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Monday, November 20, 2006

Natural Selection At Work

When I read on the toilet, I learn all sorts of things. This from Sports Illustrated --

"REPORTED By doctors at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, that emergency-room visits from men decline by 30% during broadcasts of sporting events. (The researchers looked at 796 pro and college football, basketball and baseball games between 2000 and 2003).

"In the four hours after the events, the number of men in the ER went up 40%. David Jerrald, the doctor who led the study, says an acquaintance of his died recently when he put off calling 911 during Georgia Tech football game. "By the time he capitulated to having 911 called, he was in cardiac arrest," says Jerrold, who hopes that men will "reconsider watching that two-minute drive and go to the hospital".

Yikes. Plus lord knows what effect being a fan might have on your blood pressure if you aren't feeling well and then your team does something stupid.

I wonder if this works for TV too -- if people are holding off heading for the emergency room if Lost or Desperate Housewives or The Sopranos is in the middle of the episode.

I was watching "A Simple Plan" in a movie theater with a friend when he started having chest pains; we left immediately and went to the hospital. It turned out to just be gas. I'm not sure what the lesson is there.


At 11:27 PM, Blogger Random Brandon said...

As an avid sports fan and lover of film and television I can say that TV and movies are different than sporting events. TV shows can be recorded, and like movies, are on on DVD and can be watched at a later date. Sporting events are a national event that is happening live, and happening only once. Once its over, its over. It can be recorded, but loses its effect. There is a bond between fan and player, that we are both focused on the same thing at the same time no matter where we are in the world. When my team is struggling and losing a game they shouldn't be losing, the players are worried, anxious, and trying to think of what to do to get back in the game and win. These are the things I am going through too, at the same time. (This actually happened as my Chiefs almost lost to the Raiders!)Some of us yell at the TV when something goes wrong, and cheer when something goes right. Some look at that and think its wierd, since the players on tv can't hear us. Well, we're not saying things for them to hear, we're saying things they are thinking. A receiver drops a pass, we yell "ah, man, you gotta catch that shit!". Thats what the Quarterback is thinking. Thats what everyone else on that team and all their fans are thinking. Its not the same watching a taped sporting event because it has already happened and you aren't experiencing the emotions along with the team and other fans. The stat you read about Scott is understandable. Not good, but understandable.

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Bang2Write said...

Why do men read on the toilet? It seems to be some sort of gender divide thing. All the scientists of the world should study this phenomenon and reveal to women why men do it - then we may have more communication going on. I'm serious.

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Brett said...

The toilet remains the one room in the house where the man can enjoy some degree of privacy and isolation. Anywhere else the wife comes in and harasses the man for just sitting around, claiming that he oughta be somewhere else, doing something else.

But on the toilet...

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Hey, I'm a multi-tasker who can't shut his brain off. I have to get my leisure reading done where I can.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Spanish Prisoner said...

I've constructed entire plot-twists on the toilet.

Some of them I flushed down.

At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, studies have shown that car accidents increase in cities when the home sports team loses.


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