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Teen Tries to Impress Girl, Falls 23 Stories From Balcony

And somehow survives
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2016 12:46 PM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2016 1:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 16-year-old boy who set out to impress a girl probably did not accomplish his intended goal. The Siberian teen climbed over a railing and swung from the handrails of a 23rd-floor balcony ... and ended up falling, all in an attempt to impress a girl who was in the Novosibirsk apartment with him. Somehow—partially because, authorities say, a parked car he landed on softened the blow—he was conscious when emergency responders arrived and did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the 230-foot fall, the Siberian Times reports.

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"He has a bruised abdomen and lung, a tear in his liver and a broken shoulder. The guy was born under a lucky star. He is stable and conscious," an official says, per RT. Also lucky: the owner of the car, who was not in it at the time. The Daily Star, which calls the teen a "moron lad" and an "idiot," has pictures of his landing spot. (In the US, this guy got stuck between two buildings in his attempt to impress a girl.)

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