On Monday, my brother who lives in San Diego sent me an email with the subject line: “Third time this week.” What had happened for the third time was that someone fell off the oceanside cliff near his home, something that happens there with frightening regularity.
I asked my brother why this keeps happening.
“Gravity,” was his reply.
Me: “Ha-ha. I mean are they just trying to get a better look? Or flying one of those stupid flying things? Or playing Pokemon Go? (Oh, sweet heaven, that would be such a *great* rumor to start today even if it's not true.)”
Two days later it’s true, though not at the exact same cliff.
From the website of San Diego’s NBC affiliate:
Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego's North County while playing 'Pokemon Go', the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.
When the Encinitas Fire Department arrived, they found a man around 80 to 90 feet down the cliff, on the beach. Crews found a second man who was unconscious about 50 feet down the cliff. Both men were taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. The extent of their injuries was unknown.
A sign posted on the fence warns the public that the bluffs are unstable but the men had climbed over to find a character in the popular video game, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
OK, fine, this wasn’t actually difficult to foresee.
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