Well, it's official: now you should wear a HELMET all the time. Just to be on the safe side.
Because of all the snow this year, there's a lot of people out sledding. Therefore more people getting hurt.
Because of this, HCMC (Hennepin County Medical Center) has published A LIST OF SLEDDING TIPS.
No, I'm not kidding.
Here it is
Read and be disturbed....
No sitting backwards! No piling 7 people on an inner tube! No icy jumps!
What is the point?
Of course my favorite was wearing a helmet.
When I was growing up nobody wore a helmet to do anything. Not even when playing football or riding bikes. There was usually only one kid in the neighbor or school yard that wore a helmet. And this kid always had a runny nose and smelled like a mixture of old bologna and mustard sandwiches and Vick's Vap-o-rub.
This kid was avoided like the plague. For obvious reasons.
I remember my dad's basic safety lessons. They're easy to remember since there's only two of them.
1. Don't land on your head.
2. Walk it off.
#2 was if you did, in fact, perform a marvelous wipeout but no bones were protruding from your skin and the wounds were not so deep as to require stitches or blood transfusions.
But now you're supposed to wear a freakin' helmet to sled. Not luge. Sledding. Sheesh.
Forget being last place in math and science in the industrial world; the USA is slowly but surely turning into a nation of nansy-pansies.
Obama needs to get on that - ummm, as soon as they fix all those other problems.