It is common here in Ireland to refer to someone as a "headbanger".

Generally it means the subject is a bit of a headcase.

Or if you are not so conversant in local idioms, it means they have a screw loose slate missing touch of a psychological dysfunction.

Now I would assume from this that even the dogs in the street are aware that headbanging is not exactly wise on a prolonged basis if one wishes to remain compos mentis?

So I had to laugh when I saw that there has been a "study" which – surprise, surprise – states that headbanging can cause problems.

So what's next on the list?

A study to determine if fire does actually burn?

Research into the effects of depriving a person of oxygen for an hour?  [Hopefully they’ll try that one on themselves?]

The effects of parachutes that fail to open?

A long term epidemiological study to determine whether life is ultimately fatal?

I can't wait.

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Headbangers — 13 Comments

  1. Mind you, epidemiologi-whatis has successfully answered some of the burning questions of out time, solved some of the Great Mysteries. For example: "Why Does Toast Always Land Butter Side Down?" (it doesn't, you just think it does), "Why is the car infront of the car with a knitted steering wheel always a tractor?" (It isn't, you just think it is…unless you live in Norfolk) and "Why are women incapable of programming a VCR ?" (They weren't, you're just 30 years behind the times).

    • The actual experiment was set out to test the theory that "the chances of toast falling butter side down are directly proportional to the cost of the carpet"?

      Why do Morris Minor drivers always wear hats?

  2. I do volunteer work at the county prison and if I leave late every light will be red and I'll get there late but if I leave early with more than enough time to get there all the lights will be green and I'll just sail right there and arrive early.

  3. Spot the weasel word that the moron composing the Irish Times article missed?

    “Our patient had no history of head trauma so we assume that headbanging, with its brisk forward and backward acceleration and deceleration forces, led to rupturing of bridging veins causing haemorrhage into the subdural space,”

    With that said the unnamed doctors seem to be equally moronic.

    • Words such as "assume", "may", "could" and the like really mean "we need lots more funding for further research"

      • I've also heard on good account that reading an excess amount of (ahem) "reports" compiled by (cough) "experts" can cause haemorraging of the brain when exposed for prolonged periods.

  4. Blimey! Has that old subject resurfaced again? I won the U.K. head banging championship back in 1981 and when the NWOBHM ( New Wave of British Heavy Metal ) fashion washed through the U.K. in the very late seventies/early eighties there was just one reported case of someone's brain coming loose. It really is pathetic the lengths some journalists go to for a story.

  5. I'll have you know parachutes have iron clad guaranty. If they don't work, bring back and they will give you a new one, no questions asked. 

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