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British Teens Imperil the Future of the Nation by Climbing Things, Jumping Off Them

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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you heard about the totally dangerous and crazy new trend that is sweeping the UK? It's called <a href="yep, done

" target="_Blank">"tombstoning," and it involves bored British youths hurling themselves off piers and rocks and cliffs into bodies of water dozens of feet below! Which we imagine bored British youths have been doing as long as piers and rocks and cliffs and bodies of water have been in existence, but it's getting to be summertime and newspapers need to manufacture fake trends to fill up column space. Anyway, it's evidently becoming such a problem that a lady whose son broke his neck jumping off a 30-foot-pier decided to make public a photo of the poor kid with tubes coming out of his mouth hooked up to a ventilator in a hospital. "If we can stop someone else from tombstoning by releasing this picture then it will be a bonus," she tells the Sun.

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