Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1998]
Origins: On 25 October 1997, a mass tug-of-war contest was held at a park along the
Within seconds the rope snapped, severing the left arms of two men, Yang Chiung-ming and Chen
A similar but less severe set of injuries occurred during a February 2013 incident in Southern California, when two students at South El Monte High School lost fingers during a tug-of-war contest
The accident happened during a lunchtime spirit week celebration at the school.
"They wrapped the rope around their hands and somehow the rope when on to snap, I guess it created some extra tension and caused the injuries," Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Brian Riley said.
Students "cheered at first because they thought it was funny that the rope broke, but then they realized what really happened," freshman Allene Garcia said.
The victims were identified by classmates as Edith Rodriguez and Pablo Ocegueda.
"They were just both in shock, staring at their hands. They didn’t know what to do," Jennifer Jiminez, also a freshman, said.
Chouy, Lee San. "Arms Lost in Tug-of-War Stitched Back." The [Singapore] Straits Times. 28 October 1997 (p. 18). Chouy, Lee San. "Mayor Asks Voters to Decide If He Should Quit." The [Singapore] Straits Times. 28 October 1997 (p. 18). CBSLA.com. "2 Students' Fingers Severed During Spirit Week Tug-of-War Game." 5 February 2013. The [Singapore] Straits Times. "Taiwan Government May Not Compensate Tug-of-War Victims." 30 October 1997 (p. 28).