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Woman drinks so much water she dies
CNN/AP ^ | 01-13-07

Posted on 01/14/2007 6:05:25 AM PST by mfnorman

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday.

Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.

"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."

It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed.

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To: twntaipan
but does the radio station have any liability in this?

Absolutely. Her kids should own the radio station after the trial.

51 posted on 01/14/2007 7:26:39 AM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: mfnorman
This water stuff sounds dangerous.

I'm going back to booze.
52 posted on 01/14/2007 7:27:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You'll shoot your eye out, kid)
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To: fleagle

Yep, worst station promotion since the WKRP Turkey drop,


53 posted on 01/14/2007 7:29:15 AM PST by catfish1957 (Pelosi, Kennedy, Reid, Remember those names as you firmly hold on to your pocketbook and rights.)
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To: All
So, we have become such sheeple that if someone promises us a treat if we will, in return, do something that is dangerous to ourselves, we should hold the promisor responsible? That's just stupid! Sorry, I don't hold the station totally responsible. They maybe should have handed out a sheet of "danger signs that you're drinking yourself to death", but then some shark would say they were discriminating against the illiterate!

I do have sympathy for the family of this woman, but I do not think the station is responsible. Lordy, if I could sue someone for every stupid mistake I've made, I'd own the world! LOL!
54 posted on 01/14/2007 7:29:28 AM PST by blu (Need a seasonal tagline...)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sh*t!! Why didn't I make the connection! :-P


55 posted on 01/14/2007 7:33:34 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: RouxStir

Not sure about air but pure oxygen can kill you.


56 posted on 01/14/2007 7:33:53 AM PST by Soothesayer (Birth is murder!)
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To: Alouette

There really should be a law to regulate Dihydrogen Monoxide.


57 posted on 01/14/2007 7:38:08 AM PST by TheDon (Are you a cut and run conservative?)
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To: mfnorman

I have heard of it, but not with just ONE gallon of water!


58 posted on 01/14/2007 7:43:01 AM PST by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE ~ It is a CHILD!!!!!!)
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To: blu
"if someone promises us a treat if we will, in return, do something that is dangerous to ourselves"

I'm inclined to bet this poor woman had no idea she was about to harm, let alone kill, herself. The radio station should have checked into the dangers of water overload before they held the contest. IMHO they bear some of the responsibility here. It was an accident waiting to happen.

59 posted on 01/14/2007 7:43:12 AM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: mfnorman

That's why parents of newborns are warned not to give them water bottles - it can happen very quickly to a baby.


60 posted on 01/14/2007 7:46:46 AM PST by mommya
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To: dfwgator
Absolutely. Her kids should own the radio station after the trial.

Really? So, IOW, she bears absolutely no responsibility for her own conduct? Jeez.....and some folks wonder why people are winning $200 million lawsuits for spilling coffee on themselves....how utterly sad it is that we have slipped this far away from personal responsibility.

61 posted on 01/14/2007 7:50:22 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Thermalseeker

Normally I don't support lawsuits, but the radio station showed incredible negligence in having a contest without knowing the potential consequences of drinking too much water.

You would never see a radio station holding a contest for the person who can drink the most alcohol, as it is common knowlege that drinking too much alcohol is potentially deadly. But there is enough information out there about the consequences of drinking too much water, that limited due diligence should have been able to discover.


62 posted on 01/14/2007 7:54:54 AM PST by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Championship U)
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To: L98Fiero

Hmmmmm OMGoodness! Years ago while still in the Navy, we had just left Jamaica where pot was good, cheap, and everywhere the Captain gave a surprise urine test to EVERYONE.

For those, including myself who indulged in the Jamaican culture were told to pass the test we should consume water like there wasn't going to be any tomorrow.

Drink water, GO, drink water, GO, drink water, GO till you really were'nt passing anything into the little cup except water. I swear I must have drank 5 gallons within a 2 hour time.


63 posted on 01/14/2007 7:55:12 AM PST by diverteach
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To: aruanan
The same thing can happen by drinking water that is too pure. This is why it's dangerous to drink distilled water and why, in research institutions, there are "not safe for human consumption" on milli-Q water dispensers.

I find it difficult to believe that drinking water that is "too pure" is in any way dangerous. I understand that one can drink a toxic amount, of water, but the level of purity can't hurt you.

64 posted on 01/14/2007 7:57:48 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: Irish_Thatcherite

Because you drank too much...water?


65 posted on 01/14/2007 8:00:38 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: Graybeard58
Reminds me of the Indian who drank a hundred gallons of tea one night, they found him drowned the next morning in his tee pee.

I'm glad I was not drinking coffee when I read this.

66 posted on 01/14/2007 8:01:42 AM PST by SALChamps03
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To: Paradox

I'm taking a shipboard medical course right now- the other day the instructor said that sports drinks should be diluted 3:1 water to gatorade- the sugar in those drinks prevents rapid uptake of electrolytes in cases of moderate to severe dehydration.


67 posted on 01/14/2007 8:04:18 AM PST by capt.P (Hold Fast! Strong Hand Uppermost!)
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To: dfwgator
Normally I don't support lawsuits, but the radio station showed incredible negligence in having a contest without knowing the potential consequences of drinking too much water.

Okay, lets assume for a moment that the radio station is negligent, even grossly negligent. Wouldn't this same negligence also apply to the woman? After all, she was not forced to consume a fatal amount of dihydromonoxide, she did so of her own free will. She voluntarily entered the contest and no one forced her to participate.

I see these sorts of frivolous law suits and their consequences everywhere I look. They are killing the general aviation industry, the medical industry, and business as a whole because businesses are having to cover themselves for every conceivable circumstance where some dipwad will misuse their product, like trying to use a hair dryer in the bathtub. It has gotten to the point where you simply cannot buy sufficient insurance coverage to protect yourself against this sort of crap.

Support this if you want, but ultimately you will pay the price in higher insurance premiums and higher cost for products. Ultimately, the only ones who really win are the lawyers.....and that is no accident.

68 posted on 01/14/2007 8:05:58 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: catfish1957

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!!!"



69 posted on 01/14/2007 8:07:18 AM PST by fleagle
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To: Buddy B

We were also given salt tablets when I was in VN, at the start of
the chow line.

Alongside the salt tablets was an experimental (we didn`t know it) malaria
tablet. The Gov later found out their was health risks with that if I
remember correctly


70 posted on 01/14/2007 8:07:57 AM PST by 31M20RedDevil ( Jimmy Carter : the sorriest President of them all)
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To: brivette

Not really. Like everything else, to much is bad for you


71 posted on 01/14/2007 8:08:52 AM PST by Kaslin (In war, there are two exit strategies. One is called victory. The other is called defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

It was a play on words. The women's last name is Strange.


72 posted on 01/14/2007 8:10:30 AM PST by brivette
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To: mfnorman

water intoxication? never in my life have i heard of that"

Water in excess amounts washes out your electrolytes. If your metabolism gets all out of whack, you can die.

Having said that- I nominate her for a 2007 finalist for the Darwin awards. She died for an electronic toy. Something she didn't NEED to live her daily life.


73 posted on 01/14/2007 8:12:49 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: brivette

Oh I thought you meant it was strange that she died because she drank to much water. I didn't read what her name was


74 posted on 01/14/2007 8:13:01 AM PST by Kaslin (In war, there are two exit strategies. One is called victory. The other is called defeat.)
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To: mfnorman
Where her last words "Ne frustra vixisse videar"?
75 posted on 01/14/2007 8:15:02 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Peace will come when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israel)
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To: ridesthemiles
I nominate her for a 2007 finalist for the Darwin awards. She died for an electronic toy.

She had three kids. You have to die without passing on genes to qualify.

76 posted on 01/14/2007 8:16:15 AM PST by Spirochete
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To: Alouette
Just another one of the horrors of Dihydrogen Monoxide

You're not kidding. Go check out the horrors of this chemical here: DHMO.org. Our rivers, streams and oceans are full of the stuff!

77 posted on 01/14/2007 8:17:01 AM PST by Doohickey (I am not unappeasable. YOU are just too easily appeased.)
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To: SpringheelJack
a woman committed suicide by drinking too much water from a hose...."

of all the ways to commit suicide and thats how you choose to do it

78 posted on 01/14/2007 8:18:37 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: Thermalseeker

My guess is all the contestants had to sign some sort of contract indicating the radio station would not beheld liable in case of accident/injury.


79 posted on 01/14/2007 8:19:28 AM PST by Mrs.Liberty
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To: SpringheelJack

what's the radio station saying about this?


80 posted on 01/14/2007 8:19:36 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: mfnorman
what's the radio station saying about this?

I don't listen to it so I don't know if they've said anything on air, but the newspaper report said:

"Phone calls and e-mails to The End [its moniker] and its parent company, Entercom, were not returned Saturday. Two employees standing outside the radio station's Foothill Farms building referred all questions to the station's management."

81 posted on 01/14/2007 8:23:12 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: Soothesayer
Not sure about air but pure oxygen can kill you.

Yup! Oxygen is a highly toxic and corrosive gas, in high concentrations and pressures. Just the amount of O2 in air can kill a diver who's gone past about 200 feet in depth. And while it's not in itself flamible, it is required for combustion, and will take a glowing ember to a roaring inferno in an instant. Also, oxygen can cause a "flash fire" when it comes in contact with certain petroleum products, or other flammable materials.

On the other hand, it really sucks when you don't have enough of it...

82 posted on 01/14/2007 8:24:09 AM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: mfnorman
I am VERA familiar with this. When I was an itinerate hack musician, we used have trouble filling the endless hours in the van between gigs. I don't remember how we got on the subject, but the keyboard player said that if a person drinks a gallon of water in an hour, you would DIE. And then, of course, I called BS. And a wager was made.

So a gallon of water and 1 hour later, I was sick and dizzy and was passing water for the next 2 days. I could barely play the show that night. HAOWEVUH:

Not ONLY did I get piano-boy's 100$ per diem, but I also had the cleanest colon in the band for the next week. But it's NOT something I would recommend ANYONE doing. Unless an OBSCENE amount of money is involved, and you don't have anything to do for about 48 hours other than shiver, sweat and run to the bathroom every 10 minutes.

83 posted on 01/14/2007 8:28:55 AM PST by The Drowning Witch (Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:)
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To: mfnorman

Ban water!


84 posted on 01/14/2007 8:32:34 AM PST by Aikonaa
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To: Buddy B; Paradox

I remember my father, CSM Gamecock, had a bottle of salt tablets around the house back when I was growing up.


85 posted on 01/14/2007 8:34:34 AM PST by Gamecock (Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei)
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To: brivette

You noticed that too. Besides this story being almost unbelievable, her last name is the first thing that stood out.


86 posted on 01/14/2007 8:35:03 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: dfwgator

i'm certain that the radio station made every participant of this contest sign some sort of waiver that exempted them from any liability


87 posted on 01/14/2007 8:35:09 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: The Drowning Witch
"I could barely play the show that night"

what a trooper

88 posted on 01/14/2007 8:39:10 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: MotleyGirl70

Exactly. Strange circumstances, strange name.


89 posted on 01/14/2007 8:41:26 AM PST by brivette
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To: SALChamps03

Pure water can be toxic.


90 posted on 01/14/2007 8:43:25 AM PST by brivette
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To: gore_sux_2000

I thought that fainting was the normal physiological reaction to just having run a marathon.

< }B^)


91 posted on 01/14/2007 9:01:14 AM PST by Erasmus (Able was Napolopan ere Napolopan saw Elba.)
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To: pesto

Strange things happening in your neck of the woods!


92 posted on 01/14/2007 9:10:09 AM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

"Not as rare as the article thinks. Read up on hyponatremia."

Not rare at all with babies. Don't give your babies bottles of water


93 posted on 01/14/2007 9:10:22 AM PST by Figment
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To: capt.P
My dad's a neurologist. A large portion of the cases he sees in the summertime here in Buffalo are old ladies who's neurological symptoms come from dehydration.

He (almost) never prescribes water. He always tells them the same thing:

Beer & pretzels.

They laugh, but it works.

94 posted on 01/14/2007 9:13:56 AM PST by Obi-Wandreas (Dedicated to the shameless pursuit of silliness)
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To: mfnorman

So who's going to get her Wii?


95 posted on 01/14/2007 9:19:32 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I'm 66 days from outliving Steve Irwin)
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To: mfnorman

What is it about women and their bottled water? Nearly every woman has to have a quart of BW in her hand or she's not dieting. What a farce.

Here in Oregon we have the cleanest water in the world and they are buying it by the truckload. Talk about gullible.

Pray for W and Our Troops


96 posted on 01/14/2007 9:22:05 AM PST by bray (Redeploy to Iran)
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To: brivette

I can't buy that one either. Can you provide some documentation?


97 posted on 01/14/2007 9:28:02 AM PST by DManA
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To: SamAdams76
So who's going to get her Wii?

Yeah, do the kids get the Wii?

You have to wonder if Ms. Strange somehow could be transported to the future and use a Time Phone to call herself in the past, could she have convinced herself from drinking herself to death?

98 posted on 01/14/2007 9:33:34 AM PST by csvset
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To: SamAdams76

the story never stated that she won it


99 posted on 01/14/2007 9:43:51 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: mfnorman

"of all the ways to commit suicide and thats how you choose to do it"

death by garden hose..... has kind of a nice ring to it...


100 posted on 01/14/2007 9:48:53 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Don't let reality ruin your day.)
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