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Old 22 February 2010, 07:16 PM
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Ambulance Golfer meets cactus

Comment: OUCH!!!!!!!!!!

This may hurt hurt???? This happened on a Desert Golf Course. He fell
backwards into the cactus. It took paramedics over 3 hours to pull cactus
out before he could go in ambulance to hospital. He probably had time to
drink a bottle of tequilla. And paremedics, those blue gloves will NOT help
you! (Even the leather gloves will be only of marginal help!)

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Old 23 February 2010, 06:57 AM
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I say that it's a fake golfer. A real golfer would finish the game before going to the hospital.
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Old 23 February 2010, 07:06 AM
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It hurts looking at it.
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Old 23 February 2010, 10:46 AM
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I wish the headline was "Man attacked by giant caterpillars from space!!"
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Old 23 February 2010, 11:06 AM
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That's a cholla. Those puppies have lots of spines.

ETA: the sections detach very easily, so sometimes it's called a jumping cholla.

ETA Again: I was told to use a comb- its teeth- to detach them.
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Old 23 February 2010, 11:48 AM
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I have read about a home owner in Denmark who had been trimming down a very thorny bush and tripped when he was carrying away the cut off branches and fell on top of them. It took a very long time until the doctors managed to get the last spine out of his body.
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Old 23 February 2010, 12:35 PM
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I vote real, simply because I don't think it occurs to that many photoshoppers to add a blurred finger to the picture!

BTW: ouch!
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Old 23 February 2010, 03:08 PM
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I vote real, simply because I don't think it occurs to that many photoshoppers to add a blurred finger to the picture!
Remember that there's more to Fauxtography than asking if the image is doctored or staged. I'm sure you've noticed that there are many articles that have the status as "Real photos; inaccurate description." There are many photographs that are genuine but attached to a fabricated story.
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Old 23 February 2010, 03:43 PM
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He'd just slipped out to get few holes in before lunch.
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It took a very long time until the doctors managed to get the last spine out of his body.
"Hang on, this one got vertebrae"
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Old 23 February 2010, 05:04 PM
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Remember that there's more to Fauxtography than asking if the image is doctored or staged. I'm sure you've noticed that there are many articles that have the status as "Real photos; inaccurate description." There are many photographs that are genuine but attached to a fabricated story.
Well ...

It looks like Arizona
There are golf clubs
It is definitely a cholla, probably jumping. Yes, they stick like that and hurt (personal experience).

It looks more like he fell sideways into the cactus, rather than backwards. If it was a tall version, he may have walked into it.
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Old 23 February 2010, 05:07 PM
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"I told you cucumbers always repeat on me!"
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Old 23 February 2010, 10:06 PM
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Ouchies! He must be in so much pain, poor guy.

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ETA Again: I was told to use a comb- its teeth- to detach them.
This is what my mom said she used when my father got in to a cactus when they lived out west.
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Old 24 February 2010, 12:44 AM
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Okay, maybe a dumb question, but I would expect a little blood with all those puncture holes......

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Old 24 February 2010, 12:48 AM
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Okay, maybe a dumb question, but I would expect a little blood with all those puncture holes......

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The blood -- or enough of it to be readily visible -- may not appear until the spines have been removed. And the spines themselves are very, very tiny.
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Old 24 February 2010, 02:51 AM
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Okay, maybe a dumb question, but I would expect a little blood with all those puncture holes......

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I think it's the same principle as not pulling the knife out of a stab victim (at least what they told us in first aid). The spines keep the blood contained.
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Old 24 February 2010, 04:25 PM
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I think it's the same principle as not pulling the knife out of a stab victim (at least what they told us in first aid). The spines keep the blood contained.
In this case, they have not started working on the victim yet. The real nastiness of cholla is that the spines stick out in opposing directions. You can't just yank out the cactus as you may end up driving other spines in deeper. Not to mention trying to grab onto it without hurting yourself. The best technique is ususally to separate the spines from the flesh, so you can then pull each spine directly out.

As for blood ... unless he has really jammed into the cactus, the spines are probably only in the demal layers. Think scratch as opposed to deep puncture. The opposing nature of the spines hold the cactus to the skin as opposed to a deep puncture.

Cholla spines

Tall enough to walk into
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