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Have You Been Injured by Your Gadgets?

I hope you're not eating right now: A Zune owner is suing Microsoft for injuries he sustained from using his mp3 player, saying that the headphones shocked him and now he experiences bleeding and "fluid leakage" from the ears (!!!). When I stopped gagging and shuddering, I remembered other infamous iPod and cell phone-related injuries. For instance, I know to avoid electrical storms, because of the Colorado kid who was struck by lightning while wearing his iPod and ended up with damaged hearing and burns from the headphone cords.
Aside from dropping an iPod (a 2nd-generation 30GB) on my toe, I have never suffered a gadget-related injury. What about you guys? Tell me your geek pain stories!

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tmmkitten tmmkitten 9 years
Matdredalia- awesome! my family build's computers too. never had something that bad happen though. the worst for me is carpel tunnel. and then my ears hurt when i have those bud-headphones in for too long.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
I've been shocked by earbuds more than once. Now I'm the only dork at the gym with traditional headphones, but man getting shocked in your ears really sucks! LOL! And my eyes are shot from all the time I spend on the computer.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
I don't know if this counts or not, but my family, we don't buy PCs. We build them. Well, I had this one mother board that held RAM like it was superglued in, and when I tried to pull the RAM out to replace it, I scraped my hand on the video card and got a huge cut from the first knuckle of my thumb up to about 4 inches on my wrist. My biggest worry was that I'd bleed on the PC components.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
The old titaniums did pack a bit more of a tingle tdamji ;-) Considering how many computers and gadgets I have had I am happy to report that I have never been injured or had any fires/meltdowns/explosions with any of it. I had a cleaning lady run over an AC adapter with the vacuum and chew up the cord. She didn't tell me and shoved it back in the corner. LUCKILY later that night I had to climb under my desk to plug something in and found the Sony adapter melting within itself. No doubt in my mind it would have caused a fire had I not found it.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
Just the other day my headphones started continuously shocking me until I took them off and threw them away. Thankfully nothing too bad happened to my ears. And I'm never buying those kind of headphones again.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i wonder if this is part of why they went from titanium to aluminum?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
my old laptop (powerbook g4) always shocked me a bit in my wrists. yeow!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
kaenai kaenai 9 years
I can't wear earbuds - at least, not the ones without the interchangeable silicon covers. Regular earbuds shock me all the time, and always have, and even normal headphones with foam covers shock me in the cold weather. It's very painful, though I've never had it happen to such an extent that I required medical attention.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
dropped my ipod on my foot...tiny thing still hurt like hell!
Disenchanted Disenchanted 9 years
I was shocked from a camera twice.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hahaha nope can't say I have :P
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Not yet, other than breaking nails while installing RAM.
Miis Miis 9 years
Yeah ... I was traveling by car to the beach listening to my ipod the entire travel. The other day I couldn't listen to nothing. ;~ I went to the doctor and I have to take a lot of medicine and make a very intense clean in my ears. That hurt :T
designnicole designnicole 9 years
Yes! It happened on Monday... My sneaky little pet bunny had eaten partially thru the cable of my GHD ,and i only realized this after i shocked the cR@P out of my foot! It still hurts ;(
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i get shocked a lot, cause i'm so clumsy. but mostly i hurt my gagdets
Manduh Manduh 9 years
twice now I have been shocked (just small) it was unexpected and both unrelated! I was cleaning my daughter's tv screen with a damp cloth, while everything was off but my other hand touched the power button on the satelite receiver above the tv and it turned on at the same time zapping my finger. It was numb for a bit. Also when I unplug my the usb cable from my iPhone while the other end of it is still attached to the computer I will get a little bzz type shock from the metal part. I now unplug it from the computer first lol
Emmiekitten Emmiekitten 9 years
I dropped my DS Lite on my toe the other day and actually drew blood:( Other than that the most serious injury i've sustained is probably "Playstation thumbs".
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