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400-pound woman who plunged through UES sidewalk says size saved her life (NYC)
NY Post ^ | 1/13/13 | ERIN CALABRESE, REBECCA HARSHBARGER and FRANK ROSARIO

Posted on 01/13/2013 12:34:35 PM PST by jimbo123

Size does matter!

The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall.

“Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me,” Ulanda Williams, 32, told The Post as she was discharged from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Williams, of Springfield Gardens, was waiting for a bus at about 9:10 p.m. Friday when she tried to hide from the rain under an awning.

The ground suddenly disappeared beneath her — and she was swallowed whole by the cavernous space adjacent to the cellar of The Blue Room on Second Avenue.

“It was horrible, absolutely horrible,” said Williams, who broke her arm in two places in the 6-foot fall.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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1 posted on 01/13/2013 12:34:39 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Hope she was wearing her Levi’s 1002 Blues. Probably protected her skin from abrasions.


2 posted on 01/13/2013 12:38:43 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: jimbo123

People who take the subway have something new to worry about.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 12:42:02 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: jimbo123
I'd sure like to have that click back  :-\
4 posted on 01/13/2013 12:43:39 PM PST by tomkat ( .. shall not be infringed)
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To: tomkat

So! Bigger is better.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 12:44:47 PM PST by Conserev1
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To: jimbo123
Bounced?
Yeah, I know, pot ~vs~ kettle...Maybe my extra 20+ lbs might save my life someday...
6 posted on 01/13/2013 12:47:37 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: jimbo123

I guess she hasn’t considered that perhaps the sidewalk wouldn’t have collapsed at all if she had been a woman of a svelte 250 lbs?


7 posted on 01/13/2013 12:49:31 PM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: jimbo123; a fool in paradise

Wow, she was 300lb yesterday and grew 100 pounds in a day!


8 posted on 01/13/2013 12:49:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: jimbo123

A thinner woman wouldn’t have gone through the sidwalk in the first place.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 12:50:10 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: jimbo123

Bertha?


10 posted on 01/13/2013 12:50:48 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Revolting cat!

I thought the same thing...


11 posted on 01/13/2013 12:51:50 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: jimbo123

Happened in China, too!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lFXN3Lkq7Y


12 posted on 01/13/2013 12:53:34 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Maybe she blames “the cheap sidewalk.”


13 posted on 01/13/2013 12:54:00 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: jimbo123

A thinner woman might not have busted the sidewalk!


14 posted on 01/13/2013 12:56:29 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: jimbo123

A couple who are good friends of mine stopped and prayed before driving across an area on a CO mountain pass that was prone to avalanches. They were swept off the mountain, but survived with only minor injuries, the first people to ever survive being swept into the canyon at that point. They attributed their survival to God’s intervention because they had prayed for his protection.

I pointed out that if they hadn’t stopped to pray, they would have been past the danger section before the avalanche hit.

My analysis was not particularly appreciated.


15 posted on 01/13/2013 12:57:21 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: jimbo123

Step on a crack, break your mother`s back


16 posted on 01/13/2013 12:57:37 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ( yup!)
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To: jimbo123; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Photo at the link.

The Macy's Parade is early this year.

[Thanks for Gefn for the ping!]


17 posted on 01/13/2013 12:58:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jimbo123; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Photo at the link.

The Macy's Parade is early this year.

[Thanks for Gefn for the ping!]


18 posted on 01/13/2013 12:59:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jimbo123
I dunno... I think I saw a demo of what happens when you drop a mouse 6 feet and what happens when you drop a cow. Something about impact force and the mass of a falling object??

I could be wrong, but as I recall, it didn't go so well for the cow...

19 posted on 01/13/2013 1:00:51 PM PST by wildehunt
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To: Slings and Arrows

Take that, Bloomberg! If your soda law had been in place two or three years ago, this woman would be dead now!

Yeah, not really.


20 posted on 01/13/2013 1:01:02 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Don't worry about the cliff. We're going to all land on some rich guy's wallet.)
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To: Sherman Logan

LOL!


21 posted on 01/13/2013 1:01:06 PM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: jimbo123
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22 posted on 01/13/2013 1:02:46 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: jimbo123

Yikes!


23 posted on 01/13/2013 1:10:30 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: jimbo123
The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall.

This is not usually the case. Larger animals are in general less resistant to a fall from the same height. A mouse can walk away easily from a fall that will kill or severely injure an elephant.

24 posted on 01/13/2013 1:11:04 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: jimbo123

why is it hollow under the freaking sidewalk?


25 posted on 01/13/2013 1:11:32 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

*Chuckle*


26 posted on 01/13/2013 1:13:45 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: yldstrk

erosion from a water leak?


27 posted on 01/13/2013 1:13:45 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

DAMN !


28 posted on 01/13/2013 1:15:53 PM PST by traumer
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To: jimbo123

She was just wantin’ to drop into the Blue Room.

She is a bigun though.


29 posted on 01/13/2013 1:16:36 PM PST by dforest
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To: yldstrk

Union not my job issues?


30 posted on 01/13/2013 1:18:32 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I imagine the ambulance chasers were at the hospital to meet her upon discharge.


31 posted on 01/13/2013 1:18:53 PM PST by dforest
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To: traumer

It’s amazing her thigh bones aren’t up around her ears.


32 posted on 01/13/2013 1:19:09 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My my my. She’s really let herself go since her husband was re-elected.


34 posted on 01/13/2013 1:25:25 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: yldstrk; GeronL
why is it hollow under the freaking sidewalk?

In older cities, the used to have freight elevators that rose up through double steel doors in the sidewalk. Trucks would drop stuff off, they would put it on the elevator, and shortly it would be in the basement. The doors closed as the elevator went down.

Eventually, a lot of places closed those but there are still a lot around, probably not in use. Eventually, those doors and/or their supports go bad. 400 pounds walks by and - BLAM! Down we go!

Since cities inspect sidewalks, you would expect they would especially look at these.

35 posted on 01/13/2013 1:26:43 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: jimbo123

Why didn’t she just go in the front door?


36 posted on 01/13/2013 1:30:00 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: GeronL; yldstrk

Here are some guys waiting for one to go up or down.

Here's a website with a bunch of pics:

Sidewalk elevator

37 posted on 01/13/2013 1:32:23 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

interesting


38 posted on 01/13/2013 1:32:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mr. Silverback

She’ll probably sue Burger King.


39 posted on 01/13/2013 1:36:22 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: jimbo123; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
It all reminds of a song sung 50 years ago by Gene McDaniels.

He took four hundred pounds of clay
And they He said "Hey, listen"
"I'm gonna fix this-a world today"
"Because I know what's missin' "
Then He rolled his big sleeves up
And a brand-new world began
He created a woman and-a lots of lovin' for a man
Whoa-oh-oh, yes he did

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB10MHhftXc
40 posted on 01/13/2013 1:38:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: jimbo123

Being 6 foot under should be taken as a sign by a 400 lb woman.


41 posted on 01/13/2013 1:39:11 PM PST by Starstruck (The police carry weapons for self protection)
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To: jimbo123

The city should sue the fat slob for breaking the sidewalk!!!


42 posted on 01/13/2013 1:40:30 PM PST by dalereed
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I finally clicked on this thread and there you are with the funniest post.

Just damn.


43 posted on 01/13/2013 1:41:00 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Send that to Boehner for a last lap dance...he’d be flat as a cartoon.:>p


44 posted on 01/13/2013 1:42:53 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: Revolting cat!

After looking at her, the 400 is way more believable.


45 posted on 01/13/2013 1:45:37 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: jimbo123

She had a bad fall, but she bounced right back.


46 posted on 01/13/2013 1:47:43 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: jimbo123
Blue Roooooooooooooom........


47 posted on 01/13/2013 1:47:47 PM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Sherman Logan

> “My analysis was not particularly appreciated.” <<

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It wasn’t particularly logical either.


48 posted on 01/13/2013 1:48:14 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Daffynition

Oh. My. God.

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49 posted on 01/13/2013 1:48:38 PM PST by Mears
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Sort of. Grates and sidewalks are always collapsing in NYC. When I saw the initial report a couple of days ago, I actually did think that she was lucky because she was probably cushioned by her size.

The building is owned by a first class slumlord; the sidewalk door (which opens onto stairs to the basement for bringing supplies into the restaurant or business above it) evidently was just hanging by a hinge and the “sidewalk” at that point was literally an unsupported inch and a half of cement, cracked where it joined the building.

The owner lives in Jersey and was probably a friend of the late Vinnie the Chin, John Gambino and a host of others. They’re not big on building maintenance and they own a lot of property in that area.


50 posted on 01/13/2013 1:49:25 PM PST by livius
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