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119,512.  In slow motion the test cars moved towards each other on collision courses.  Unwinding behind them the coils that ran to the devices by the impact zone.  As they collided, the debris of wings and fender floated into the air.  The cars rocked against each other as they continued on their disintegrating courses … The air behind the cars was a carnival of arms and legs.  (Car & Accident)  Crash! 1971 BBC short film, J G Ballard commentary  

 

119,513.  The speed and violence of our age, the strange love affair with the machine … I’m interested in the automobile as a narrative structure.  (Car & Accident)  ibid.

 

119,514.  Filmed in slow motion these crashes had a beautiful stylised grace.  (Car & Accident)  ibid.  

 

 

124,019.  This woman rushed out at us.  It all happened in a second.  It seemed she recognised the car.  (1920s & Accident)  The Great Gatsby 1974 starring & Robert Redford & Mia Farrow & Bruce Dern & Sam Waterston & Karen Black & Scott Wilson & Lois Chiles & Edward Herrmann & Howard da Silva & Kathryn Leigh Scott & Regina Baff et al, director Jack Clayton, Gatsby 

 

 

3,720.  Behind the scenes the development of the module had been fraught with serious accidents and breakdowns.  One such failure had almost cost Neil Armstrong his life.  In training for the flight Armstrong had practised on two bizarre prototypes that mimicked the gravity conditions of the moon.  Buzz Aldrin already had his doubts about the lunar trainer.  Despite the disaster NASA were impressed with Armstrong’s quick reactions.  (Moon & Accident)  First on the Moon: The Untold Story 

 

 

23,542.  Bond:  But accidents do happen.

 

Q:  They frequently do with you.  (Spy Films & Accidents)  Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 starring Pierce Brosnan & Judi Dench & Jonathan Pryce & Michaelle Yeoh & Teri Hatcher & Ricky Jay & Gotz Otto & Joe Don Baker & Vincent Schiavelli & Samantha Bond et al, director Roger Spottiswoode

 

 

23,543.  Jules Winnfield:  Oh man!  You shot Marvin in the face!

 

Vincent Vega:  Well I didn’t mean to do it - it was an accident.  Pulp Fiction 1993 starring John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson & Uma Thurman & Harvey Keitel & Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer & Maria de Medeiros & Ving Rhames & Eric Stoltz & Rosanna Arquette & Christopher Walken & Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino

 

 

41,321.  There are six and a half thousand injury accidents on Britain’s motorways each year.  Police surveys show at least a quarter of them are fatigue related.  (Accidents & Health & Safety)  Horizon: Against the Clock, 1994

 

41,322.  Our modern world demands twenty-four-hour healthcare.  But the price is high.  Twelve-hour shifts would be a luxury for junior doctors on duty for thirty-six or forty-eight at a stretch.  (Accidents & Health & Safety)  ibid.

 

41,323.  The most extreme shift patterns and the most disruptive biological clocks can be found in aviation.  (Accidents & Health & Safety)  ibid.

 

41,324.  Japanese society works hard, travels hard and plays hard.  The result is sleepy people.  (Accidents & Health & Safety)  ibid.

 

41,325.  Power-napping will soon enter the vocabulary.  (Accidents & Health & Safety)  ibid.

 

 

121,932.  Avalanches are unstoppable forces of nature that kill hundreds of people every year.  Even in Britain, around 30 people have lost their lives to avalanches since the year 2000.  Yet we know suprisingly little about them.  We can’t predict when or where they’ll strike.  (Snow & Mountain & Accident)  Horizon: Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm, BBC 2018   

 

121,933.  We desperately need to find new ways of predicting where avalanches will strike.  (Snow & Mountain & Accident)  ibid.

 

 

49,006.  Georgia’s sandy coastal shallows hide a deadly secret - a hydrogen bomb dumped by an American bomber half a century ago.  Pentagon officials insist the missing H bomb poses no threat.  But with the threat of nuclear terrorism after 9/11 some aren’t so sure.  (Nuclear & Georgia & Bomb & Accident)  America’s Lost H Bomb

 

49,007.  Richardson dumps the H-bomb.  The 7,600 pound nuke plummets a mile and a half somewhere near the shore of Tybee Island, Georgia but doesn’t explode.  Its safeties hold.  (Nuclear & Georgia & Bomb & Accident)  ibid.

 

49,008.  Another US nuclear weapon mishap – this one over Palomares, Spain.  A collision between a refuelling plane and a B-52 killed seven US airmen and dropped four 1.4 megaton H-bombs over Spanish tomato farms.  Parachutes on two of the bombs opened.  (Nuclear & Bomb & Accident & Spain)  ibid.

 

49,009.  Jack Howard, Defense Secretary ... testified under oath that four nuclear weapons had been lost and were still missing.  (Nuclear & Bomb & Accident)  ibid.

 

49,010.  There are approximately 10,000 nuclear weapons in America’s arsenal today.  (Nuclear & Bomb & Accident)  ibid.

 

 

2,113.  Life is a gamble.  You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day.  Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on.   You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.  (Life's Like That & Boxing & Accidents & Gamble)  Muhammad Ali

 

 

41,326.  The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.  Aristotle

 

 

41,327.  I don't believe in accidents.  There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.  Pablo Picasso

 

 

41,328.  There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.  Stephen Hawking

 

 

41,329.  It's going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen.  (Accident & Motor Racing)  Ayrton Senna

 

 

41,330.  Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible.  The accidental reveals man.  J B Priestley

 

 

41,331.  We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.  Stephen Jay Gould

 

 

48,182.  Do we see, in the car-crash, the portents of a nightmare marriage between technology, and our own sexuality? … Is there some deviant logic unfolding here, more powerful than that provided by reason?  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Road & Accident)  J G Ballard, Crash foreword

 

48,183.  Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash.  During our friendship he had rehearsed his death in many crashes, but this was his only true accident.  Driven on a collision course towards the limousine of the film actress, his car jumped the rails of the London Airport flyover and plunged through the roof of a bus filled with airline passengers.  The crushed bodies of package tourists, like a haemorrhage in the sun, still lay across the vinyl seats when I pushed my way through the police engineers an hour later.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Road & Accident)  ibid.  p1

 

94,621.  In his vision of a car-crash with the actress, Vaughan was obsessed by many wounds and impacts - by the dying chromium and collapsing bulkheads of their two cars meeting head-one in complex collisions endlessly repeated in slow-motion films, by the identical wounds inflicted on their bodies, by the image of windshield glass frosting around her face as she broke its tinted surface like a death-born Aphrodite, by the compound fractures of their thighs impacted against their handbrake mountings, and above all by the wounds to their genitalia, her uterus pierced by the heraldic beak of the manufacturer's medallion, his semen emptying across the luminescent dials that registered for ever the last temperature and fuel levels of the engine.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Road & Accident)  ibid.  p8

 

94,622.  His exhausted face, with its scarred mouth, was lit by broken rainbows.  I pulled the dented passenger door from its frame.  Vaughan sat on the glass-covered seat, studying his own posture with a complacent gaze.  His hands, palm upwards at his sides, were covered with blood from his injured knee-caps.  He examined the vomit staining the lapels of his leather jacket, and reached forward to touch the globes of semen clinging to the instrument panel.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Road & Accident)  ibid.  p9

 

94,623.  Through Vaughan I discovered the true significance of the automobile crash, the meaning of whiplash injuries and roll-over, the ecstasies of head-on collisions.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Roads & Accident)  ibid.  p10 

 

94,624.  During the months that followed, Vaughan and I spent many hours driving along the express highways on the northern perimeter of the airport. On the calm summer evenings these fast boulevards became a zone of nightmare collisions.  Listening to the police broadcasts on Vaughan's radio, we moved from one accident to the next.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Roads & Accident)  ibid.  pp10-11

 

94,625.  Vaughan unfolded for me all his obsessions with the mysterious eroticism of wounds: the perverse logic of blood-soaked instrument panels, seat-belts smeared with excrement, sun-visors lined with brain tissue.  (Car & Pervert & Injury & Wounds & Roads & Accident)  ibid.  p12

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