First, Killer Cows. Now, Avenging Avocados

Nearly one person every second day filed avocado-related ACC claims last year, costing taxpayers almost $70,000.

New figures show 162 people filed a claim with the word “avocado” in the injury description to ACC last year.

That was up from 2014 and 2015, which had 118 and 137 claims respectively.

The majority of the claims were from people cutting or stabbing themselves while trying to remove the fruit’s stone, said Meredith Simcock, a reconstructive plastic and hand surgeon at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

“The worst I’ve personally seen is someone who’s stabbed through the avocado and stabbed into their hand and cut the nerves that supply the index finger and middle finger, which mean they’ve got numb fingers, and then cut the tendons that supply the middle finger,” Dr Simcock said.

There is a simple way to work with an avocado, but then you always have some idiots.  With reconstructive surgery involved, $70,000 for the whole year isn’t too bad really.

What’s the worst damage you have done to yourself in the kitchen?



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