What Are the Odds? (Darwin Award nominees)
2 freak accidents, in 2 different parts of the country. Both have identical scenarios and both occurred within 24 hours of each one and, both have the same outcome. Do guys just come up with this stuff on their own? I mean, this is akin to someone thinking "Hey, sticking a butter knife into this wall outlet sounds like a good idea!"
Even the oddmakers in Vegas probably wouldn't have made book on this one.
CONWAY, Mo. -- One man is being treated for severe burns after an explosion at a duplex. It happened around 6:50 Monday evening.
Fire department officials say a man was trying to siphon gas out of his motorcycle so he could work on it. He was using a wet-dry shop vac when he saw a spark that caused the gas to explode. At least three small explosions happened.
Firefighters say proper safety procedures could have kept the whole thing from happening.
No one was in the second half of the duplex. The family of two adults and two children who lived there had just left but they lost everything, according to a relative of one of the adults. The building is a total loss.
It was also noted in the on-air version that the guy had been blown out to the sidewalk, through the garage door (!) from the blast.
That one happened right in my own backyard and when I heard about it, I just figured,"Dumb bastard-who's stupid enough to try that!?" And then I found this story just now:
Blast injures Albuquerque man; house damaged
A man using a vacuum cleaner to suck gasoline out of a vehicle was burned and his house damaged when the fuel exploded, the Albuquerque Fire Department said.
The department responded Tuesday morning to 1500 Seven Falls Place Northwest, where they found a 33-year-old man had been blown into the street by the explosion, Capt. Mike Paiz said.
He was treated at University of New Mexico Hospital for burns, Paiz said.
The house was condemned by the city after a team found the roof was lifted off and some walls displaced several inches by the blast, Paiz said.
There is no cure for stupid.