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Watch out for that egg! 當心雞蛋

Protesters throw eggs at a parade in Estonia in August.愛沙尼亞的抗議民眾在八月的遊行中丟雞蛋。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

Almost everybody knows that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but the results of a new study suggest that people everywhere should not throw ... eggs?

Throwing a raw egg at someone may seem like a funny, harmless thing to do, but it actually carries a high risk of causing blindness, a recently published study said.

Doctors at the Royal Liverpool University hospital in England were sifting through the records of 18,651 patients who had received eye treatment over a 14-month period and made some interesting discoveries.

Thirteen of the patients had been victims of an egg attack, and eight of them had a detached retina, pressure on the inside of the eyeball and other conditions that can cause a person to go blind. Twelve of the patients were men, and many of the injuries were sustained at Halloween.

After treatment, all the patients recovered except for one, who had been hit by an egg thrown from a passing car and suffered permanent damage to his eye.

The doctors point out that an egg is relatively heavy, and while it may smash harmlessly against the thick bone of the skull, it can inflict nasty damage when it hits the soft tissue of the eyeball.

In their study, published in Britain's Emergency Medical Journal, they also wrote a letter criticizing the sale of eggs that are advertised as being good for throwing, especially during Halloween. (AFP)

幾乎人人都知道住在玻璃屋的人不應該丟石頭,但一項新研究結果卻顯示,大家都不應該丟…雞蛋?

最近發表的一份研究指出,對人丟生蛋也許看似有趣而無害,實際上卻很可能會導致失明。

英國皇家利物浦大學醫院的醫生們,詳細研究十四個月內接受過眼部治療的一萬八千六百五十一名病患,得到了有趣的發現。

其中有十三名病患是雞蛋攻擊的受害者,十三名病患中,有八名有視網膜脫落、眼球內部壓力過高和其他可能導致失明的症狀;十二名病患為男性,且許多人是在萬聖節期間受傷。

經治療後,所有病患均痊癒,只有一名例外,他被路過車輛砸出來的雞蛋擊中,眼部遭受永久性傷害。

醫師們指出,雞蛋的重量是相對的,砸在頭骨的厚骨上也許無害,但是打到眼球的柔軟組織卻可能造成嚴重的傷害。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. sift v.t.

過濾 (guo4 lu4)

例: Every week I sift through my mail to see if there is anything for me other than bills and junk.

(我每星期過濾信箱,看看除了帳單和垃圾信外,有沒有我的信。)

2. sustain v.i. /v.t.

承受 (cheng2 shou4)

例: I can run 5km pretty quickly, but I can't sustain that pace.

(我可以快跑五公里,但無法一直維持那樣的速度。)

3. criticize v.t.

批評 (pi1 ping2)

例: My mother is always criticizing my clothing choices; she hates everything I wear.

(我媽總是批評我的穿著品味,她討厭我穿的所有衣服。)

2. inflict v.t.

使遭受損傷 (shi3 zao1 shou4 sun3 shang1)

例: The hurricane inflicted a lot of damage on the city.

(颶風重創那座城市。)


他們還寫信批評鼓吹萬聖節期間丟雞蛋的宣傳行為。這份研究報告發表於英國急診醫學期刊。



(法新社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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