Apparently people are attempting to open avocados by stabbing them and misjudging the distance of the pit that would stop a knife... which is causing horrible accidents. I am pretty immune to this condition for a couple of reasons:
1. My wife is from Mexico and knows avocados all too well.
2. I don't like avocados!
But seriously, if you are wondering the proper way to cut open an avocado, here is an instructional video for you. (another way to get the avocado out of the shell is to squeeze the shell)