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printdude / April 21, 2006 9:45 AM

The one in my eyebrow? I fell off of a 20ft slide when I was 3.
The one at the corner of my eye? I fell at Lord's Park when I was 2.
The one on my back? I was stabbed during a mugging in Peanut Park.
The one on my skull? That came courtesy of the CPD.
That one that goes all the way across my hand? I fell on a bottle left on the stairs at the Exit.
The one on my left arm? I drove a motorcycle into a hawthorne tree.
The one on my knee? That was trying to hurdle a picket fence.

Oh, yes, there are way more, adn way more stories.

MikeH / April 21, 2006 10:07 AM

eyebrow - hit in the face with a half-full Gatorade bottle screwing around (drunk) in college

pelvis - hernia operation

hand - clumsily chopping kindling with an axe in Boy Scouts

crease of left eye - chasing down a fly ball playing softball as a kid and running into a fence post with a protruding bolt

thigh - climbing into a motorboat from the water and hitting leg on the prop

head (3x) - various childhood incidents of rough-housing

After writing this, I sorta feel lucky to still be alive...

robin.. / April 21, 2006 10:08 AM

knee and knuckles? i ploughed my then-boyfriend's mtn bike into a tree.
front of my neck between my clavicles? piercing rejected.

can't keep up with printdude...

cval / April 21, 2006 10:09 AM

On the corner of my wrist, just below my Eye of Horus tatoo, is the scar from a steel bar that had a razor sharp edge. I was working in a factory many, many moons ago when the bar broke loose from a frame holding its 30lbs. It swung down and across in a cresent, like a guillotine and into my wrist. The worst part wasn't the cut but the nurse at the hospital sticking the anesthetic needle into the wound. It hurt like hell before the anesthetic took effect.

matt / April 21, 2006 10:13 AM

One day, I was sitting on my couch watching television, when my cat apparently decided that she was going to kill me.

That (those) scar(s) is(are) from her latching herself onto my leg, and biting.

She likes me now.

cats are weird.

hench / April 21, 2006 10:13 AM

right wrist -- chain link fence, climbing on a pile of firewood chasing lizards

left arm -- cigarette burn

left shoulder -- got doored last summer

both knees -- years of roughhousing, falling, gravel, etc

i think that's all...

emyduck / April 21, 2006 10:16 AM

forehead - knocked with a pole in 3rd grade gym

forehead - chicken pox

lip - dog bite

bum - stabbed with a knife

various locations - a variety of old piercings healed over. guess where...

Naz / April 21, 2006 10:16 AM

Big arching scar above my right eyebrow on my forehead: brain haemorrhage from a bike race accident. (My face meeting the LaSalle bridge).

Scar above my upper lip: same accident.

Small scar beneath my chin: silly parking driver hitting me on my bike on a cold and rainy night. I also notice that 1 out of 3 people I know have a scar on their chin.

Various scars on knees, elbows and shins: 15 years of skateboarding.

Scar on my arse: the faucet of the tub scratching it after standing up quickly during a shower. That one was funny.

m / April 21, 2006 10:17 AM

Ankle: last summer I fell down the stairs and the fibula popped. Needed surgery. Now I have a metal plate and some screws in there (info).
Arm: my sister dug her fingernails into me a long time ago. I was being obnoxious.
Middle finger, right hand: that fingernail is bigger because I was digging in a creek and a piece of broken glass slid halfway up my finger - - under the skin but above the fingernail. Didn't feel it until I saw the blood.

Naz / April 21, 2006 10:18 AM

I'm mildly alarmed by the knife stabbings going on here...

amyc / April 21, 2006 10:19 AM

Left boob: biopsy at age 16 to remove tumor (benign, thankfully)

Right arm: two chicken pox scars

Left hip, right armpit: mole removals (also benign)

Greg / April 21, 2006 10:20 AM

wrist: chopping wood with a dull axe in Scouting.

tip of tongue: fell out of high chair.

Hal / April 21, 2006 10:21 AM

Right knee #1 - Knee surgery for ACL torn in rugby practice.

Right knee (& thigh) #2 - lost control of my bike (riding without hands) and ran into a barbed wire fence. Cycling was part of the therepy for the first knee surgery.

Left knee #1 - knee surgery for ACL torn in rugby scrimmage.

Left knee #2 - surgery for leg broken in rugby game.

And, yet, I really, really miss playing.

amyc / April 21, 2006 10:23 AM

Jeez, I sound like a wuss.

Naz / April 21, 2006 10:25 AM

I don't know amyc -- I put tumors up there as pretty damn intense.

Quint / April 21, 2006 10:28 AM

The thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin' 'til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those sharks come in and they rip you to pieces. I'll never put on a life jacket again.

Mo / April 21, 2006 10:29 AM

cheek below left eye: playing in a rose bush as a very little kid

lower lip: busting my lip open after falling off a table as a baby (where were my parents?!?)

forhead: chicken pox

right forefinger: being incredibly dumb during my melting phase and dripped melted plastic on my finger, also as a kid

left knee: falling on a first date in high school (hey, at least we dated for a year)

a variety of other, less memorable injuries like acne and monster mosquito bites

I, too, am worried by all the stabbings! Be careful, y'all!

sky / April 21, 2006 10:29 AM

Chest-I was 10 and saw a cat wandering through my neighborhood. I thought I should rescue it (didn't really get that people let pets roam around) and was clawed hard core.

Knees-Leaving college one summer, we spent a day drinking and my friend ran to me and jumped on my back and I immediately fell to my kneed.

Toe-Wearing flip flops at a bar, my friend dropped their beer, I stepped on the glass. Drinking + Cutting yourself = rediculous amounts of blood. It looked like I had been shot in my foot.

Random marks on my wrists, arms and back- I have this thing that I have to read before I go to bed...this also includes when I'm wasted. At my old apt I used this string of xmas lights to read with because I could just rip it out of the wall...well, basically when your wasted you read maybe 1 sentence and pass out. Sometimes you passout on hot little christmas lights. And you don't move. And you wake up with blisters. Sick I know. Sicker that I let this happen on multiple occasions.

Bridget / April 21, 2006 10:35 AM

Wow, I'm getting nauseous just reading these.

jp / April 21, 2006 10:37 AM

I have a small scar under my chin that I got attempting to skate down the cement stairs of my front porch when I was 11 or 12. Blood everywhere. It was cool.

RN / April 21, 2006 10:41 AM

I went through a plate glass window as a kid and tore an "L" shape in my lower abdomen. My mom could see my intestines gaping out of the wound.

leah / April 21, 2006 10:44 AM

Under my right eye:

4 a.m. My apartment. Cleaning up after a party. Leaning over to close my kitchen window. It's designed to lean in towards you so you can clean it.

And so of course it falls ON MY FACE.

Blood dripped down my face at 4 a.m. at my own party.

I may or may not have made scary claw hands at my roommate as I walked over to show her.

Faces bleed a lot.

Andrew / April 21, 2006 10:48 AM

Left side of forehead, just below the hairline: Smacked in the head with a golf club by a friend who was practicing his swing on the driveway.

Tip of each thumb: Exacto knife slips, separate occasions.

Left ring finger: Dug for a save during volleyball in gym. It was one of those "cork" floors, so my skin seared off. Didn't hurt that bad and didn't bleed, but I got a scar.

Right hip: Fell off my tenspeed on some gravel, and my shorts somehow scraped a chunk of skin off me. Took forever to heal, and poorly, since it's a bendy area.

Knees: Too many to count.

printdude / April 21, 2006 10:50 AM

There are numerous scars on my hands mostly from cooking for 8 or 10 years.

I recieved well over two hundred stiches in my second year on this planet. My brother used to ask, "Do we have to take (printdude)? We're just going to go to the hospital."
Pretty true, really.

But the best part is, I heal amazingly fast. Sliced open my finger yesterday, spilling blood, put on a band-aid, and today it looks like a very minor paper cut.

allie / April 21, 2006 10:58 AM

1. 4 on abdomen - gallbladder removal. no, i'm not actually 85 years old.

2. knees- countless from being clumsy. i was going to say "a clumsy kid," but i'm still waiting to grow out of that stage.

3. left thumb - don't try to change an exacto knife blade while drunk, and then decide you're going to force it out when it won't budge.

4. right middle finger - don't try to open a beer bottle with a knife while drunk, or really, at any time. folded that skin back like a slice of prosciutto. yum.

5. small one below left eye - a chain stretched between two poles to keep cars from driving on your elementary school playground is not a swing, and should not be used as one. particularly when it's icy out and you plant yourself face first into a piece of ice, don't realize anything has happened, bleed profusely from your face, and cry like you're in second grade when someone shows you what has happened. oh, except you were in second grade, so maybe the crying part is okay.

i'll stop before i come off as any more of an idiot.

Jake / April 21, 2006 10:59 AM

You're never allowed to run on the deck.

I was 10 years old and we were on the boat in the spring when they were just putting in the deck for the summer. Every other board was in place but not nailed down, so you had to be careful when walking on it.

Well, something important was happening ashore and I decided I need to run there to be a part of it. I slipped and fell forward. My hands went between two boards and my face slammed right into the deck. My top front teeth went completely through my bottom lip, so I've actually got scars on both sides: inside and out.

Don't ask about the one on my foot. It involves St. Ides malt liquor, streaking, LSD and videotape...

Jkae / April 21, 2006 11:04 AM

"Deck" should be "dock," of course. It's been a couple decades since there's been a boat in my family.

jen / April 21, 2006 11:05 AM

despite being accident-prone in my early years, i have virtually no scars. i have a couple chicken pox scars on my tummy and arms.

but even flying through a glass window head first and getting popped in the forearm with 400 degree frying grease left me with nada.

guess i'm pretty durned lucky.

happy friday! / April 21, 2006 11:07 AM

The one on my inner thigh is from a biopsy done in 7th grade. In the summer for about 3 months I had a weird rash. It didn't itch, it was just there. As soon as the biopsy was done, the rash went away-go figure!

The small scar on the shoulder was from college. We had a bbq on our front lawn and I ran into our mailbox. Needless to say, I was a bit drunk.

Pedro / April 21, 2006 11:08 AM

Left Eyebrow - Slipping and smacking a garage door's molding
Left hand - Bull dog bite
Left hand - Metal trapeze giving way, slicing hand wide open
Left wrist - broken glass from Sun Tea jug

Right foot - Glass from swimming in Fox River
Right Hip - Skateboarding accident

Shecky Green / April 21, 2006 11:10 AM

She ran away with my best friend

meels / April 21, 2006 11:13 AM

when i was 10 i was messing around with a hot glue gun and shot a large amount of very hot glue all over my left hand. then panicked and peeled it off. taking my skin with it.

when i was 2 i tripped over my blanket and somersaulted down some metal stairs. somehow icame out of it with just one scar on my forehead.

shermann / April 21, 2006 11:15 AM

Under my chin: When I was 5, the front doorbell rang and so I went to answer the door and rode my big wheel down a flight of stairs.

Under my upper lip: when I was 12, playing kick the can I tripped over the chicken wire surrounding a neighbors garden and jammed a rusty metal pipe into my face. bloody mess.

Big Purp Sippa / April 21, 2006 11:21 AM

I have a big one down the side of my left ankle, which I broke and dislocated skateboarding six years ago. The part the doctors loved was how when I rolled over, I saw my foot basically pointing sideways, and kicked it against the stair as hard as I could to knock it back into place, crunch. I got a metal plate and seven screws. Funny story, I was back in the hospital seven months after that getting the largest screw taken out because I’d broken the screw itself—skating again…

On the side of my middle finger’s top knuckle I have a scar from where I stupidly attempted to open a granola bar with a big huge hunting knife while in the BWCA with the boy scouts. My uncle got real pissed, which in retrospect makes total sense.

There’s a small one under my eyebrow from when I was in high school… the courtyard completely froze over and we were running and sliding across it, until my feet stuck and I slammed face-first into the ice and bled all over the place.

Chipped teeth, from fighting a guy in an elevator

This is a good topic. Barring any super gnarly tales I think Printdude already has the title, honorable mention goes to Naz for his fucked-up face flyer.

fluffy / April 21, 2006 11:23 AM

below the chin- I was about 7 years old, trying to climb out of the pool in Mexico City, slipped and fell on my chin, cracking it open.

left nostril- small scar from nosering made 18 yrs ago

right middle finger- 20 inch tv fell on that finger. i guess i shouldn't have worn platform sandals while carrying the tv. by the way, the tv was fine- just a little scratch!

wrist and hands/ankles- burn marks - teenage angst, what can I say.

some toes- scars from when 4 of my toenails got ripped out in an accident.

forehead- actually, by the hairline- scar from getting hit by the corner of a metal swing

back of left lower leg area- small burn scar from when I was about 6. My sister was giving me a ride on her scooter and my leg touched the hot motor. it looked like cooked bacon.

shermann / April 21, 2006 11:25 AM

Also in my mid-20's I was trying to be cool and put my elbow on the fireplace mantle at Roscoe's to "strike a pose". I completely missed the mantle and fell into the fireplace gashing my knee on a fake log. Good times.

m / April 21, 2006 11:33 AM

I agree that this is a great topic. But now I am afraid of hurting myself again. Yesterday on the lakefront path I almost got into two accidents alone, because of people who either think (a) it's a speed-trial race track and all the people are obstacles that just add to the excitement of your urban roadbike-assault or (b) announcing "on your left" to another cyclist (who is about to pass three people walking astride) is completely unnecessary. Sorry ... that's a whole other topic. But I'm afraid.

I'm also glad I was never a boyscout. Jeez.

sparkychicago / April 21, 2006 11:37 AM

me: about 7 years old.
location: backyard
body part: knee
object: open walnut shell
action: trip and fall
result: open walnut-shaped scar on my knee

fluffy / April 21, 2006 11:38 AM

i forgot- left upper arm- great dane bit me- I was about 10 yrs old.

little scars on hands- working on metal art stuff for 10+ years

Y A J / April 21, 2006 11:43 AM

Right pointer finger - brother and I fighting while shoveling snow, he stomps his steel shovel for emphasis and I almost lose a digit.

On my head from when my brother closed a gate on me because I was gonna catch him while were were playing tag.

See a theme here? But then there's this one:

Left wrist is my favorite, got that during the swim portion of the Chicago triathlon, the only time swimming is a full contact sport!

And y`all need to know that printdude isn't even done telling you all his scars yet.

paul / April 21, 2006 11:43 AM

Fingers: various burns and cuts from restaurant work and rock climbing.

Middle of the palm, stigmata style: From an open-handed thrust at a potential mugger's tooth.

Side of the Wrist: Cut from a switchblade I grabbed out of someone's hand, who's intent was to stab me.

Left thigh: rope burn from rock climbing accident.

I've managed to remain relatively unmarred since about 25.

Sara / April 21, 2006 11:49 AM

Scar on my chin? Got tripped while rollerblading, fast, down the sidewalk in Evanston. It was actually kind of exciting to be on a stretcher. Except that afterwards, I had black stitches coming out of my chin, giving me a slight resemblance to our favorite circus freak, the bearded lady.

Harry P. / April 21, 2006 11:50 AM

A lightning bolt-shaped scar on my forehead from when this asshole tried to kill me as a baby...

Oketo / April 21, 2006 11:56 AM

Upper lip - the remains of a full facial cat scratch leading to a week of 7th grade embarrassment.

Tobermory / April 21, 2006 12:03 PM

Abdomen/belly button: gallbladder removal (I'm not 85 either).

Left middle finger: wheelbarrow ride when I was 3. Wheelbarrow tipped over and all that was sticking out was the tip of my finger.

Cheek: mole removal - interesting aside, my plastic surgeon later went on to fame for redoing Linda Tripp's visage.

Knees: rollerblading.

Shoulder: the pox.

Kenzo / April 21, 2006 12:33 PM

Sick of it All show, 1996. 13 stitches. Moshing is smart.

Leelah / April 21, 2006 12:53 PM

Left knee - tripping, falling, landing on some pointy metal part of a soccer goalie box while running from police in England in 1990.

Face, next to nose - mole removal. it's very traumatic to have big black strings jutting from your face.

Clompy / April 21, 2006 12:58 PM

small circular scar on my face from a dog bite when i was 5.
ovular scar on the top of my left hand from a burn that i got while trying to take a pizza out of the oven when i was 11
there is still a piece of pencil graphite in my left forearm from when a kid stabbed me with a pencil in 3rd grade

Clarke / April 21, 2006 1:11 PM

Heart -- From the 2003 Chicago Cubs.

Continuous from right ear to right cheek -- Crashed into the window on the back of a flatbed pickup trucks that had a cap on the back. Was 11 , on my bike, obviously not looking where I was going. Lots o' blood.

Back of right hand -- Sliding across a patch of ice when tackled during a mid-December touch football game.

Chin -- My feet went out from under me in the shower and the next thing to hit the porcelain was my chin. Was 9 or so.

Right forearm -- Football game, a screw from an opponent's helmet scraped about 4 inches up my arm. Was so deep and wicked I named it "Stan".

Right calf -- Bull shark. Scraped me while I was taking samples. Ok, not really...just love that scene from 'Jaws'.

armaghetto / April 21, 2006 1:13 PM

ninjas

Baldeesh / April 21, 2006 1:19 PM

Grill marks on my inside left calf from where I attempted to step over a space heater this winter.

Nicole / April 21, 2006 1:36 PM

I have one at the corner of my eyebrow from when I opened my car door and the corner ran into my eyebrow. I walked inside and the cashier was looking at me funny- didn't know why until I looked in the rearview mirror and saw blood trickling down my face.

On my hip- when i was about 7 or so, we had this staircase that had a metal railing. I was running up the stairs and turned the corner too tight, taking out a small chunk of my side. The scar looks like Africa.

fluffy / April 21, 2006 1:48 PM

my liver- from hearty drinking

my heart- well, you know..

april / April 21, 2006 2:01 PM

Top of foot, next to pinky toe: my first dog bit me while I was running with him; Age 4

Right knee: skateboarding in front of my parents house; Age 9

Left elbow: hit by a car while biking; Age 12

madachode / April 21, 2006 2:01 PM

printdude? who can remember anyting at the age of 3 let alone know how high the slide was? be honest with your self and admit that you never have left your parents house yet.

slb / April 21, 2006 2:05 PM

awesome thread.

Left arm: mole removal. i thought the mole looked cool. my mom did not. the scar looks gross.

Under my chin: jumping backwards off a boat into lake michigan would have been fine except that i slipped before i could jump. hit my chin, got knocked out, my friend's dad jumped in and saved me. it was pretty cool.

Right arm: playing chicken with a lit stick of incense in high school. Those things burn hot. It was a draw.

Right leg: wondered what it would feel like to drip hot crayon wax on leg. Found out.

Right hand: Accidentally stabbed myself with a pencil in 1st grade. Amazing that it's still there.

Face: misc. acne scars.

Ears: Keloids from bad piercings at Claires. I can't wear earrings. Don't go to the mall to get pierced.

Right arm (again): burned myself on nitric acid in chem lab. learned not to go to lab when extremely hung over.

i'm sure there are more... but i'm no printdude.

Deej / April 21, 2006 2:10 PM

Mine are both from college:

Upper lip - shaving before a morning class, I got distracted and accidentally ran the blade sideways at the raised point where the lip meets the skin at the little indent under my nose. I had to have it cauterized to stop the bleeding.

Left arm - A friend was teaching me to rollerblade, out on the lakefill at NU and being completely uncoordinated and unable to brake normally, I got in the habit of running into trees to stop my forward momentum. After coming down a hill with no trees in view, I plowed full body on into a hedge, fell under (b/c my legs just kept going), and cut my arm open on a rock.

steven / April 21, 2006 2:13 PM

knee: running around a coiled-up section of rusty fence in my grandma's neighbor's yard. i was 10 or so. i could see the cartilage. it was very cool. after i stopped screaming.

left ribcage: playing basketball in junior high, slammed up against the bleachers.

right side, above hip: kidney surgery at age 10.

back of left shoulder: removal of mole. the damn thing was only 1/4" wide...the scar is almost 3/4". looks like a small bullet wound.

mc / April 21, 2006 2:37 PM

Among others, on my right knee, a scar from my brothers teeth. He had braces. Happened during a dodgeball game when I was about 8 or so.

eep / April 21, 2006 3:03 PM

Bottom lip: Fell into a glass-top table as an infant and sliced my lip open. I wouldn't have a scar except that I chewed out my stitches on the way home from the hospital.

Right shin: Scar and dent from when I slipped on ice when trying to close the door of a friend's car. I ended up falling and sliding under his car, where something on the bottom of the chassis stabbed me. The denim of my jeans was embedded in my leg for a while.

Both legs and arms: Numerou scars from when the family cat got fleas, and I was bitten by them. I ended up with over 100 bites on my legs alone.

Ankle: Crescent-shaped scar from a broken bedframe in a hotel. It punctured me between my ankle bone and Achilles tendon.

Bottom of foot: Scar from severely traumatic foot surgery as a child. This explains my foot phobia even more.

Y A J / April 21, 2006 3:15 PM

If decapitate means chop off the head, what’s the word for chop off the feet? Depedicate?

My worst scars are the long, thin lines on my ankles from my dog’s wire lead when he wrapped it around me and tried to chop off my feet. That hurt a lot.

harry w / April 21, 2006 3:17 PM

I was quail hunting with my buddy Dick, and we had knocked back a few, and he turns around sprays me in the face! The kicker is that the ticker couldn't take it, and I ended up in the hospital for an extra week getting a bypass.
The one on my ankle I got Rollerblading.

gate / April 21, 2006 3:23 PM

Actually, it's a birthmark jerk.

Lody / April 21, 2006 3:33 PM

Left Cheek - trying to pet the dog while he was eating when I was 4 years old. Results = bit me in the face

Left Knee - fell off my ten speed and managed to get 5 spokes from the sprocket stuck in my knee. Left pretty cool scars.

Left Thigh - roommate dropped something on glass coffee table at the time I had my cat in my lap. The cat decided to run up my body cause he was scared - hence the 5 inch scar

And other random scars and nicks on hands & arms from being a cook & from getting a puppy.

mich / April 21, 2006 3:34 PM

Y A J, I've got those too. Those plastic-coated wire leads are killers. But I love telling people that they're S&M scars. Especially when I'm at work. I also tell people the one in my hairline is from my lobotomy (not a boring mole removal).

Leah W / April 21, 2006 4:15 PM

On forehead and in left dimple: chicken pox.

Right elbow: I thought I was getting a piggyback ride from Ken. Ken thought we were playing leapfrog. Oops.

Left ankle: I slip off an icy 3" tall ramp. Three fractures, two surgeries, one metal plate, 7 metal screws (1 later removed), and various pins and wires later, my ankle almost works right again.

Mo / April 21, 2006 4:17 PM

Man, mole removal is a hot trend here! I had one removed from my scalp, but my hair covers the scar.

Is this cosmetic or precancerous removals for you guys?

Benjy / April 21, 2006 4:28 PM

The biggest one I have is just above my left knee. It came from cutting down boxes at the store I worked at one summer during high school. I cut a flap off, my arm motion continued on and I sliced across my upper leg. Went so fast, it cauterized the cut and it didn't even bleed. And it was about 1/8" deep and 1/4" wide. Could see the sealed blood vessels in there, and everything. Just a little clear fluid. That's probably why it scarred so much. Fortunately, I was wearing shorts, so I didn't cut my clothes. I didn't tell anyone because I knew I'd get yelled at for not cutting away from my body like the owner instructed us to do.

The only other one of any significance is on my left wrist from when I dropped a chicken breast into hot oil to sautee it, and about a teaspoon of boiling oil splashed up. Had a blister about the size of a half golfball...

emyduck / April 21, 2006 4:45 PM

oh, and i forgot:

left elbow: 7 year olds should not ride bikes on gravel. especially bikes with training wheels. in the rain.

left toenail: permnent ridge in the nail from ripping it clean off while wearing flip flops at work. i got worker's comp for that one.

left inner arm: i have not a clue where that one came from...

i've been trying to scar my hands and arms for years by accidentally burning them on the oven, hot pans, melted sugar, etc., but it never seems to work.

jen / April 21, 2006 4:49 PM

mo - lots of doctors, if the mole is large enough, and of irregular size/shape, color, texture - will simply remove it to be safe. think of how big a biopsy sample of a tumor is vs. just removing a mole the size of a pencil eraser...

having said that - hip, from an irregular mole.

knee - from a shelf at kroger (grocery store) - i kneeled down, and one of those plastic price-holder thingies bit my knee. i swear.

various chicken pox scars on arms/face - thanks to my sister for giving it to me when i was in 6th grade...

Jaye / April 21, 2006 5:21 PM

forehead - wagon handle

right side/top (hidden by hair) - playing cops and robbers at age nine, obviously i was the robber and learned that running on slick linoleum floors in socks is not a good idea.

Hhit the wall and painted it red!!!

josh / April 21, 2006 5:59 PM

Large scars on my arms, legs, stomach, and palms from a motorcycle accident where I slid down the road for about 50 yards.

Right eyebrown, fell on the ice when I was kid.

2 on left index finger from mishaps with knives.

1 on left thumb from an incident with a woodburning stove.

1 on right hand from a garage door.

1 on right arm from a rope burn while water skiing.

1 on left shoulder from surgery to repair broken collar bone, another motorcycle accident.

1 on right arm from yet another motorcycle accident.

There also many other small ones that i don't know how they happened.

And no, I don't ride motorcycles anymore.

king|klutz / April 21, 2006 6:10 PM

Left thumb - Screwing around with a Xacto knife when I was 12. The knife slipped through the wood and cut through my flesh right down to the bone. I bled through a ton of gauze bandages before passing out on my bed. Great time to be a 'latch key kid' (love them 80's expressions...).

Left index fingertip - Sharpening a disc blade on a lathe after getting two hours of sleep the night before. My eyes closed for a split second and suddenly there's blood everywhere. It spattered just like blood always does in the movies.

Above my right eye - Was exploring in my walker as a two year old, reached the edge of the stairs to the basement and went right over. After tumbling downward, I cracked my forehead on the table at the foot of the stairs. No wonder I'm like this...

Knee - Tripped and fell knee first onto a jagged rock while hiking, leaving a quarter sized gash in my knee. It's always great to have a huge, bloody hole in your leg when you're hiking alone in the San Diego backcountry, five miles from home and without a first aid kit.

rofi mike / April 21, 2006 6:38 PM

We had an old, but well-maintained wheelchair in our dorm room (one of our friends was the theater department's propmaster), and one evening I was tooling around on it in the hallway.

My roommate decides to jettison me down the hall, grabbing the chair and running at a full sprint. Certainly no physicist, he left me about 15 feet to slow down after letting go. Faced with slamming into a wall or letting the chair veer towards a drinking fountain, I lifted a leg and accepted the bubbler as my fate.

I was expecting to break my leg (better than my skull), but instead kicked the drinking fountain clean off the wall. It goes tumbling toward the end of the hall. The pipe it was affixed to, I guess, was pretty well rusted and the impact snapped it pretty cleanly (this is no lie).

Now, I'm okay at this point, so we go into panic mode over the drinking fountain. We grab it off the floor, getting a precarious hold of it and trying to prop it back onto the wall. There's a metal plate on the fountain that fits into a brace on the wall. I grab this plate to lift the fountain before realizing its basically a two-foot long blade. As we lift the fountain, the plate cuts right through my finger...

I bleed all over the hall, my roommate runs three miles to get stuff to doctor the cut, I do a crappy job of fitting things together, and to this day I feel a ghost pain in the finger whenever I tell the story.

Emerson Dameron / April 21, 2006 7:31 PM

Fell off a rotting sawbuck in 6th grade. Compound fracture. Carolina blue cast. I hope I never see any of my bones again.

Lisa / April 21, 2006 8:04 PM

My brother threw a seatbelt at me and the buckle left a scar on my forehead.

printdude / April 21, 2006 10:04 PM

Madachode: some of us have records of things that happened to them at an early age.
Some of us have scars from things that happened at an early age.
Some of us have siblings to tell stories of things that happened to them at an early age to their spouses over drinks in Florida.

Some of us have all of these things.

I haven't even mentioned the scars on my wrists - hte ones on top from suffs too tight, the ones on the sides from constant abrasion on concrete walls without notice, and the goofy, unexplained one that sits inside that little dent.

s / April 22, 2006 9:18 AM

I shot an arrow through my thumb.

Toni / April 22, 2006 4:05 PM

The one on my knee is from a fall from my bike when I was 11--I skidded out in our driveway in Wood Dale.

The one on my nose is from 2000--my cat got me I when I stuck my face in his. Not a good idea.

missy's_ex / April 22, 2006 8:04 PM

The one on my prime signifier -- that was Missy's cat, pouncing, clawed, from windowsill to doorway, with Missy's bed, specifically the underside of my post-coital member, as a stepping stone.

Ouch. To say the least.

Alex / April 23, 2006 7:06 AM

My eyebrow: Fell out of an A & P shopping cart, at the age of 2.

5" scar on my right side, near my pelvic bone, below my belly button: Appendectomy, at the age of 7.

Amy / April 23, 2006 9:51 AM

We decided it would be a good idea to move a keg party to an ice skating rink that our friend's parents owned. It was all fun and games until I fell on my chin and had to get 7 stitches in my face.
Also chicken pox scars on my forehead, burn scar on my arm, knee scars from various childhood falls, you know, the usual.

Amy / April 23, 2006 9:57 AM

We decided it would be a good idea to move a keg party to an ice skating rink that our friend's parents owned. It was all fun and games until I fell on my chin and had to get 7 stitches in my face.
Also chicken pox scars on my forehead, burn scar on my arm, knee scars from various childhood falls, you know, the usual.

s / April 23, 2006 12:25 PM

Also, i got a scar on the cheek from my mom's c-section.

aj / April 23, 2006 2:36 PM

Bike vs. Car. Guess who won?

CarrieD / April 24, 2006 9:45 AM

I'm not particularly graceful, but after reading this thread I suspect I'm more scar-free than average for two reasons:
1. I never had a cat or dog.
2. My mother slathered me in calamine lotion when I had the chicken pox!

ChrisB / April 27, 2006 1:36 PM

Eyebrow from butting heads with a guy playing football.

Side of my head from when I was riding my bike as a kid, collided with another kid and hit my head on the end of the handlebar that the rubber had worked its way in, leaving the metal tube exposed.

My finger from almost getting it chopped off while working on a jet engine.

And various other ones here and there that I can't remember where they came from.

lis / April 27, 2006 4:59 PM

the one in my forehead that looks like a dent? i was being my rambunctious 6-year-old self and playing lasso with my plastic handled jump rope. things got a little out of hand.

Ken / May 7, 2006 11:33 PM

I have hundreds of physical scars; I can no more recall them anymore than I could recall 1st grade.

They're on my head, fingers, face, arms, legs, chest, back, ass, hips and feet.

Of all of them - the one that sticks out most is a now faded scar on my left forearm. It's over 20 years old and best forgotten (best friend at the time sliced my arm open with a knife - defensive wound)

alvaro / January 15, 2009 12:00 PM

i fell down of the top of my house and i broke my leg

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