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When Christmas Decoration is a Full-Contact Sport

A modest proposal for dealing with holiday-related injuries

In a recent New Yorker look at holiday-related decorating injuries, Ben Wellington, a professor at the Pratt Institute, warns that every year around 15,000 people check into the ER as a direct result of yuletide mishap. These seasonal blunders include everything from stepladder spills to string-light electrocutions to giant candy cane bludgeonings. There was also this one guy who apparently kept trying to eat his tree ornaments.

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Hard-Headed: 4 Out of 5 Bike Share Riders Don't Wear Helmets

Urban bike sharing programs hope to make road cycling more accessible to casual riders. The challenge is getting them to bike like pros.


Urban bike sharing programs, which are popular in Europe and gaining steam across the United States, hope to make road cycling more accessible to casual riders. The challenge is getting those casual cyclists to bike more like pros.

Consider this: Half of all urban cyclists strap on a helmet before getting on a bike. But a new study of bike share programs in Boston and Washington, D.C. found that only one in five bike share users does the same.

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Intermission: Helmets as Art

Protect your brain and get a laugh with Igor Mitin's "Creative Helmets."

Attention bicyclists, motorcycle riders, and moped owners: If you’ve ever wanted to see how you'd look bald (complete with a gold hoop piercing), now’s your chance. “Creative Helmets,” which recently won the Red Dot design award, showcases Kazakhstan native Igor Mitin's collection of swanky, quirky, tongue-in-cheek headgear to give fellow commuters a laugh while protecting your brain. Show off a perfect bob while biking in the wind, don a pearly, pink bowling ball from the “Balls Collection,” or become a perfectly juicy watermelon-head. There’s even a sexual collection for those who want to moon traffic from their heads.

Mitin says the project came out of his desire to create something unusual and funny. "Unifying two things with the same shape, but different purposes is really challenging and at the same time rewarding," he says. "There is a lack of things which force people stare and smile. Consequently, I have made my motto to give a new unusual look to very familiar objects of our everyday life."

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