Germany Has A Special Hospital For Train Drivers Who Assist In Suicides
Train drivers have the most fun and relaxing job in the world, based on all we've seen about them (i.e., from watching TV shows aimed at small children). Their job, it seems, mainly entails waving to happy onlookers and also offering advice to the trains themselves, who are sentient and have happy faces of their own. A little hiccup, though, comes when the train they drive fatally mows someone down. In Germany, for example, trains hit 800 people a year, or multiple people a day. Every train driver is likely to kill a couple people over the course of their career.
That's why all trains are shaped like knives.
Now, if a train kills someone, and we're acting like the biggest victim in this situation is whoever drove that train, you might think we've got things a little backwards. But leaving aside the useless question of who suffered most, the fact is, the drivers do suffer a whole lot mentally. And even though the people on the tracks -- other than the occasional damsel tied down by a mustachioed villain -- almost always choose to kill themselves, the drivers end up feeling responsible for their deaths.
This is worst where the driver sees someone on the tracks, thinks there may be enough time to halt the train, brakes as hard as they can, and smashes right into the suicidal track squatter anyway. The result: intense feelings of guilt, and full-blown PTSD. Train drivers come down with the symptoms (which can even manifest as literal pain in the heart) as often as firefighters or paramedics do. It got to the point that one German facility, The Buchenholm Clinic, shifted to specialize exclusively in drivers who blame themselves for killing people. We want to end this on a joke, but this a serious subject, and anyway, in Germany, all jokes are forbidden by law.
Astronauts' (And Marathoners') Finger And Toenails Fly Off
Space does crazy things to the body, so astronauts face myriad dangers, ranging from unintentional time travel and being mauled by the moon shark to space diabetes, Martian static, and of course drowning. But if you track everything astronauts experience, about half of all symptoms hit just the fingertips and fingernails. All of these are because of their gloves' design. EVA (extravehicular activity) gloves maintain a high pressure, and the lining in the tips is hard like a thimble. In space, your fingers keep banging these hard patches, and that apparently injures you as much as everything else combined.