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I doubt that it's possible...

Poster: "Rowanwald Central" <rownwald@gte.net>

OK -This came across a different list as a "first of the year Darwin
Award", but it sounds just too improbable to me - did anyone in
Charlottesville or it's environs hear of this?
(I'm sorry it's not medieval or remotely what we usually post - but this
one was just TOO weird for me and this is the only list that has folks from
the area on it. Please excuse the wasted bandwidth - and please, if you
have any response, send it privately so as to not disturb the Rose's
patrons more than I already have.)


>   CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Nov. 13) -- A 39-year-old Charlottesville Man
died Thursday in a freak accident involving his washing machine. According
to police reports, Samuel Randolph Strickson was doing laundry when he
tried to speed up the process. Strickson apparently tried
> to stuff approximately 50 pounds of laundry into his washing machine by
climbing on top of the washer and attempting to force the clothing into the
   Strickson then apparently accidentally kicked the washing machine's ON
button. When the machine turned on, Strickson lost his balance and both
feet went down into the machine, where they got stuck. The machine started
its cycle, and Strickson, unable to free himself, started thrashing around
as the machine's agitator went into gear. Strickson's head banged against a
nearby shelf in the laundry room, knocking over a bottle of bleach, which
poured over Strickson's face, blinding him.  Forensic reports say Strickson
apparently also swallowed some  of the bleach.  He then vomited, but was
still unable to free himself.
   Strickson's dog, then apparently came into the laundry room.  At about
the same time, according to police, a large box of baking soda fell from
the shelf,  startling the dog, who then urinated. Urine, like vinegar, is
acidic,  and the chemical reaction between the urine and the baking soda
resulted in "a small explosion," according to police reports. The dog,
however, escaped unharmed. Strickson remained stuck in the washing 
machine, which eventually went into its high-speed spin cycle, spinning
Strickson round at about 70 miles per hour, according to forensic experts. 
Strickson's head then smashed against a steel beam behind the washing
machine, immediately killing him. A neighbor heard the commotion and called
911, but Strickson was pronounced dead at  the scene.

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