#1
I felt bad for laughing but....wow.

A New Zealand truck driver who fell on a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock has survived being blown up like a balloon.

Steven McCormack had fallen between the cab and the trailer of his truck, breaking the air hose.

The nozzle pierced his buttock and began pumping air into his body, which expanded dramatically.

As he screamed, Mr McCormack's colleagues turned the air off and lay him on his side, saving his life.

The accident happened at Opotiki on the North Island on Saturday.

Mr McCormack, who is 48, is still in hospital in the nearest town, Whakatane.

He said that doctors had told him they were surprised that his skin had not burst, as the compressed air - pumping into his body at 100lb per sq inch - had separated fat from muscle.

"I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot.

"I was blowing up like a football... it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon," he told the local newspaper, the Whakatane Beacon.

He said his skin feels "like a pork roast", hard and crackly on the outside but soft underneath.

He credits his colleagues, especially Jason Wenham who lay him on his side, with saving his life.

Mr Wenham, Ross Hustler and Robbie Petersen had lifted Mr McCormack off the brass nozzle which was still stuck in his body, and packed ice around his swollen neck until an ambulance arrived.

Doctors inserted a tube into his lungs to drain the fluid and cleared the wound in his buttock using what felt to him like a drill.

"That was the most painful part," he said.

"It's fair to say he's lucky to be alive, it was a potentially life-threatening situation," a hospital spokeswoman told AFP on Wednesday.

Mr McCormack confided that the air was gradually escaping his body in the way that air usually does.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13537084
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#3
Ouch!
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#5
I like how the article refers to the truckers rescuers as his "colleagues", a term I usually associate with academia and not the stereotypical redneck trucker portrayed in US media.
#6
Was his entire body blown up or just his butt?
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#7
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I like how the article refers to the truckers rescuers as his "colleagues", a term I usually associate with academia and not the stereotypical redneck trucker portrayed in US media.


Maybe he wasnt a stereotypical redneck trucker
#8
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Maybe he wasnt a stereotypical redneck trucker

I'm not suggesting anything about the reality of the situation (as I'm uncertain that rednecks exist in New Zealand), just the imagery the article evoked in my mind.
#9
That's pretty ****ing scary. Glad he's alive.
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#10
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I'm not suggesting anything about the reality of the situation (as I'm uncertain that rednecks exist in New Zealand), just the imagery the article evoked in my mind.



Oh they're there, just few and far between, is all.
I love the way this bloke described the whole situation, especially likening his skin to a pork roast. Very much a kiwi
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#11
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Oh they're there, just few and far between, is all.
I love the way this bloke described the whole situation, especially likening his skin to a pork roast. Very much a kiwi

Yeah, his analogies were great
#12
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Yikes. That blows.

I see what you did there.... But seriously I can't imagine what that would be like.
#14
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now...if we did this with helium...
This is actually a good point. Is this situation scarier than shit? Yes. But think, we can blow people up like a balloon. Surely, somehow, that could be useful to science.
#15
A New Zealand truck driver who fell on a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock has survived being blown up like a balloon.


Riiiiiight. He fell on it, I'm sure.
#16
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This is actually a good point. Is this situation scarier than shit? Yes. But think, we can blow people up like a balloon. Surely, somehow, that could be useful to science.





I hate to think what could be unleashed on the world through experimenting with pumping helium into people's bodies.

Wait a minute....




IT WAS A SIGN!
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#18
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I hate to think what could be unleashed on the world through experimenting with pumping helium into people's bodies.

Wait a minute....

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IT WAS A SIGN!
But like, it's not even necessarily limited to helium... I'm sure there's some awesome use like maybe pumping oxygen directly into someone. I dunno, I'm just brainstorming.
#19
Brings new meaning to the phrase "Blow it out your ass"...
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#20
It's sad how we can die so unexpectedly, and in such a stupid way too.
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#21
Pics or it didn't happen.

>.>

<.<

>.>

Bad choice of words? You have to admit, wondering how it would look like is a bit intriguing.
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#22
If only it was caught on CCTV!
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#23
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But like, it's not even necessarily limited to helium... I'm sure there's some awesome use like maybe pumping oxygen directly into someone. I dunno, I'm just brainstorming.



Well I suppose it could be the resurgence of popularity that the balloon animal industry has been looking for. I mean, what kid wouldn't want to have his arm turned into a poodle?
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#25
Yikes? But why would he sit on an air pipe?

What an airhead
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#26
Of course the media has to go and blow this out of proportion.
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#27
Looks like things...

...got blown out of proportion.

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#28
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Looks like things...

...got blown out of proportion.

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Beaten to it
#29
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Looks like things...

...got blown out of proportion.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW


I beat you to the "blown out of proportion" joke.
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I put a ton of my capital into SW Airlines... The next day, THE NEXT DAY these nutters fly into the WTC. What the hell? Apparently no one wanted to fly anymore, and I was like "What gives? God damnit Osama, let me win a fuggin' game!"
#30


The ninja got ninja'd.
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#31
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The ninja got ninja'd.


Yeah, when it comes to the post speed Due just blows me out of the water.
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#32
I'm sure I can make some sort of hilarious blowjob pun, but I don't know how to go about it.

Maybe I could liken the very real economic problem of inflation to this dude's leg.
#33
Or you could liken the man's severely bloated arse to a politician's ego of your choice?
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#37
I couldn't finish reading this story. It gave me gas

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#39
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Oh they're there, just few and far between, is all.
I love the way this bloke described the whole situation, especially likening his skin to a pork roast. Very much a kiwi


We have New Zealand rednecks sort of....

Different from the stereotypical US redneck though.
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#40
Yeah, generally they're minus the guns and YEEEEHAWW.
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