NCBI ROFL: Injuries due to falling coconuts.

By ncbi rofl | August 26, 2009 3:00 pm

“Falling coconuts can cause injury to the head, back, and shoulders. A 4-year review of trauma admissions to the Provincial Hospital, Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, revealed that 2.5% of such admissions were due to being struck by falling coconuts. Since mature coconut palms may have a height of 24 up to 35 meters and an unhusked coconut may weigh 1 to 4 kg, blows to the head of a force exceeding 1 metric ton are possible. Four patients with head injuries due to falling coconuts are described. Two required craniotomy. Two others died instantly in the village after being struck by dropping nuts.”

Thanks to Ian for today’s ROFL!

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  • drpantzo

    It's unusual to those of us who live far away from coconut palms, but I'd hardly consider it to be funny. Head trauma ≠ ROFL

  • Shin

    "Since mature coconut palms may have a height of 24 up to 35 meters and an unhusked coconut may weigh 1 to 4 kg, blows to the head of a force exceeding 1 metric ton are possible."

  • Anonymous

    agree with drpantzo: definitely NOT funny!

  • Anonymous

    So what's the upshot? Do we need to increase the African swallow population in areas with Coconut palms? This would be ROFL if it were Monty Python related. Come back when someone does a study to determine whether a swallow could actually "grip it by the husk".

  • Karen

    I know the author of this paper. It's a serious matter. Absolutely, head trauma is not funny.

  • jay

    My neice who was 8 months old was hit by the coconut on the head. Her grandmother brought her outside the house, then they didn't notice that the coconut fall off..I hate coconuts because it can kill humans. My 8 months old neice is under observation. This is happened in the philippines

  • bharath

    i got hit by a falling coconut may be around 1kg. center of my head so what may happen to me is this danger?pls help me?

  • jay

    lol

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