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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:48 am

That doesn't look comfortable. I haven't yet drilled into my thumb, but I did sever the end of it open down to the bone with an exceptionally sharp penknife. However that was quite clean, so gluing it back together was quite easy.

Ragnarok's #1 first aid tip - have some good wound glue around. Stings a bit, but it's very useful.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:34 am

Ragnarok wrote:Ragnarok's #1 first aid tip - have some good wound glue around. Stings a bit, but it's very useful.


jokes aside:

Cyanoacrylates were invented in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover of Kodak Laboratories during experiments to make a special extra-clear plastic suitable for gun sights. He found they weren't suitable for that purpose, so he set the formula aside. Six years later he pulled it out of the drawer thinking it might be useful as a new plastic for airplane canopies. Wrong again--but he did find that cyanoacrylates would glue together many materials with incredible strength and quick action, including two very expensive prisms when he tried to test the ocular qualities of the substance. Seeing possibilities for a new adhesive, Kodak developed "Eastman #910" (later "Eastman 910") a few years later as the first true "super glue." In a now-famous demonstration conducted in 1959, Dr. Coover displayed the strength of this new product on the early television show "I've Got a Secret," where he used a single drop placed between two steel cylinders to lift the host of the show, Garry Moore, completely off of the ground.

The use of cyanoacrylate glues in medicine was considered fairly early on. Eastman Kodak and Ethicon began studying whether the glues could be used to hold human tissue together for surgery. In 1964 Eastman submitted an application to use cyanoacrylate glues to seal wounds to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Soon afterward Dr. Coover's glue did find use in Vietnam--reportedly in 1966 cyanoacrylates were tested on-site by a specially trained surgical team, with impressive results. According to an interview with Dr. Coover by the Kingsport Times-News:

Coover said the compound demonstrated an excellent capacity to stop bleeding, and during the Vietnam War, he developed disposal cyanoacrylate sprays for use in the battle field.

"If somebody had a chest wound or open wound that was bleeding, the biggest problem they had was stopping the bleeding so they could get the patient back to the hospital. And the consequence was--many of them bled to death. So the medics used the spray, stopped the bleeding, and were able to get the wounded back to the base hospital. And many, many lives were saved," Coover said.

"This was very powerful. That's something I'm very proud of--the number of lives that were saved," he said.

Ironically, the Food & Drug Administration hadn't given approval for the medical use of the compound at that point. But the military used the substance, anyway
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Unread postAuthor: octane89 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:38 am

Thats pretty bad. I only have seen that in a welding shop before, but then the guy fainted and cracked his head open on a steel table too.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:51 pm

@JSR: I wasn't joking. I did actually superglue my thumb back into one piece, but I use a more specialised glue for today's accidents.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:10 pm

Ragnarok wrote:@JSR: I wasn't joking. I did actually superglue my thumb back into one piece, but I use a more specialised glue for today's accidents.


Indeedy, cyanoacrylate isn't considered an ideal solution to flesh wounds. Unless of course you've developed a resistance to the effects of cyanide anyway :D
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Unread postAuthor: FordGtMan » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:13 pm

OH iv got one....
The first time i have ever got introduced to spud guns was at my grandpas place being bored as crap. There were some pipe and fittings that he had and my cousin had made one before so i decided to make one. I was making a small bore combustion(1/2 inch barrel and 1.5 inch chamber) and i got everything set and ready to glue. I had gotten the sparker set and i asked my pops how long the glue dried. he said to look on the container. so i did. i read 5 min. It was an old can that the letters had rubbed off and for some reason i thought that is what it said. So i glue it. After that long wait of 5 min, i tried the sparker. i couldn't see it spark so i put my face to see it. The fumes ignited and burnt every bit of facial hair i was working up to, not to mention the stinging. After that was done and forgotten, i fired it. i put a spud in there, fired it, and the whole thing blew up :shock: The worst part of it was is that it was a shoulder fired cannon, and it came apart three inches from my ear. It blew the coupling off and went about ten feet behind me.

May i be the stupidest Son of a beotch ever on this site for many years 8)
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Unread postAuthor: ShowNoMercy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:30 pm

@ Rag, what finger did you sever? I did the same thing to my left pointer, all the way to the bone, it was hanging off by the underside tendon. Spent all night in the hospital getting it sewed back on.
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:35 pm

Thats pretty bad. I only have seen that in a welding shop before, but then the guy fainted and cracked his head open on a steel table too.

Well fortunately I didn't faint, but I did wake the neighbors when I yelled
"AH SH*T, YOU F*CKIN DUMBA**". Sadly I couldn't use super glue to fix this one though...

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I think he said he severed his thumb.
That sounds pretty damn bad about you finger though man, at least you were able to keep it.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:12 am

I cut my leg down to the bone, A 4 inch long cut on my right leg about 3/4 of the way up my lower leg, on a minibike clutch.

the cut, by the time we got to the hospital, was about a 1/2 wide.....

the clutch cauterised it too, so it didnt bleed too much.

250*f + 4000 rpm= bad (when coming in contact /w/ flesh :wink: )
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:58 am

ShowNoMercy wrote:@ Rag, what finger did you sever?

Right thumb. Scar is still visible if you look closely enough, but it does fit in with my thumb print to avoid making it too visible.

@Hotwired: Yup, but at the time, I was just looking for a solution. Worked pretty well.

@Schmanman: That doesn't sound great. I've never had any bike related accidents that bad, but I did end up with a 1/4" deep scab in my knee when I was a mere fraction of my current age because of an accident on a pedal bike - and I tell you, those scabs are the ones you really shouldn't pick at.
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Unread postAuthor: ShowNoMercy » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:04 am

Lucky, I have a lovely scar running from one side to the other and a now natural droop in the tip. Did I mention I can predict when its gonna precipitate? :wink: Starts to ache like a [female doggy].
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:15 am

I also have a certain ability to predict the weather: "It's the UK, so it's probably going to rain today."

Joking aside, I do have some capacity to predict a few minutes ahead on the weather. I've been able to predict which direction the weather will turn with reasonable accuracy for a few years now, and I'm even better predicting thunderstorms.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:10 pm

moral of the story: when you load an orange into your 2.5 inch burst disk cannon at 70 psi, open the ball valve and nothing happens, don't look back with a puzzled look and inadvertantly point the damn thing slightly higher than you intended :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: LikimysCrotchus5 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:38 pm

Man you guys do very dangerous, especially you Killjoy. That picture didnt seem to bad, until i saw that you punctured it through the top. That must have hurt. But seeing that i have seen brain surgery before (my mom is a nurse and i went to her hospital for job shadowing) that doesnt disgust (disgusted) me.

I have never broken a bone, nor have ever gotten stiches, nor even been under (in surgery).

The worst i had was probably when i hit my chin on the edge of the counter when i was younger. Almost was going to get stiches, but didnt.

And something else irrelevant, i got bitten by a snapping turtle when i was in 5th grade. :shock:

EDIT: that was wierd, when i type disgusted without -ed-, i get disgust.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:28 pm

LikimysCrotchus5 wrote:I have never broken a bone, nor have ever gotten stiches, nor even been under (in surgery).


Same here, worse i've done was either cutting my knee open with a saw by accident (didn't require stiches) or when I was playing cricket at school and when I bowled my arm came down on someones shoulder and I fractured my thumb or something.

And for you American's...

Like this except my hand came down on someone's shoulder
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