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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Oh, Lester, your presence is missed.

If ever a story needed a Playmobil reenactment...

Pint, in memoriam--->

PS: I managed to shove the wheel off a Matchbox car up my nostril at the tender age of 4 or thereabouts. I still have a vivid memory of going to Alder Hey hospital to have it removed, and the doc holding said wheel in tweezers in front of my eyes - but to this day I swear there was nothing on the tweezers. Wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that it was all a cruel con and the wheel is still there. It would explain a lot.

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Re: Oh, Lester, your presence is missed.

"I managed to shove the wheel off a Matchbox car up my nostril at the tender age of 4 or thereabouts."

Same age, same sort of thing, but in my case it was a polystyrene bean bag ball.

A few decades later, and as far as I know, it's still there - the doctor didn't seem too concerned, saying it probably fell out without me noticing (possible, but I doubt it, in my idiocy I managed to get it quite deep up there).

I live in hope that one day, an epic sneeze will produce a lump of polystyrene-cored snot horror and propel me into a new life of genius, like Homer Simpson minus the crayon stuck in his brain.

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Re: Oh, Lester, your presence is missed.

I stuck either a piece of lego (is what my Mum says it was) or Popeye's head (which is what I remember it being), from a kinder-egg up my nostril, and had to go to hospital to have it removed.

Funny how we remember these things.

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Re: Oh, Lester, your presence is missed.

Which is why Kinder eggs are banned in the USA. :-(

They're available in Canada, though, but don't even think about trying to smuggle them across the border.

Dave

P.S. You can bring beer across the border, but make sure you declare it. Otherwise, the Customs guys can confiscate it and stick you with a huge fine. Oh, and if you do want to try smuggling it, make sure it's premium beer. ;-)

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@Dave

Kinder Eggs are banned in the states due to a 1930s law banning candy with non-food objects inside.

However they do have kinder eggs (sort of) called Kinder Joy. The chocolate and the toy are separate to get around the law.

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If you can't have non-food objects inside your candy, how come you're allowed to buy Hersheys?

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Having lived in the US for a while, I concur. Hersheys is the Devil's vomit.

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I think the law actually bans all kinds of thing with non-food inside food, so the answer to the question relies on what part of the outside of a Hershey bar is food. I mean, presumably it's 100% non-food, so there isn't any food on the outside for the non-food to be inside.

And the law also, in this case, probably takes a ... broad ... interpretation of what constitutes "food". Hershey bars might *taste* like they are made of concrete and/or lethal poisons, but they *aren't* concrete and/or lethal poisons. Every one of the molecules in a Hershey bar is allowed to be contained in food. It's just that there isn't any actual food along with them.

Hmm. I think I'm repeating myself, but I might just be saying the same thing in different words.

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Re: 1930s law banning candy with non-food objects inside.

Ok, not candy, but fruit with stones inside should technically be banned. Some stones in fruit are lethal if cracked open and consumed.

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Re: 1930s law banning candy with non-food objects inside.

Yes, but new-age nutjobs can buy a packet of apricot pits (a packet of 60 includes the handy notice in small print: "do not eat more than five per day").

An insane country -- love working here, but the quality of life is, umm, better than India.

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Re: @Dave

Hersheys is the Devil's vomit.

Spookily, I seem to remember that Hersheys does have in it some of the compounds that you would find in vomit.

Can't be bothered to use $SEARCH_ENGINE to find it now though.

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Re: @Dave

It doesn't count if the vomit is your own, after you ate Hersheys.

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Proof...

...that traffic con[e in]gestion is bad for the lungs.

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...bronchogenic...

This explains why he was so hoarse.

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Re: ...bronchogenic...

...but his condition is now "stable".

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Re: ...bronchogenic...

I guess the cone was his mane problem...

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Re: ...bronchogenic...

It would behoof you all to rein in the horse puns

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"It would behoof you all to rein in the horse puns"

No point in shutting the door now - they are falling like cats and dogs.

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Re: ...bronchogenic...

No point in shutting the door now - they are falling like cats and dogs.

In related news, two cargo aircraft carrying Japanese car parts collided earlier - witnesses say it's now raining Datsun cogs.

Sorry.

7-year-old me will get my coat.

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witnesses say it's now raining Datsun cogs.

Same witness that reported on the pride of the US space Navy that went too close to the sun and broke up? All they found was one star-mangled spanner..

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True Story

My fat younger brother inhaled a smaller traffic cone from my (toy) range rover police car. For fifteen years his breath was a horrible mix of shit and more shit. One day he sneezed, his nose erupted with blood and this small calcified traffic cone shot out. His breath still honks and he's still fat, but at least I now have a full set of cones for the coppers. (actually I don't, I am 44 and this happened when I was younger)

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Re: True Story

Do I detect a bit of sibling rivalry here?

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Re: True Story

Not at all - He's a car showroom manager - read into that what you will.

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Re: True Story

Totally justified then :-)

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That was an awesome Corgi car, it had I think 6 or 8 cones, 3 signs, opening doors and rear. I had a collection of police vehicles, the Rang Rover, a Land Rover, 2 minis and I think a Ford Escort that may have had working headlights or flasher.

Surprisingly, a few weeks ago I found the box of cars, looking a bit sadder than I remember in the loft, traffic cones included.

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This is why

you shouldn't play with Playmobil.

Lego is the superior toy - the sharp edges on most blocks would cause far more trauma to a young child's lungs and require removal far more swiftly.

Won't someone think of the children?

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Re: This is why

That's a good point. Small children should be given more sharp objects to play with.

It's for their own good.

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Re: This is why

And they should play with them on their cone

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Re: This is why

Don't forget the trauma to people who walk around barefoot...

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Re: This is why

So the answer is Stickle Bricks.

Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!

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Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!

Funny how things develop here. We started with Playmobil, passed Lego and have finally arrived at caltrops for kids :)

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"Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!"

Glue a couple of old Intel x86 CPUs together.

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"Perhaps ones made of metal, with extra-sharp ends. A proper educational toy!"

Meh. Just buy them a nice set of knives and be done with it.

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Re: This is why

have finally arrived at caltrops for kids :)

I remember, as a youngster, throwing one of Mum's crotchet-hooks at an annoying older brother. Trouble is, I'd selected one of the very fine ones and thrown it hard enough for it to stick in..

I still think that he was a wimp for running around shouting at me to pull it out (quite naturally, as the smaller sibling, I'd thrown it at his back. My career as an assassin^W extreme troubleshooter started young..)

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Moral of the story

Inhaling Playmobil is worse for you than cigarettes?

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"[...] and he's been spluttering ever since [...]"

Apparently it produced no problems with breathing until about a year ago.

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Playmobil or id didn't happen

Oh...

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First reported case of...

conic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Mine's the one with the stethoscope in the pocket.

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Re: First reported case of...

Congratulations Mr. Harris.... you win LOL of the day!

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Inhaling traffic cones can be bad for your health

Let that be a warning to you

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felt poorly for a year, coughed up some very nasty stuff and so visited a respiratory clinic.

He felt poorly and coughed up nasty stuff for a whole year before visiting a clinic?

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Re: felt poorly for a year, coughed up some very nasty stuff and so visited a respiratory clinic.

Are you not familiar with the NHS?

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Re: felt poorly for a year, coughed up some very nasty stuff and so visited a respiratory clinic.

He felt poorly and coughed up nasty stuff for a whole year before visiting a clinic?

Well, he was a smoker, so was probably afraid they'd tell him it was the Big "C"

[for cone, of course]

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I'm the same age as this patient, and I know I inhaled a small piece of Lego around the same year. Hopefully I don't become the topic of a similar paper one day.

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I'm the same age as this patient, and I know I inhaled a small piece of Lego around the same year.

Maybe it was something about the year because in 1977 (I think) I accidentally swallowed a 5p (shilling) piece that I was supposed to be handing over as subs for Boys' Brigade.

For some reason I was x-rayed at one hospital, but driven across town to a different hospital to have the thing removed. The x-ray showed it was not very far down, and the surgeon confidently told my parents it would be a matter of no more than an hour to get it out.

Four hours later, my parents getting extremely agitated, it turned out that the journey had shaken the coin down. From what I gather, once they couldn't find it in the place shown on the picture, they basically had to feel for it gently, using longer and longer endoscopic type tools. It was reasonably well wedged; if it hadn't been they would probably have left it to make its exit naturally...

M.

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A small button battery went missing from a neighbour's kid's toy. He was suspected of swallowing it and rushed to A&E. An x-ray showed no sign of it - so a false alarm.

My thought was that it would have worked its way through him. His mother is a nurse and told me that such batteries can get lodged - and the electrolysis then destroys flesh. A serious problem.

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I was waiting for the punch line where they removed five pennies, instead of the five pence coin.

Anon Y. Mous

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@Anon Y. Mous

Still waiting-

no change yet!

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An x-ray showed no sign of it - so a false alarm.

Presumably he was discharged.

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such batteries can get lodged - and the electrolysis then destroys flesh

I'd also be pretty concerned with the toxic chemicals used in such batteries. Minor things like mercury..

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