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They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

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Whenever I am talking to non-EMS folk about what it is I do for a living, the conversation inevitably turns to a question like “you must see some pretty bad car wrecks.” And my response is usually to say “You’d be surprised. Cars are really safe nowadays.” People seem to walk away from crashes that would have killed everyone and probably some bystanders 20 years ago.

Now, I can show them video. The International Institute for Highway Safety, in celebration of their 50th anniversary, crashed a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and the results are stunning.

I’ll take the 2009 any day.

Check out the video on the site. It’s pretty stunning.

Via Slashdot.

Written by ben

September 27th, 2009 at 11:56 am

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8:46/9:02

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The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning
towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12
seconds. From there, they ripple out.

  • Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819

  • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
  • Number of NYPD officers: 23
  • Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
  • Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
  • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658

  • Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom:
    22

  • Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
  • Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
  • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
  • Bodies found “intact”: 289
  • Body parts found: 19,858
  • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717

  • Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center:
    36,000

  • Total units of donated blood actually used: 258

  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks:
    1,609

  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks:
    20

  • FDNY retirements, January–July 2001: 274
  • FDNY retirements, January–July 2002: 661

  • Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January
    2002: 300

  • Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200
  • Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98
  • Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
  • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
  • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
  • Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6

  • Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened:
    684.81

  • Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26

  • Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic
    Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714

  • Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105
    billion

  • Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million
  • Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million
  • Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

  • Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11: $40.2
    billion

  • Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways:
    $7.5 billion

  • Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul
    lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion

  • Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY
    families: $500 million

  • Percentage of total charity money raised going to FDNY and NYPD
    families: 25

  • Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1
    million

  • Percentage increase in law-school applications from 2001 to 2002:
    17.9

  • Percentage increase in Peace Corps applications from 2001 to 2002:
    40

  • Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50

  • Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered “inappropriate” to play
    after 9/11: 150

  • Number of mentions of 9/11 at the Oscars: 26

  • Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup: 30,000

  • Number of apartments whose residents have requested cleanup and
    testing: 4,110

  • Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from
    plane to train or car: 1.4 million

  • Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress
    disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

 

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Written by ben

September 11th, 2009 at 8:30 am

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I’m Back!

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Howdy folks.

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus.

Expect this blog to be back with regular posts on EMS topics including leadership, clinical issues, industry news commentary, and anything elsa that I find particularly relevant or interesting.

See you soon.

Written by ben

January 13th, 2009 at 11:17 am

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