TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Laura Safe, 27, who was so busy texting her boyfriend that she unwittingly walked directly into a freezing canal. Safe was too engrossed in what she was texting and failed to spot the water in front of her in the busy Birmingham, England shopping district. A passerby came to her rescue, grabbing her by the hand and pulling her from the icy water.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
A hospital burn unit in Brazil, whose fire safety mascot "Flamy" is more scary than comforting. The terrifying mascot, who is supposed to teach kids how to avoid flammable materials and how burns should be treated, looks like a man engulfed in flames. Very sensitive, especially from a country that just had the worst nightclub fire in recent years.
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