Wanlock Dod wrote:drossall wrote:... This is an example of the kind of accident in which a helmet could be damaged quite significantly (should be; that's what's supposed to happen), without necessarily achieving any protection. It's also an anecdote, and it's very hard to be sure what would have happened with a helmet. ...
Given the tendency for helmets to suffer considerable damage during relatively minor crashes it is quite possible that there would have been an effect had you been wearing a helmet. The helmet would likely have been significantly damaged, but you would have been relatively unscathed (your head might even have been a little less sore). This would potentially have had the effect of you undergoing a spontaneous religious conversion into the Church of the Helmeteer. It would bear some similarity to somebody who had been miraculously cured of a terminal illness, because fatal head injuries only have one relevant outcome for those that suffer from them. The Church has a great many apostles and missionaries within its ranks and they roam the roads preaching about the benefits of helmets to anybody that they think might be in need of conversion.
The stupid driving of a friend put him in a coma for a few days. During his slow recovery he had a phase of believing in UFOs. (He is cured now.) His father, in his dour Scots accent said,
"If a little green man knocked on my door and asked me to take him to our leader, I still would not believe in them."
I like to think I would be equally resistant to a Pauline conversion, and if God spoke to me I would wonder who had spiked my beer.
Since I don't wear a lid I could not suffer such an accidental conversion.