Sunday, July 29, 2007


Gravity: The Original Kryptonite

In catching up on an issue of New Scientist I found this:

IT WAS not so much the title "Superhero-related injuries in paediatrics: a case series" that amused us (Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol 92, p 242), as its use of language in this statement in the text: "Three of them tried to imitate Spiderman and one Superman. Three were injured after initiating flight without having planned for landing strategies."

The authors' abstract for the paper over at PubMed goes even one better: "The children we saw have all had to contemplate on their way to hospital that they do not in fact possess superpowers..."

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