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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Border bandits," Dec. 3, 2011

Night rider

On Oct. 21, a 21-year-old man in Vallejo, Calif., reportedly made a $100 bet with friends: Could he fit into a toddler swing at the park? After lathering himself up with liquid laundry soap, he squeezed into the swing's leg holes. Unfortunately for him, he fit. The friends then took off, leaving him to spend the night in the swing at Blue Rock Springs Park. Nine hours later, at 6 a.m., a park groundskeeper heard his screams for help and called the police. They called the fire department, which had an ambulance transport the man to the hospital, body still wedged in the swing. A doctor used a cast cutter to remove the swing from the bruised body of the man, whom authorities did not identify.


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