Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning via Mario Vittone

Off-topic for a math blog, but vitally important:

  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

    Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents — children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

  • It Doesn’t Have to Be Summer

    If something like that seems unlikely to you, then you’d be right. Bucket drownings don’t happen often. But when they do, the parents involved never care how rare the event is for everyone else. Something very similar to the events described above happened just last month in Indiana. There was another bucket drowning reported in Illinois the month before that.

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4 thoughts on “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning via Mario Vittone

  1. You’re welcome, Mario!

    And I bet you don’t really “stink at math” as much as you think. Human nature is a funny thing: We tend to dismiss or take for granted the things we are good at (practical, every-day skills like identifying patterns or recognizing when a politician misuses statistics to manipulate us) and imagine that “math” consists only of whatever we can’t do — long division, geometry proofs, calculus, whatever.

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