Britain’s unluckiest man falls down manhole

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/24/britains_unluckiest_man/

This would be a good example to discuss in a critical thinking class about probability and coincidences.

A 54-year-old Doncaster unfortunate – dubbed "Britain’s unluckiest man" – has continued a lifelong tradition of mishaps by falling down a manhole, Ananova reports.

John Lyne, of Stainforth, near Doncaster suffered injuries to his back, left leg and both knees as a result of the tumble, and will be out of action for 32 weeks, according to the Doncaster Free Press.

Lyne’s career began as a child, when he fell off a horse and cart and was run over by a delivery van. As a teenager, he fell from a tree and broke his arm. On his way home from hospital – on Friday 13th – the bus he was in crashed, provoking another fracture in the same arm.

Since then, he’s been hit by lightning twice, fallen victim to a rock-fall in a mine, has nearly drowned and has enjoyed three car crashes.

Lyne said: "I don’t think there is any reason or explanation for it though, it has just happened really. I have to particularly be careful on the Friday 13ths, when a few accidents have fallen."

The poor bloke added: "Everyone thinks it is just hilarious. My mates, family and wife Susan just laugh about it."

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