Monday, September 18, 2006

Death By Marshmallow

The Globe & Mail reported the story on Saturday about the unfortunate and preventable death of an Ontario woman.

This post is not intended as a joke. I truly feel for the family of Janet Rudd and wish them deepest of sympathies on their loss.

It seems that Janet died shortly after taking part in a Marshmallow eating contest. A contest that should never have taken place and had led to at least one previous fatality. All pertinent information on the dangers of playing the "Chubby Bunny" game are among the top ranked searches on Goggle for those key words. The worst part? She was approached and recruited by fair operators to participate.

Should the operators have know the dangers? Yes. Janet was asked to participate and likely had no intention of doing anything that silly to begin with. Would have, should have , could have... all nice playing Monday morning quarterback.

It is so sad given that this happened before to a 12 year old girl in 1999 and was preventable this time around given immediate access to information. The little girl's father waged a campaign to stop this game from being played yet, another person can now be entered into Wikkipedia as a casualty (literally) of Chubby Bunny.

The power of simple search is so much more than convenient.

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