Doctors in the nation’s emergency rooms are used to seeing so-called bagel cuts — the injury that results from slicing a finger or palm instead of a bagel and is most common on weekends.
Now North Carolina researchers report that ER physicians are increasingly treating another kind of painful household injury: wounds inflicted by pneumatic nail guns wielded by weekend carpenters who bought the machines at home improvement stores.
Such accidents more than tripled between 1991 and 2005, the researchers found, and 96 percent of victims were [guess what? ‑TfK] males whose average age was 35.
After the study on bagel injuries cited above, Calvin Trillin observed that this was actually a very positive sign, because it meant that bagels worth getting injured over had managed to penetrate the heartland.
I’m not sure what grand trend these nailgun injuries portend. Are nailguns better? Are people just too lazy to swing a hammer? Is it just an inevitable side effect of the housing bubble?