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Old 07-05-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Police: Man Shoots off Firework From Top of His Head, Dies - ABC News

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Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head. He died instantly.
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A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head
Hold my beer and watch this.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:57 AM   #3
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I'll bet that was a mess to clean up!
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Darwin nominees LOVE the Fourth of July weekend.

Man swimming in Orange bayou dies in apparent alligator attack - Houston Chronicle

The deceased decided to take a dip just after the 2 a.m. closing time at a bar down by the river.

Extra points: this was the first confirmed death by alligator in Texas since the year the Alamo fell, 1836.

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I'll bet that was a mess to clean up!
Not a lot of grey matter, though. WTF was he are they thinking?
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Man swimming in Orange bayou dies in apparent alligator attack - Houston Chronicle

The deceased decided to take a dip just after the 2 a.m. closing time at a bar down by the river.

Extra points: this was the first confirmed death by alligator in Texas since the year the Alamo fell, 1836.


Funny thing is that there are alligators in various lakes in the state and no problem with them.... I know DW asked a park ranger once and he said it was fine to swim at the park...
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“The individual is deceased, so we’re not gonna issue a ticket to him,” Shakinas said. “But we would just remind everyone that alcohol and fireworks do not mix.”
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Funny thing is that there are alligators in various lakes in the state and no problem with them.... I know DW asked a park ranger once and he said it was fine to swim at the park...
Apparently, at this location, news mentioned the gator was periodically fed by locals and was used to having food thrown in the water. Also, it was noted that the gator was under the dock at times, especially this time.
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Apparently, at this location, news mentioned the gator was periodically fed by locals and was used to having food thrown in the water. Also, it was noted that the gator was under the dock at times, especially this time.
The accounts I read said that the marina employee was pleading and pleading with him not to get in the water. To which he replied "f### the alligators" and jumped in.

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The accounts I read said that the marina employee was pleading and pleading with him not to get in the water. To which he replied "f### the alligators" and jumped in.

You really can't fix stupid.
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The accounts I read said that the marina employee was pleading and pleading with him not to get in the water. To which he replied "f### the alligators" and jumped in.

You really can't fix stupid.
Your correct you can't fix stupid or drunk. I guess the old line about "some people's mission in life is to serve as a warning to others" is so very true.
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OK, I can see the allure of hand held bottle rocket fights. Even throwing cherry bombs. But putting a mortar on your head? WTF?
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I believe that natural selection is at play with these kinds of occurrences. To often, the health care system steps in before nature can finish it's job. And then you and I pay for their recovery because of course they don't have health insurance.
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Guess we need background checks for fireworks...

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Maybe the alligator preferred his meat pickled?
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Darwin nominees LOVE the Fourth of July weekend.

Man swimming in Orange bayou dies in apparent alligator attack - Houston Chronicle

The deceased decided to take a dip just after the 2 a.m. closing time at a bar down by the river.
Thanks for the link. The TV stations up here have managed to avoid ALL pertinent details, other than "he jumped in to swim, in an area that an 11' gator had been seen recently". And plenty of video of the water.

Time to go play Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" (poke sallet)
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Well I guess they're going to update all fireworks packaging to warn folks that you shouldn't detonate fireworks on your head!

I understand why we have some of these types of warnings, some people really need them.
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Occasionally Darwin Awards aren't awarded posthumously. This is a local story for me.

Teen Hospitalized After Falling From 5th Floor Window in Ocean C - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

They always say drugs and alcohol contributed, but they never come right out and say stupidity was the main cause. How do you flee through a 5th story window?
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