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Man Thinks He's In Silent Hill, Causes Hospital Blackout

Silent Hill is arguably the creepiest, freakiest video game franchise out there, just in terms of sheer atmospheric tension and enough mystical fear to make your skin crawl. So yeah, bad dreams may be inevitable.

But when you're not 100% healthy, an experience like that can have a debilitating effect. According to GameGrep, a 35-year-old man caused a blackout at the Sophia Hospital in the Netherlands because he believed he was actually in Silent Hill. Nobody got hurt and thankfully, "Jan H." didn't take the next step and start taking weapons to patients he believed might be demonic mannequins, but elevators did get stuck and employees were forced to manually respirate patients in the intensive care unit. It took 45 minutes to restore power but like we said, there were no reported injuries. In court last week, the man said he suffered a psychological break of some kind that told him if he shut the hospital's power down, he could get a toothbrush that would let him solve a Silent Hill puzzle. As a result, Jan H. was found not guilty; the ruling said he "had no idea of the true consequences of his deed" and will now have the benefit of psychiatric treatment.  Perhaps it was the hospital environment that triggered the psychosis; those of you who are familiar with the franchise will know what I mean...

Well, having my degree in Psychology, I'd say none of this is impossible and the ruling is fair but you watch...the anti-game activists will find some way to protest against Konami. Just wait. You'll see.

10/29/2009 10:41:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Snaaaake
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:56:31 AM
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The guy obviously played too much SH.
The world is perfect, it's round, so is entertainment.
Stop video game production for good and we'll be seeing the end of the world even before 2012 comes.
Time for more anti-game activist and we say BRING IT ON!!!

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:56:57 AM
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Wow. That's quite a story. Now where's my toothbrush?

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IronFace2
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:59:22 AM
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Its creepy yeah... but cmon... u should read the warning first before playing such a game.
Silnet hill isnt a joke...

But its cool anyway ;)
best horror game ever

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Silent_J
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:59:25 AM
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Thank god he didn't hear a siren then he would definitely gone ...wait yeh crazy

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:31:52 PM

Silent Hill siren or Siren: Blood Curse siren? Two very different possibilities, but both just as insanity-prone. Unless you meet up with Howard Wright. (my hero)

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 5:42:15 PM

Hmmm a thumbs down.... Somebody doesn't like Howard Wright. Come out, you!

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Diggity Dan
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:00:33 AM
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Hahahaha


FAIL

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:52:05 AM

more like EPIC FAIL!!!!!

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Silent_J
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:06:09 PM

lol

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:01:35 AM
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There was an article i read back in 2004 about censorship in games and how these companies concentrate too much on obvious violence ala GTA rather than the games that actually ARE the most explicit and downright psychologically damaging, the Silent Hill games (1-4).

Of course, this isn't a worry anymore as Silent Hill ended that very year and won't return.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:04:53 AM



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bigrailer19
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:03:41 AM
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thats crazy.

none the less im in belief that if a person does an act wether in his right mind or not, the act was done therefore guilty!

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:05:09 AM
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Makes me wonder what exactly he was seeing. If I believed I was actually trapped in Silent Hill, I would probably need psychiatric treatment too!

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:54:16 AM

wouldn't we all?

i mean who the hell would be fine living in the hellish otherworld with disturbing monsters???

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:20:32 PM

I think I could hold my own Qwark :)

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Fane1024
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 5:26:11 PM

You do have the katana.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 7:20:21 PM

true, world does have a katana

thats more badass than any other weapon in that game ;)

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sunspider13
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:19:47 PM

More badass than the Konami lightgun that the aliens give you?

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Banky A
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 4:56:11 AM

World IS a monster.

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AshT
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:05:16 AM
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that was kinda funny, shut the hospital's power, get a toothbrush that to solve a SH puzzle.
Not really a horror genre fan, all those game scares the crap outta me :)

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bigrailer19
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:10:42 AM

same here, call me a whimp or whatever lol thats a funny word, n e ways im not a fan of horror, scary stuff!

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Perry Katy
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:07:01 AM
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I'm looking at you Jack Thompson....

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Snaaaake
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:25:02 AM

I'm not just looking at Jack Thompson, I'm looking at him using a sniper so that I can snipe him anytime.

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GuernicaReborn
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:30:55 AM
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The first thing that came to my mind was, "I wonder what kind of puzzle he was solving."

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LowKey
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:28:16 PM

LMAO, OMG ME TO!!!

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sonic1899
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:32:42 AM
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"Silent Hill is arguably the creepiest, freakiest video game franchise out there"

fatal frame anyone?

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Fane1024
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 5:28:44 PM

Almost nobody has played Fatal Frame because you can never find it in stores, like WAY too many interesting Japanese game series. They just don't ship enough copies Stateside (e.g., Demon's Souls).

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tes37
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:33:14 AM
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I played part of Silent Hill. At about halfway through I stopped playing. This game made resident evil feel like a nursery rhyme. It was a little too effective of a horror game for me. The game doesn't deserve to be dragged through the mud, because of this guy. That would be punishing the developer instead of this unstable person.

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:39:07 AM

I've been thinking about getting the original Silent Hill for the PSP since my PS3 already has loads of stuff to play on it. Is the horror lost when on a handheld, or is the experience largely unchanged?

Edit: Keep in mind that I play horror games the way they're meant to be: alone in the dark, with surround sound if possible. :P

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Karosso
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:11:38 PM

There is nothing more disturbing than the SH series.
The first game was so creepy I might get it again just so I can torture myself a little more :)
You should get it, I bet it's still as scary as it was back them.

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tes37
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:13:39 PM

Continuing to play in the dark may help keep the creepy feel on a handheld, but that's just my opinion. You might ask Lotusflow3r, he's a big fan of Silent Hill and may have it on psp.

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:25:30 PM

Cool beans, I'll probably get it. It's only 6 bucks on PSN and I don't feel like leaving my house. Viva Laziness!

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:41:31 PM

headphones only, dark room, no distractions should still keep it scary.

Bare in mind the game hit 10 years of age this year and it still puts horror games and films to shame.

*NOTE TO ALL* DON'T GET ANY NEW "SILENT HILL" GAME THAT COMES OUT! im passionate about the series and its hurtfull to watch it become dumbed down and ruined by these terrible western insults. Silent Hill is a franchise that ended in 04. (i will put this on any Silent Hill article because it deserves respect)

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Fane1024
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 5:32:09 PM

I played SH1 after playing SH2 and I didn't find it as scary as SH2, but for $6 I would definitely recommend it. I don't think playing it on PSP will hurt the experience, as long as you play it in the dark and with headphones.

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 6:11:25 PM

Advise from the local expert. Thanks Lotus! It sounds like your love of Silent Hill is as deep as my love for FFX.

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Karosso
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 11:49:58 AM
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I call BS on this one!

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Hezzron
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:05:04 PM

Yeah, me too. Probably some junkie trying to shut down the hospital so he could loot some painkillers. Blamed video games like everyone else when he got caught. The media loves those kinds of stories.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:23:31 PM

We can't be certain, people rarely get off on these things unless they have a proper psychological evaluation and are found well I think the medical term can only be pronounced by flubbing your lips with your index finger.

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GuernicaReborn
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:12:30 PM
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I GOT IT!! Next time you get pulled over for speeding, just say you thought you were in Gran Turismo 4. It will work.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:21:00 PM

your probably right! but the consequences of acting like your in a vid. might prove to be not worth it if u end up institutionalized ;)!

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:29:14 PM

And if you run 16 cars off the road, barreling into telephone poles, you can say that you were stuck in Burnout Paradise!

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AshT
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:55:26 PM

LOL....

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:34:04 PM
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Wow, and I thought I was a Silent Hill nut. Fatal Frame is pretty scary but so is the highly underrated Siren.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:44:07 PM

Siren is fantastic...apart from the ending to the 1st and remake!

Fatal Frame...scary but, not up to Silent Hill standards at all.

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Robochic
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:39:12 PM
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Well that made my day today... I do think fatal frame is a hell of alot scarier.

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 12:44:45 PM
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That is crazy awesome. Obviously not for those involved, but really. I agree that this kind of psychological breakdown is 100% plausible. Especially if he was drugged up. I agree with the ruling.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 1:10:08 PM
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I played some of SH...scared the sh*t out of me I couldn't keep playing it! I had nightmares for weeks!

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 1:10:56 PM
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This article makes me want to play the series through. Then again maybe I shouldn't. The aftermath seems like it could be detrimental. It was a well done game never the less.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 1:17:56 PM
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Dunno, I think Fatal Frame is scarier, haha

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Imagi
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 1:43:07 PM
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So, did he get the toothbrush? Or is the puzzle left unsolved? I have two hospitals within 20mins drive from here, tempted to try and solve this one myself.

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tes37
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 5:35:00 PM

I believe it's still unsolved. You're going to need a toothbrush, toothpaste and some scope. You have to sneak up on a zombie and brush his teeth for him before he bites a hole in your neck.

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cheng
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 1:44:37 PM
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i recently played obscure, the aftermath on psp, scary stuff too...

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Zemus101
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 2:18:31 PM
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Who's to say he was crazy? What if it was all real and we're all just crazy!

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Cole
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 2:50:41 PM
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It's weird, though..I've played every Silent Hill game and there's not a single puzzle in any of them that requires a toothbrush..

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Kowhoho
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:00:11 PM

This clinches it; that guy was totally insane.

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Sir Shak
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:07:56 PM
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Good thing he didn't believe he was in Manhunt .

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 3:18:12 PM
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Ben you scooped me on my forum series Now in Weird Video Game News! Touche.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 4:00:12 PM
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wow...

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frostface
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 4:49:41 PM
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Look, yis have it all wrong. When I went into the hospital I was merely tryin to find somewhere to plug in my fat PS3 so that I could play SH from my bed. I was trying to explain that I needed to get to pass the part where I use an electric toothbrush to fry one of the demonic mannequins...an honest misunderstanding really! ;)

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Banky A
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:38:21 PM
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What if we're all in Silent Hill..

But man, I wonder if it's for real. What images were going through that guy's head?

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Sol
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @ 10:48:56 PM
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Man, I kinda feel bad for the guy. For the briefest of moments, he was living a nightmare...

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556pineapple
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 12:01:06 AM
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Having not played any Silent Hill games, I had no frame of reference for this (other than the bad movie,) so I just bought it on the PSN and have put about 2 hours into it. In those 2 hours I have been more creeped out than playing any other game or watching any movie. Imagine how freaked out this guy must have been when he thought he was in the game.

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___________
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 1:41:34 AM

pffffffft silent hill is nothing.
try the suffering that will seriously make you wet your pants.
if you can find it.
that game really fu**s with your mind, its gory, sick and twisted.
no game has scared me more than that, and im normally a tough cookie.
good luck finding it though, ive spent months looking for it and cant find it anywhere.

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___________
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 1:29:26 AM
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o the media will find a way to blame anything on games.
honestly a guy could be killed from a falling leaf and they would somehow find a way to blame it on games.

anyone remember the SQUEEZE ME IM A ORANGE YOU HAVE TO SQUEEZE ME OTHERWISE I WILL BURST!
scenario?
SQUEEZE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

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wiiplay
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:21:07 PM

A falling leaf?
Cool! I just got killed by Arnold Leafinator!

But if you really think about it, almost every video game that has been released is about war in some way or form.
(At least every good game)
Call Of Duty, Killzone, LittleBig.. Er, Uncharted, MAG, Crysis, Quake, Grand Theft Auto, the list goes on for what seems to be forever.
But when video games were first invented, we had games without a lot of violence, such as Tetris, Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Pong, Pac-man.
Then in the early 90's, there were more violent games such as Virtual Cop, Virtual Fighter, then in mid to late 90's there was Grand Theft Auto, Golden Eye, and more.

What happened?

(Sorry for going off-topic)

-Wiiplay.

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___________
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 7:56:31 AM

Christians got into the media thats what happened.
thats the only reason that bastard michael atkinson refuses a R18 rating.
because hes seat is surrounded by hardcore religious A$$ holes, he knows if R18 comes in he is out.
thats why hes so opposed to a R18 rating.
its funny, my boss told me 3 years ago that religion is the work of the devil and i thought he was crazy.
now after thinking about it for a while hes right, look at the crusades, hell whats going on know with the US and them.
religion is the work of the devil, remove religion and we would live in a world of peace.

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Banky A
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 4:54:16 AM

lol

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wiiplay
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:10:12 PM
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Someone has probably already said this, but don't all hospitals have back-up generators? You know, the things that supply electricity through-out the hospital in case such an incident occurs?

And just be thankful it wasn't some kind of crazy person who thinks he is Mario and is looking for Princess Peach in the dangerous hospital located deep within Mushroom Kingdom.
Or be thankful that it wasn't some crazy guy who is looking for the hospitals basement while yelling at the top of his lungs "All your base are belong to us!"

This was an April Fools joke, right?
Before you tell me "Hey dude, it's not April." It just very well might be April in another dimension of another universe in a weird dirty mirror located in our dimension. (Huh?)

And who knows? Maybe some mystical invincible invisible force from above told him to do this to save a very important life such as a little kid who was going to die on the high tech super machines that most modern-day hospitals use?
The machine may have misread the data that it was receiving from the little kid, which would have killed him if the power didn't go out and a nurse didn't notice that he was about to have a heart attack, which the machine would never have known because the machine was malfunctioning.
You never know, real life is extremely strange.

:)

-Wiiplay.
(Such A Long Comment)

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, November 02, 2009 @ 5:01:23 PM

he was trying to get a toothbrush..............

nothing to do with machine readings or whatever

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