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Old 05-07-05, 03:04 AM   #1
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just curious, really

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...a/badlands.jpg

who else here wears a helmet?
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Old 05-07-05, 03:44 AM   #2
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I do. There's a homeless guy I see walking a few times a week that's always wearing one, too.

Wake up with broken bones in your skull, you decide helmets are good.
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Old 05-07-05, 04:39 AM   #3
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i heard some 100lbs girl actually polished off one of those burgers in less than 3 hours.
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Old 05-07-05, 05:52 AM   #4
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Oh so frequent trips to the restroom to stick a finger down your throat counts?
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Small (skinny) people can eat more than big (fat) people, physically. No puking involved.
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i reckon that burger could use a helmet. that guy has serious intent in his eyes. i'd be willing to lend it mine until they serve up dessert.
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I heard it's the lack of a fat layer constricting the expansion of the stomach. I don't mean over time, I mean in one sitting.
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What I find funny is the fact that people who wear helmets(inluding me sometimes) don't wear them when they drive a car. Someone once told me that they did not need a helmet in a car because, although they were travelling at speeds in excess of 70mph, they were surrounded by metal and glass....I had a point but I seem to have forgot what it was.
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Calling photoshop masters: Make this man appear to be eating a bunny with a pancake on its head.
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AMAZING! Well done. haaaaaaa.
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Always wear your helmet
Never know when you'll wipe out
Man that rabbit tastes great
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Shouldn't it be 5-7-5?
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I wear my helmet.
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Why not? I know too many people whose story ends with "and I would have been killed if I didn't have my helmet on." Pardon the pun, but it seems like a no-brainer to me. I look uncool and poseuresque regardless of what is on my head (pancakes included).

That said, I am sitting at at a coffee shop right now helmet free because "it is only a few blocks from my office." Perhaps I should take my own advice.
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Work regulations (which I helped write) say wear a helmet. I'm not sure how much (if at all) helmets protect folks, but I have used them in two collision. Helmet definitely helped me in one of them. I'm also an economist, and will tell you that risk compensation is real (folks behave more dangerously when they think they are protected.) When I'm not working, though, I probably wear a helmet about 50% of the time. (other 50% I just wear the pancake)
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a) Of course risk compensation is real. Usually it's the pro-helmet faction that argues that it's not (as counterpoint to those who say they would behave more dangerously if they had a helmte). Of course their very argument, that cycling is too dangerous without a helmet, proves that we are liable to increase our risk if we believe ourselves to be protected.

b) Can you be sure that a helmet helped you? That's the thing: if you hit your head and weren't injured, there's no evidence that had you hit your unhelmeted head you would have been hurt. And the converse is true. It's like saying I knocked on wood and haven't been run over yet, so clearly it really is lucky. You're an economist, you should know better. What would prove it is to have a well-designed, non-biased study that compared similar types of accidents between sufficiently large helmeted and unhelmeted populations and assessed efficacy based on that. Said study would need to control for cyclist ability, environment, age, sex, and probably a few other things that I can't think of.

It seems like they should, common-sense-wise--which is why I wear one--but the dramatic increase in helmet use rates has not had any discernable impact on fatality rates anywhere once you control for changes in cyclist populations.

Ken Kifer has a nice exploration: http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/advocacy/mhls.htm
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I heard it's the lack of a fat layer constricting the expansion of the stomach. I don't mean over time, I mean in one sitting.
Yes, that is correct. It is called the "Belt of Fat" Theory, and it states that a person who has a large ammount of fat around their stomach region will not be able to eat as much due to the fat belt which prevents the stomach from expanding to its full potential. See my boy Takaru Kobayashi aka the king of the Coney Island hot dog compitition. He recently broke his previous league shattering record of fifty hot dogs in 12 minutes and stepped it up to 53 and one half hot dogs in 12 minutes (which nobody can touch...nobody.) Anyway, check him out at IFOCE.

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Forget Takaru, Sonya Thomas is much much cooler.
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a) Of course risk compensation is real. Usually it's the pro-helmet faction that argues that it's not (as counterpoint to those who say they would behave more dangerously if they had a helmte). Of course their very argument, that cycling is too dangerous without a helmet, proves that we are liable to increase our risk if we believe ourselves to be protected.

b) Can you be sure that a helmet helped you? That's the thing: if you hit your head and weren't injured, there's no evidence that had you hit your unhelmeted head you would have been hurt. And the converse is true. It's like saying I knocked on wood and haven't been run over yet, so clearly it really is lucky. You're an economist, you should know better. What would prove it is to have a well-designed, non-biased study that compared similar types of accidents between sufficiently large helmeted and unhelmeted populations and assessed efficacy based on that. Said study would need to control for cyclist ability, environment, age, sex, and probably a few other things that I can't think of.

It seems like they should, common-sense-wise--which is why I wear one--but the dramatic increase in helmet use rates has not had any discernable impact on fatality rates anywhere once you control for changes in cyclist populations.

Ken Kifer has a nice exploration: http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/advocacy/mhls.htm

Not sure if I made myself clear. I'm primarily in the non-mandatory-helmet faction. I've read all of Ken Kifer's work and generally agree. I also was pleased to see a large discussion on the subject in the riv reader a few issues back. The only significant studies of helmet use are regarding motorcycle helmets, and those generally show no safety increase in states with helmet laws.

The time that I referenced when a helmet most likely helped me was when I was dragged along for several yards. The helmet was pretty chewed up by the road. The head was relatively unscathed.
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I find that eating without the fat belt increases confidence so that the eater will move beyond their percieved limits, but this can sometimes end in disaster. A fat belt can sometimes make the user more careful in their eating habits.
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