Tuesday, January 02, 2007

One big Darwin Awards list

Animal Sacrifices Maim 1,400 in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey Dec 31, 2006 (AP)— Over a thousand Turks spent the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha in emergency wards on Sunday after stabbing themselves or suffering other injuries while sacrificing startled animals.

At least 1,413 people referred to as "amateur butchers" by the Turkish media were treated at hospitals across the country, most suffering cuts to their hands and legs, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Four people were severely injured, crushed under the weight of large animals that fell on top of them, the agency reported. Another person was hurt when a crane used to lift an animal tumbled onto him, the agency said.

Three other people suffered heart attacks and died while trying to restrain animals, CNN-Turk television reported.
"Kids, don't try this at home."

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