Friday, May 12, 2006

Sounds of Spring: the )($*#(*%#($ lawn mower!

Typical writing day for FertilityBitch. Get sweet child on bus, rush to office with cup of coffee sloshing, light Himalayan salt candle, settle self down, ready self mentally for writing, then, more often than not,

rrrRRRRRrrrRRRRRRR! (add sounds of weedwacker chorus). We don't even live in the suburbs, I don't get it. But did you know that

54 Millions of American mow their lawns each weekend

800 Millions gallons of gas are needed for these mowers each year

80,000 People are sent to the Emergency room by said lawn mower each year (and this number is growing)

15% of the above are caused by accidents involving a stationary lawn mower

My husband and I were traumatized by early (push) mower experiences and have planted flowers (and weeds) instead. Lawns also don't attract bees and butterflies...

sources:
Netscientia.com
Annals of Emergency Medicine

6 comments:

Susan said...

Wow, that is crazy. We live in a relatively lawn-free area - it's mostly cliffs with mudslides and the like. But we do have a tiny little lawn about the size of our kitchen floor, which my husband tends to lovingly with one of those manual push-mowers. He says it makes him feel manly. HA!

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