One day, arriving late at the station just as the train was leaving, Edison jumped from the platform -- and just caught the last step. He was unable, however, to pull himself up. Fortunately, a conductor came to the lad's rescue and pulled him aboard. Less fortunately, the man had pulled Edison up... by his ears!
[Edison later claimed that he had felt something snap in his head. Nonetheless part of him was thankful for his progressive deafness (which was more likely the result of a childhood disease): silence afforded him the ability to concentrate while others were busy talking.]