#1 By: Rob Beschizza, August 13th, 2013 12:09
#2 By: StoicRomance, August 13th, 2013 12:24
Am I reading this wrong? I think it was helium balloon themed, not gun and knife themed.
Edit: Headline changed, but it still paints LG as more negligent than they were.
#3 By: johncwoo, August 13th, 2013 12:35
C'mon, at least read the BBC article through before turning this into an anti-gun post.
#4 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, August 13th, 2013 12:35
In Korea, 100 LG G2 smartphone vouchers were released on helium ballons. Worth almost 100,000 dollars US, in promotional merchandise. Of course members of the public showed up armed with knives on sticks and BBguns injuring 20 , hospitalizing 7.
#5 By: Sean, August 13th, 2013 12:36
The headline is deceptive, for sure. Still, who the hell brings a knife or gun to a balloon fight?
#6 By: Rob Beschizza, August 13th, 2013 12:48
I've corrected the headline. Thank you.
Honestly though, what kind of idiot brings a knife to a BB gun balloon party?
#7 By: Sean, August 13th, 2013 12:52
The same kind of person who brings pepper spray to a Black Friday sale, I'd wager.
#8 By: madopal, August 13th, 2013 13:03
What if they brought point-ed sticks?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piWCBOsJr-wDamn, it's Monty Python day.
#9 By: johncwoo, August 13th, 2013 13:05
Hey, it's a million dollars worth of freebies up there. I'd bring a shotgun!
#10 By: digitalArtform, August 13th, 2013 13:06
As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
#11 By: Art Donovan, August 13th, 2013 13:22
Not anticipating the crowds' creative enthusiasm (read: lust for smart phones) richly proved to be recipe for disaster.
#12 By: Jason Andresen, August 13th, 2013 13:33
One thing I didn't understand is how people were getting sent to the hospital from having BBs fired into the air. Reading the article it sounds more like a mob trampling situation than weapon injuries.
#13 By: Phasma Felis, August 13th, 2013 15:39
What goes up must come down, generally at about the same speed at which it went up, minus a bit from air resistance. In this case, it was coming down onto a crowd of people with their faces turned to the sky.
#14 By: leidentech, August 13th, 2013 16:10
#15 By: Tim, August 13th, 2013 16:13
Ralphie finally got a smartphone! Unfortunately he shot someone's eye out in the process.
#16 By: Jason Andresen, August 13th, 2013 17:00
Terminal velocity of a bb is about 60mph (http://msed.bbbastard.com/ATP/01-a-01.htm), which is nowhere near fast enough to break skin with such a tiny mass in a spherical package. I'm thinking there must have been some trampling or other such big crowd injuries. Unless they were admitting people to the hospital for tiny round bruises.
For reference, you need to get a bb up to about 100 mph before it stands a reasonable chance of penetrating skin.
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#17 By: Rob Beschizza, August 18th, 2013 12:09
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