Monday, April 16, 2012
Coconuts on the tree
I try to avoid walking under coconut palms that are loaded with coconuts, as they will fall to the ground. There is a debate on the internet about whether coconuts are dangerous. Apparently some scientists when discussing some other remote threat have at times made comments that people are more likely to get injured by a falling coconut than whatever else they are talking about.
Some of the internet attention to this subject was prompted by a visit by President Obama to the Ghandi Museum in Mumbai in 2010, when the Indian officials cut all the coconuts off the trees before the President arrived to make sure that none would fall on him.
The consensus of the articles on the internet that I found was that reports of deaths from coconuts falling are an exaggerated myth, not supported by research or other evidence. Nevertheless, why take a chance, as a falling coconut would hurt, even if it is an exceedingly remote hazard.
This week we have photos of Angkor Wat and other temples of Cambodia on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. If you have not been there, I think you will be fascinated by a quick visit to our website, or a visit in person to Siem Reap, Cambodia.