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Old 01-17-2007, 01:41 PM   #1
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Woman dies in Wii contest

Deadly Wii contest results in firing of 10 radio employees | TG Daily

She died from water intoxication in a contest for a Wii
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:48 PM   #2
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didnt know it was possible to die by drinking too much water. very strange. and drinking nearly 2 gallons of water isnt THAT much, i wonder how fast it was taken though
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:55 PM   #3
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The story I read earlier didn't say if she won or not. I guess either way she lost in the end.
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:56 PM   #4
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I've heard of it being an issue with athletes drinking too much water too quickly when they are dehydrated.

Water intoxication - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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she was of free will to enter the contest, but im sure a lawsuit will follow
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:59 PM   #6
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I think there was a hazing incident a few years ago involving water intoxication too.
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I've heard of it being an issue with athletes drinking too much water too quickly when they are dehydrated.

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You also hear the obligatory news stories on it every year when some kid trying to join a frat dies due to it being one of the initiation duties.

Such as...
CHICO / Fraternity pledge died of water poisoning / Forced drinking can disastrously dilute blood's salt content
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didnt know it was possible to die by drinking too much water. very strange. and drinking nearly 2 gallons of water isnt THAT much, i wonder how fast it was taken though
It actually happens a lot. What happens is that your cells basically drown because they can't absorb all of the water. When you drown in the ocean (or your bathtub), you're not dead because you were IN the water, you die because too much water is in YOU.

It was stupid to enter a contest like that, especially with kids...but it was equally stupid to host the thing.

No one on either side did any thinking in this situation.
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:08 PM   #9
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No one on either side did any thinking in this situation.
Any guesses on how many times this was said at the end of an an unfortunate accident?
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They have been discussing this on the radio where I live. They said that a lawsuit will follow, and they were debating whether the lawsuit will be successful. The radio station which hosted the event had the participants sign waivers. However, I don't think that will matter much, since it doesn't appear as though they informed the participants the contest could be fatal.

It is a tragic story. Especially since she was trying to win the game for her kids. Sad.
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:31 PM   #11
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Regardless of waivers, whoever at the radio station signed off on that idea is retarded. That station better find better legal advice in the future when coming up with contest ideas.
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I think there was a hazing incident a few years ago involving water intoxication too.
There was, it was in Plattburgh, NY. I actually personally know one of the kids who was involved (not in the actual event, but did recive probation because he was part of the faternity).
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:57 PM   #13
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Now to say that the station was not thinking is really not fair. How many people even know that one could die from drinking too much water? I didn't and I think just about everyone else would say the same thing. Its just one of those sad thing that happen. If I would have heard that a person died in a water drinking contest without knowing the cause I would think they choked on the water drowing themself.
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Maybe it's geographic-centric but high school athletes around here are taught about the dangers of water intoxication (or poisoning). Football players, wrestlers and long-distance runners in particular are warned about drinking too much water. I always thought it was fairly common knowledge but I guess that's based on having several coaches throughout my childhood telling me so.
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Maybe it's geographic-centric but high school athletes around here are taught about the dangers of water intoxication (or poisoning). Football players, wrestlers and long-distance runners in particular are warned about drinking too much water. I always thought it was fairly common knowledge but I guess that's based on having several coaches throughout my childhood telling me so.
for me it was the opposite. i played soccer and they always told us to drink plenty of water never mentinoing not to over-do it, ive never heard of water poisoning until now
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