Man Gets Second Degree Burns After E-Cigarette Explodes In His Pants

Jay Dawson February 7th 2017 Technology
As an alternative to regular cancer sticks, and as the new statement in millennial chic, e-cigarettes have taken the world by storm. No matter where you go, you're bound to find a vape shop that's profiting from the massive trend. But how good are they, really? Sure, they might avoid lung diseases, but are they really that safe to use? This video might well be the definitive answer to that question. And the results will shock and disgust you...
It May Look Funny To You
Meet Otis Gooding, a 31-year-old man from Queens, NYC. He's a man not normally known for his humor, or his dancing skills. So imagine his co-workers' surprise when in the middle of a shift he busted into a long and seemingly comic dance routine. Complete with pyrotechnics. But this was no ordinary flashdance. Otis was actually doing it interpretive style, and trying to act out his extreme pain.
Suddenly, without warning, his e-cigarette has exploded in his pocket, setting off a chain reaction that had him reeling around the store. As funny as it looks, this is a video of a man fighting off a fire that could take his life. What had begun as a normal Thanksgiving Day last year ended up with him in hospital, suffering from horrific burns to his legs and arms. Which usually doesn't happen at the club.
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This Is A Dance Of Pain
The culprit: an e-cigarette he had in his pocket. The outcome: extreme agony. These are just miniature devices, but they sure do pack a punch. And once they begin, they just keep firing and firing. With a hole blown out of his pocket and his pants on fire, quitting his nicotine was the last of Otis's problems. The first priority was to douse the not metaphorical, very literal fire in his loins.
The thing about e-cigarettes is not only that they're filled with highly corrosive chemicals, but that they're literally designed to heat up. When that nicotine solution breaks out of its protection, when an e-cigarette explodes, you'd be doused with a liquid far beyond scalding point. And unlike hot water, this stuff is packed with all kinds of industrial oddities, and designed to burn for a long time.
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The Scene Of The Self-Crime
All this went down in the most public place imaginable: Grand Central Station in New York. Otis works at the Central Wine Cellar, a fine liquor store tucked away between tracks 16 and 17. It's a popular place for travelers to pick up a bottle of something, and Otis had been working there happily for just over a year. On this particular morning, at 10am, he had been only an hour into his shift when everything took a turn for the worse.
Given that it was Thanksgiving, Grand Central was packed with families and couples arriving and departing for some holiday cheer. The store itself already had a few customers inside when Otis, behind the cashier's desk, burst into flames. As he reeled around the store, they could do nothing to help except alert the authorities, and stare in utter shock...
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Is That A Firecracker In Your Pocket?
At first, Otis, his fellow employees, and the customers in the store had no idea what had happened. Imagine if there was a sudden explosion while you were working or shopping - the first thing you'd consider in this day and age was some kind of attack. It was an attack alright, only not from any outside source. The attack came from Otis's electronic vaping device, which was waging war on his most sensitive areas.
His first reaction is disbelief, but this soon turns into action. He flaps and dances across the shop while attempting to remove the offending article from his pocket. It's so hot, though, that he simply can't reach it. All he can do is try to put it out, even as it explodes again and again, lashing agony onto his poor body, and as battery after battery adds fuel to the fire...
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Complete And Utter Shock
Even if Otis can't do anything for himself, you would think that at least the people around him could. But like we said before, this whole scenario was like a nightmare to both the other employees and the general public. No-one really knew what to do. Sure, a few vaguely thoughtful souls ran out to get help, but by the time they returned the damage had been done.
Part of the problem was, of course, that Otis kept on exploding. Nobody could really get near him, even if they wanted to. Not only that, Otis was staggering erratically around the room in pain, seemingly evading any kind of help before it could get to him. If you do want to prepare for the next time an e-cig explodes in your general vicinity, this video is a pretty great introduction as to what not to do.
It Lands Him In Hospital
Finally, the flames went out and the vaper was spent. But the injuries that remained told a horrific tale. He had received second-degree burns to a huge part of his leg, and a whole chunk of flesh on his right thigh had simply burnt away. Likewise, his right hand - which he was using to try and contain the conflagration - was raw and burnt down to the muscle. Burns laced his arms and fingers, and his extremities were reduced to a blackened, sooty, and charred crisp.
Otis Gooding was immediately rushed to the burns unit of the Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York to be treated. Although he remained in a stable condition, he was in extreme agony for the next few days. Eventually he had to undergo massive skin grafts on major sections of his body. He would never be the same again.
How Could This Possibly Happen?
This is the burning question, if you'll excuse the pun: how on earth could this possibly happen? How could an e-cigarette explode like that? The answer, it seems, is not totally in the e-cigarette itself but with the batteries that they contain. The culprit is one that has been causing problems all over town: the dreaded lithium-ion.
See, lithium-ion batteries are packed full of power, making them perfect for small devices such as phones, laptops, tablets, and e-cigarettes. The problem is - and we'd all know this from the Galaxy Note 7 saga - that they're also highly volatile. They don't respond well to heat, overcharging, or sudden electrical shorting. Which is what happens when you carry around spare Li-Ion batteries and they accidentally rub together or rub up against something else metallic. Which is, most likely, what happened to Otis Gooding.
This Isn't The First Case
And in fact, this kind of thing seems to be happening more and more often. Whether from electrical shorting or overheating, e-cigarette incidents have been on a terrifying rise. In the last seven years alone, they've been responsible for over 30 horrific accidents, simply by being misused or put in the wrong place.
Two incidents in Canada - both in Alberta - left their e-cigarette owners with second- and third-degree burns. One of those exploded while the teenager was actually smoking it, leaving his face disfigured for life. Another man in Idaho suffered in the same fashion, but even worse: the force of the explosion was so powerful that it knocked out seven of his teeth. Now, there's a lot of good things that smokers will say about the use of nicotine, but we don't think it's worth this much.
Four Months On, He's Looking For Compensation
After surgery and recovery, the Otis Gooding case still hasn't come to an end. He's determined to find out the exact cause of the explosion, both so he can educate others and so he can sue the makers of his particular e-cigarette. Vapers like the one that Gooding purchased, from a shop in Canal Street, rarely come with warnings that fully explain the potential risk. And Otis wants this to change.
His suit, filed through lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, is against the manufacturers of his Wismec Reuleaux RC200, Dongguan Wismec Electronics Co. He wants them to pay for his medical treatment, which saw him stay for a fortnight in hospital. Even now, four months on, his pain still flares up, and he even has to use a wheelchair at times. All he wants is a little closure from a company that almost ruined his life.
Watch It For Yourself
If you haven't already, this is one video that you really need to see for yourself. And if you have, watch it again. It's not just a funny dance with funny lights around a store - this is deadly serious. If nothing else, it's a public service announcement: maybe you should lay off the vapes and give up nicotine entirely. Otherwise, this could be you.
Not only that, it's a very real example of the dangers of lithium-ion batteries, which are used in so many of our consumer electronics these days. Almost anything that needs a decent amount of power has one of these batteries inside it, and in the right - or wrong - conditions, some of these favorite devices are just ticking time bombs, waiting to go off. Laugh all you like at Otis Gooding, but don't say you weren't warned.
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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
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