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Johnsie
January 14th, 2007, 10:20 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6261509.stm

Woman in a water drinking competition for a wii dies because she drank to much water...

riven0
January 14th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Sad, just sad... the things people will go through for a gaming console... I'm sure her children aren't happy at all.

Pobega
January 14th, 2007, 10:32 PM
That's a tradgedy, I feel so bad for her kids. Now everytime they play videogames they have to think of their mother's death.

Johnsie
January 14th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Yeah, it sucks... I think we are too materialistic sometimes and that causes us more harm than good.

OffHand
January 14th, 2007, 10:39 PM
My ex once got into a coma for over 24 hrs because of drinking to much water.

M_the_C
January 14th, 2007, 10:46 PM
How many people have died in Wii related death?

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication) has been updated already!

Ireclan
January 14th, 2007, 10:50 PM
The title of this thread is "ANOTHER Wii related death" (emphasis mine)... Do you mean to imply that there have been other deaths somehow relating to the Nintendo Wii? If so, could you tell me the particulars?

speedwell68
January 14th, 2007, 10:53 PM
So did she actually win the Wii or not?

po0f
January 15th, 2007, 02:14 AM
speedwell68,


So did she actually win the Wii or not?

Considering the woman died, does it matter? Also, IMO, your response was in bad taste.

pmj
January 15th, 2007, 02:38 AM
Considering the woman died, does it matter?

She did it to win a Wii for her kids, not for herself, so of course it matters.

Zwei
January 15th, 2007, 02:38 AM
People don't realize water can kill, unless you balance out the electrolytes, sodium is a necessity for your body to live. Its called Hyponatremia, look that stuff up.

Stew2
January 15th, 2007, 02:46 AM
Yes, I agree the one comment is kind of in bad taste. I believe he was trying to introduce some levity into a sad thread. It should also be noted that this womans death had absolutely nothing to do with the Nintendo Wii and everything to do with irresponsible advertising stunts put on by local radio and TV stations. The contest prize could just have easily been a trip somewhere or concert tickets. I cannot believe that the radio station would host a promotional stunt like that without researching the medical ramifications. I hope they get charged. It is very sad that this young woman had to die needlessly, leaving three young children with no mother :( .

Regards,
Stew2

loell
January 15th, 2007, 02:50 AM
its actually not distasteful at all , i believe its not a comment its a plain question, which i myself would like to know.

randomnumber
January 15th, 2007, 02:53 AM
really sad, why can the wii people not just rob each other in lines at the store like all the ps3 people.

kinda weird because when i drink beer I pass out before i die. This does not encourage me to drink more water.

graigsmith
January 15th, 2007, 02:56 AM
People don't realize water can kill, unless you balance out the electrolytes, sodium is a necessity for your body to live. Its called Hyponatremia, look that stuff up.

wow. i had no idea you could die from too much water. and i always thought i diddn't drink enough. Could you explain how you can die from water in more detail? What chemically causes a problem?

loell
January 15th, 2007, 03:01 AM
wow. i had no idea you could die from too much water. and i always thought i diddn't drink enough. Could you explain how you can die from water in more detail? What chemically causes a problem?

from the first page of this thread

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

i think tap water had natural soduim , while purified water had little to none

meng
January 15th, 2007, 03:13 AM
wow. i had no idea you could die from too much water. and i always thought i diddn't drink enough. Could you explain how you can die from water in more detail? What chemically causes a problem?

Disturbances of sodium, magnesium, calcium or potassium ions could all contribute to problems such as seizures, impaired consciousness, cardiac arrhythmia or arrest. Furthermore, in patients with heart failure or kidney failure, the volume overload itself could cause a patient to "drown" from their lungs being waterlogged. This volume overload is not referred to as water intoxication, but I include it as part of a more comprehensive answer to your question.


from the first page of this thread
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication
i think tap water had natural soduim , while purified water had little to none

Even tap water doesn't contain anywhere near the sodium content of extracellular fluid, and besides, the body has mechanisms for keeping sodium content normal by regulating how much sodium is lost in the urine. Of course, any mechanism has its limits ...

Also, an obligatory postscript to the self-appointed enforcers of good taste: yes, any death is tragic, but let's be honest, this story is aired because it is considered to fit into the bizarre/offbeat category of news. It could even qualify for a Darwin Award.

fuscia
January 15th, 2007, 03:21 AM
stupid, all around.

wert613
January 15th, 2007, 03:41 AM
this wii thing is getting out of hand...
people have put there hands through tv screens...
its all a waste of time...

punkinside
January 15th, 2007, 05:12 AM
this wii thing is getting out of hand...
people have put there hands through tv screens...
its all a waste of time...


yeah... dumb people.

Face it folks, there are some people who just don't have a clue!

I know a guy who almost drowned himself trying to win two cases of beer in a "stay beneath the water longer" competition at some beach club. He, quote: "was not going to let some chick beat him". That chick was the national apnea champion btw. How's that for a Darwin award?

As for the wii... I certainly don't think its worth dying for, but it is very, very cool. Plus a friend already has it so I get to play all the time :D

Hendrixski
January 15th, 2007, 05:17 AM
hhhhmmm Darwin was right. Gamers do get elliminated from the gene pool

Kateikyoushi
January 15th, 2007, 06:20 AM
It is really sad, how could they try it without checking the consequences ?
I do not even find wii really entertaining in the long run.

meng
January 15th, 2007, 06:25 AM
Perhaps the family should blame Nintendo. That name almost encourages stupid competitions. I couldn't imagine a contest to "Hold your wee for a Playstation3".

CubicleDweller
January 15th, 2007, 06:39 AM
If I was her kid I would not keep the Wii. I'd destroy it.

pmj
January 15th, 2007, 07:06 AM
If I was her kid I would not keep the Wii. I'd destroy it.

Even if it came with Zelda? Come on, be serious.

Tux Aubrey
January 15th, 2007, 07:13 AM
No, she didn't win - she left before the end and went home "feeling sick". It would have been at that point, I think, that the organizers should have acted.

Still, while tragic, there has to be some limit to protecting people from themselves. This will no doubt result in a campaign for more health warnings. We soon won't be able to read labels for all the health warnings.

Here's some coverage from Australian Radio (http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2007/s1827177.htm)this morning. Those from the US should not take offence at the doctor's remark: "Well I understand this was a competition in America, so I guess nothing surprises, really." I can assure you that it is not part of the Australian character to think of North Americans as weird. Dangerous, self-obsessed, delusional - yes. But not weird.;)

mips
January 15th, 2007, 09:25 AM
What is wrong with people ? Why does everybody have to blame others for their own stupidity ? What happened to taking responsibility for your own actions ?

The woman did a stupid thing, she died, she gets a Darwin award, end of story !

rowanparker
January 15th, 2007, 06:12 PM
If Nintendo had enough to sell maybe she could of bought one.
Or this the shortage just in the UK?

randomnumber
January 15th, 2007, 09:17 PM
hhhhmmm Darwin was right. Gamers do get elliminated from the gene pool

They also get eliminated by staying in the homes playing games and not meeting people but that take a generation before you notice it.

BTW Have you seen the Darwin awards? http://www.darwinawards.com/
I liked the one with the jato rocket story http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-04.html

mips
January 15th, 2007, 09:19 PM
I liked the one with the jato rocket story

They did that one on Mythbusters. they could not get jato rockets from the military so they used hobby rocket engines with the same thrust. Boy did that car go !!!

mvaniersel
January 15th, 2007, 09:31 PM
What is wrong with people ? Why does everybody have to blame others for their own stupidity ? What happened to taking responsibility for your own actions ?

The woman did a stupid thing, she died, she gets a Darwin award, end of story !

I think it was more tragic than stupid. After all, most people consider drinking water a pretty harmless activity. I doubt that the radio people nor the participants had any idea that this was even remotely possible.

lyceum
January 15th, 2007, 09:39 PM
Perhaps the family should blame Nintendo. That name almost encourages stupid competitions. I couldn't imagine a contest to "Hold your wee for a Playstation3".

That is just because they

1. can't find one to give away
2. even if they found a PS 3, they couldn't afford one.

But really, does anyone know if the station is taking any responsibility or what is happening (blame/how the family is reacting) with this? I heard about this on the radio this morning and was wondering what happened. I heard the DJ was fired, but really don't know.

Also, the Wii is a great station. It is affordable and a lot of fun. I really don't think the woman, the DJ or the station could have seen this coming, though they should have thought it through better. And there is NO WAY Nintendo knew this was going to happen.

fuscia
January 15th, 2007, 09:43 PM
BTW Have you seen the Darwin awards? http://www.darwinawards.com/


hadn't been there in a while. great stuff!

meng
January 15th, 2007, 10:51 PM
I liked the one with the jato rocket story http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-04.html
Even the Darwin Awards website has that classified as "confirmed to be bogus". Great story, but that's all it is

Lord Illidan
January 15th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Let's say that the woman did not know about the fact that drinking too much water can kill you. But surely, the radio station could have done some research upon it before launching the contest? Even from just looking at the name, I know it isn't going to be good. Preventing one's bodily functions from behaving as they should (i.e. not peeing) and ingesting too much liquids is bad, and it should be common knowledge.

I pity her children though. I'd rather be dirtpoor and have no wii, than be filthy rich with a dozen wiis and no mom.

meng
January 15th, 2007, 11:05 PM
Let's say that the woman did not know about the fact that drinking too much water can kill you. But surely, the radio station could have done some research upon it before launching the contest?
True, and yet when you think of all the other things that are dangerous and have until recently been considered "acceptable": competitive eating, competitive alcohol drinking, hunting with **** Cheney ... it seems comparatively harmless!

Lord Illidan
January 15th, 2007, 11:19 PM
True, and yet when you think of all the other things that are dangerous and have until recently been considered "acceptable": competitive eating, competitive alcohol drinking, hunting with **** Cheney ... it seems comparatively harmless!

Aye, but when events like this are held, people are more aware of the consequences, and there are usually doctors about ready to see if anyone is going to keel over.

meng
January 15th, 2007, 11:43 PM
Doctors standing by? At a local tavern on a Saturday night when attractive young ladies are egged on to finish beers as fast as possible? I think not! Maybe only in the taverns you hang out in! :D

Lord Illidan
January 15th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Doctors standing by? At a local tavern on a Saturday night when attractive young ladies are egged on to finish beers as fast as possible? I think not! Maybe only in the taverns you hang out in! :D

I wasn't talking about taverns, lol...

I meant competitive as in official, like what this radio station did, for instance.

diepruis
January 15th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Don't tell me noone has seen the connection between "Wii" and a lot of water.

I know it's a bad joke, but geez, someone has to make it.

For the sake of completeness and such.

randomnumber
January 16th, 2007, 05:30 AM
I thought this was totally neat so I will share.

I just witnessed a guy being kill by water in a show called "Dead like me" episode MY ROOM. I would explain but I don't want to ruin it for those who want to watch it. No he did not drown in a pool but it did involve in gestation(i think that is the right term).

steven8
January 16th, 2007, 05:43 AM
I have a Wii, and they spend so much time extolling the need for safety, safe distance, safe playing time (they suggest you take breaks from playing), keeping the wrist strap on and tight. Dying by ingesting of water is not related, but to blame other accidents on the Wii itself is just ludicrous. I have a five and six year old playing it, and nothing has happened yet. Wii just follow the instructions.

Tux Aubrey
January 16th, 2007, 07:43 AM
Indeed.

"Wiis Don't Kill People, Marketing People Kill People"

We can now safely merge this with the gun ownership thread.

steven8
January 16th, 2007, 08:10 AM
I don't think it was the Wii that was loaded. . .but the user. :-) Next we can sell Wii safes for in the home.

kvonb
January 16th, 2007, 08:18 AM
The thing that non-Americans don't realise is that in the US there are no public health ads on TV and as far as I know from my experiences, none at all in other media sources. There is no such thing as public awareness campaigns so the general populace is ignorant to these sort of things. We in Australia for example have a percentage of all TV advertising time dedicated to public health and awareness issues, like drink driving/speeding/drug use/alcohol use/smoking/skin cancer/diet etc', so we have an understanding of the consequences. I remember the "Ecstacy" anti-drug campaigns which showed that using that drug made the user drink more water, and risk "Water Intoxication" leading to death. Unfortunately it is upto the deceased womans family to sue the radio station, as I don't believe there is any criminal recourse against that sort of misguided nonsense. On the other hand, I do believe that our society should spend less resources on protecting "Idiots" from themselves and let nature take it's course! And by that I mean no malice towards the unfortunate woman in this incident, I'm sure she didn't have the slightest inkling that drinking too much water could have a bad effect. She wanted to do something for her kids and paid the ultimate price, it's very sad. Just remember that her children will be sent to foster homes (if there is no immediate family that is deemed "suitable" by the state), probably in the backwaters of Tennessee to be brought up in a run down "trailer" with holes in the floor for the sole purpose of supplying the toothless uneducated "Fosterer" with a monthly welfare payment! All for the sake of some insignificant silly little shiny box of wires :-|.

Let's all hope "Judgement Day" comes sooner rather than later :rolleyes:.

wert613
January 16th, 2007, 08:20 AM
The thing that non-Americans don't realise is that in the US there are no public health ads on TV and as far as I know from my experiences, none at all in other media sources. There is no such thing as public awareness campaigns so the general populace is ignorant to these sort of things. We in Australia for example have a percentage of all TV advertising time dedicated to public health and awareness issues, like drink driving/speeding/drug use/alcohol use/smoking/skin cancer/diet etc', so we have an understanding of the consequences. I remember the "Ecstacy" anti-drug campaigns which showed that using that drug made the user drink more water, and risk "Water Intoxication" leading to death. Unfortunately it is upto the deceased womans family to sue the radio station, as I don't believe there is any criminal recourse against that sort of misguided nonsense. On the other hand, I do believe that our society should spend less resources on protecting "Idiots" from themselves and let nature take it's course! And by that I mean no malice towards the unfortunate woman in this incident, I'm sure she didn't have the slightest inkling that drinking too much water could have a bad effect. She wanted to do something for her kids and paid the ultimate price, it's very sad. Just remember that her children will be sent to foster homes (if there is no immediate family that is deemed "suitable" by the state), probably in the backwaters of Tennessee to be brought up in a run down "trailer" with holes in the floor for the sole purpose of supplying the toothless uneducated "Fosterer" with a monthly welfare payment! All for the sake of some insignificant silly little shiny box of wires :-|.

Let's all hope "Judgement Day" comes sooner rather than later :rolleyes:.

woah:shock: ,
paragraphs please!

mips
January 16th, 2007, 09:47 AM
woah:shock: ,
paragraphs please!

Yeah, makes your eyes cross over & gives you a headache.

Maybe they should run a public awareness add on using paragraphs in Oz.

Tux Aubrey
January 16th, 2007, 10:04 AM
Hey! We got lots of paragraphs down here:







See!

I would have sent some directly to kvonb but I was still coming to grips with:


She wanted to do something for her kids and paid the ultimate price, it's very sad. Just remember that her children will be sent to foster homes (if there is no immediate family that is deemed "suitable" by the state), probably in the backwaters of Tennessee to be brought up in a run down "trailer" with holes in the floor for the sole purpose of supplying the toothless uneducated "Fosterer" with a monthly welfare payment!

I mean, that' so sad! Tell me its not true!

Stew2
January 19th, 2007, 01:28 AM
There was an article in the Edmonton Sun (http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2007/01/18/3399860-sun.html) today that sheds a little more light on this tragic event. I don't agree at all with people suggesting she get the Darwin award. Do you really think a young mother with three children would enter a contest for a game console if she thought it was dangerous? She probably assumed that the station had looked into the details and that it was safe.

Regards,
Stew2