A. In forestry, the term widowmaker describes a detached or broken limb or tree top and denotes the hazards that such features cause, being responsible for causing fatalities to forest workers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes widowmakers as “broken off limbs that are hanging freely in the tree to be felled or in the trees close by.”
Widowmakers may pose a risk to equipment or personnel working under or around the tree. They can become dislodged by wind or during tree felling, and are responsible for 11% of all fatal chainsaw accidents. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers ways to eliminate risks by avoiding working beneath widowmakers, knocking them down, or pulling them down with a machine.
B. A massive hamburger that is sure to give one at least heartburn. Many restaurants around the country offer this type of burger. It looks good but it also looks like it could be shared by 4 people.
C. A blockage in the left anterior descending artery of the heart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_anterior_descending_artery – Any heart attack can be fatal, so the widowmaker isn’t unique in that respect. What makes it notable (and feared) is where it occurs: in the left anterior descending artery. The LAD provides blood and oxygen to the entire front of the heart—a larger area than other coronary arteries supply. A clog in the LAD cuts off about 40 percent of the heart’s blood. No other blockage in any other artery affects that much acreage.
D. A hill climb in Croydon, Utah – The Widowmaker hill climb is an outdoor motorcycle sport event held annually and sometimes semi-annually in Croydon, Utah, United States. It consists of two major professional competitions, the first being the motorcycle hill climb, which is held usually in the month of June of each year. The second competition is the snowmobile hill climb, which is usually held in the month of January. However, there are many more types of sub-competitions held, including competitions for amateur motorcyclist, ATV, and snowmobile riders.
The Widowmaker has become a popular event, both on the local riding circuit, and nationally with pro-riders. This has been attributed to the mountain’s difficulty level. Even in the highest levels of pro-circuit riders there have been 13 as of March 8, 2009 that have been able to summit the 1000 foot level, over the 6 years that the event has been held.
On March 8, 2009, MTV’s Nitro Circus visited the Widowmaker. Among the members of those who attempted to try to summit the 1000 foot mark was motocross legend Travis Pastrana. Although Travis was unsuccessful in his attempt, it was “summitted” that day for only the 13th time in the mountain’s history. The first rider to reach the top was Mike Gibbons of Grants Pass, OR.