Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hold My Beer

The BBC describes the unsuccessful efforts of a man to loosen his tire's lugnuts by blasting it with a shotgun. (Hat tip: Tigerhawk)

A US man has injured himself in both legs after attempting to loosen a stiff wheel-nut by blasting it with his gun. ... Shooting at the wheel from arm's length with his 12-gauge shotgun, he was peppered with buckshot and debris. ...

Frustrated by the one remaining nut which refused to budge, he resorted to fire power in an effort to shift it. "He's bound and determined to get that lug nut off," said Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman from the sheriff's office.

Me, I just stand on the tire wrench and jump up and down on it. The shotgun story is only slightly less bizzare than this story about department store Santas in Australia being banned from saying "Ho, Ho, Ho" because it might be derogatory to women. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

There'll be no ho, ho, ho this Christmas. Aspiring Santas have been told not to use the term "ho" because it could be seen as derogatory to women.

Thirty trainees at a Santa course in Adelaide last month, held by recruitment company Westaff, were urged to replace the traditional festive greeting with "ha, ha, ha".

A Santa veteran of 11 years who attended the course told the Sunday Mail the trainer was very clear in spelling out no to "ho".

Two Santa hopefuls reportedly left the course after the trainer's edict.

What next?


Blogger Brian said...

A near Darwin Award.

11/14/2007 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

A near-miss Darwin Award.

11/14/2007 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Wadeusaf said...

Darwin HO?

11/14/2007 08:33:00 PM  
Blogger Fat Man said...

Man needed to learn an important lesson:

There are 2 classes of problems:

1. Things that have come apart, that need to be put back together.

2. Things that have gotten stuck together, that need to be taken apart.

Duct tape is the correct universal solution for class 1 problems.

For class 2 problems, the correct universal solution is WD-40.

11/14/2007 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Foobarista said...

Sounds like he at least was aiming at the right nut, although there were several at risk there...

11/15/2007 01:13:00 AM  
Blogger Pangloss said...

What a maroon! The dope took off all the other lugnuts before he loosened the last one. Anyone who has ever changed a tire knows that you have to loosen them all before you finish taking any off.

11/15/2007 06:45:00 AM  
Blogger talnik said...

bbc. Any domestic verification?

11/15/2007 07:09:00 AM  
Blogger Jrod said...

"ha, ha, ha"


11/15/2007 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger Neo Conservative said...

Well... I think I found one of his relatives.

"I was a teenager in the seventies... and never in my wildest stoner moments, could I have imagined...


11/15/2007 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger Gerard said...

I was on the cutting edge of this story two days ago and got an interview with the guy's brain at:

11/15/2007 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

A shotgun!

What an idiot!

Any fool knows you use a Thirty Ought Six for lug nuts.

WD-40 won't work. It's not explosive enough. It does burn nicely, though. By the way, WD-40was invented for the purpose of wiping down the stainless steel skin of Atlas missiles. They tried 39 compounds and Wipe Down No. 40 worked the best. You could not paint Atlas boosters due to the flexing of the 0.030 thick steel skin and the temperatures produced by the LOX.

Maybe the guy is a Vietnam Vet. Common practice for replacing M-60 tank torsion pins in the field was to blow them out with some C-4.

11/15/2007 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it.

Anyone NOT familiar with the Darwin Awards, here's the link...

Sample: (7 March 2005, Vietnam) Nguyen, 21, had been drinking with friends in Hanoi, when he pulled out an old detonator he had found. It was about six centimeters long and eight centimeters in diameter, with two wires hanging out.

Because it was old and rusty, Nguyen said, it couldn't explode. His friends disagreed.

To prove his point, Nguyen put the detonator in his mouth and asked his friend to plug the dangling wires into a 220-volt electrical receptacle.

Turns out Nyugen was wrong!

11/15/2007 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

No. It's "righty, tighty; lefty, loosey."

11/15/2007 06:23:00 PM  

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