Illinois bright spark sparks car inferno
Narrowly avoids Darwin Award immortality
An Illinois bright spark, who decided the best way to check the level of combustible fluid in a petrol can was by using a cigarette lighter, ended up with a torched car and second-degree burns.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the unnamed 27-year-old woman was in a gas station in Joliet last week and "was filling up a gas can, which was sitting on the passenger seat of the car", as police later explained.
The cops continued: "She then used a lighter to observe how full the can was."
The petrol duly ignited, the can exploded and "apparently afraid that the fire would spread to the gas pump she had been using, the woman began to push the burning car".
Firefighters arrived to find the vehicle ablaze about five feet from the pump. The woman was treated at the scene for "second-degree burns to her right wrist and right thigh", and was later admitted into hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. ®
Fills gas can......$10
Fills auto with gas....$40
Burns up car and nearly station.................priceless
Oh I remember
when I got the job of Safety Officer at a City Council , because the accident rate was high and the Insurance Co. warned them that their premium was going to get jacked up 30% each year if they didn't improve.
My primary job was surveying and designing Sewer Systems , and I am not sure why that made me
the one selected .
t was interesting , learning about the ingenious ways people found to injure , main and kill themselves at work.
I found that those who injured themselves or damaged their vehicle were the most resistant to changing their attitude and practices .
Also spent a few years as a Volunteer Ambulance Officer, and found that crashing your car at high speed , putting your head through a glass door , and other such things was done by those seemed to intent on doing dangerous things until they terminated themselves.
Mostly after the session of drinking brain numbing liquids.
This is in New Zealand, so it seems to be world wide .
Not a Darwin Award, but a Darwin Honourable Mention
She doesn't qualify for a Darwin Award, as she survived and is (presumably) still able to reproduce. However, the Darwin Honourable Mention covers precisely cases such as hers: people who were life-threateningly stupid but lived to hear the tale told about them...