Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:56 am
How does a great gray owl do that? Now we know.
Credit Martin Meissner / AP
The human neck is a delicate stem. Torque it a bit too much, and the carotid and vertebral arteries can rip, causing deadly strokes. People have torn their neck arteries riding roller coasters, doing yoga, going to the chiropractor, being rear-ended in the car – even leaning back for a beauty-parlor shampoo.