A new depth for stupidity

July 13th, 2010 at 9:03 am by David Farrar

AP reports:

A 47-year-old American man’s friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back.

New Mexico sheriff’s deputies found the man naked on the side of US Route 70 with his prosthetic leg in flames.

Deputies learned that the man and his friends were drinking and bet that whoever drank the least would be set on fire.

The man told investigators that at six beers, he drank the least, and agreed to let his friends set him on fire.

He said his friends ignited his prosthetic leg, and the flames spread to his body.

What is surprising is that after only six beers, he would agree to being set on fire. Normally you need at least a dozen beers before being set on fire seems like a good idea.

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14 Responses to “A new depth for stupidity”

  1. david (2,557 comments) says:

    After he was burnt to the ground, he was charged with arsen about

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  2. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    No doubt he can find someone to sue, like the makers of the prosthesis.

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Flaming morons.

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  4. Manolo (13,774 comments) says:

    47? Hmmm. Is his surname Bethune?

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  5. frankflintstone (68 comments) says:

    Well, he was legless at the time

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  6. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    Ah alcohol…. the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems…

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  7. Inventory2 (10,340 comments) says:

    Sounds as though he’s about as much use as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest ;-)

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  8. alex Masterley (1,517 comments) says:

    And I thought the dance of the flaming a*&^holes was bad!

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  9. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    This would work better than all this confusing “standard drinks” stuff, which requires the doing of maths. Just a simple scale warning of the potential dangers:

    3 beers – you may lose concentration and be convinced it’s your round when it’s not.

    6 beers – you may allow yourself to be set aflame.

    12 beers – you may go home and, desperate to avoid trouble, propose (note: this tactic can only be used once and, if already expired, may result in your expressing the desire to have children)

    24 beers – you may feel the urge to tell you best mate how much you love him, while being overheard by people far more sober than yourself who will recall it the next day.

    …and so on. I’m sure these warnings, with which we can all identify, would have the desired effect of curbing consumption ;-)

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  10. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Rex Widerstrom 3:46 pm,

    6 beers – you may allow yourself to be set aflame.

    12 beers – you may go home and, desperate to avoid trouble, propose (note: this tactic can only be used once and, if already expired, may result in your expressing the desire to have children)

    24 beers – you may feel the urge to tell you best mate how much you love him, while being overheard by people far more sober than yourself who will recall it the next day.

    So from the above, Rex, can we deduce that you:
    a) have severe scarring from previous immolations?
    b) you are ‘married’ and have numerous children?
    c) you and your ‘best mate’ have perfected the art of male-male sexual reproduction?

    I hope you’re both very happy … ;)

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  11. AlphaKiwi (683 comments) says:

    He won’t sue because he knows he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. :)

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  12. Steve (4,562 comments) says:

    I smell something and it is not something burning. It is bullshit.
    Nothing more than a devious method of spreading the word not to touch the evil demon drink because it is bad

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  13. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Was in a bar in Sydney one night when 4 guys crabbed a guy, two had his arms and one each on his legs. They were running up and down in front of the bar, it looked quite serious. Suddenly one of his legs came out of his trousers and flew across the barroom landing on a table in front of 4 women. Two of them instantly fainted, there was pandemonium. Meanwhile these guys were laughing their heads off, of course it was a false leg. They were shown the door.

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  14. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Kris K: Let’s just say that based on my life to date I’ve had 12 beers far too often but thankfully never gotten to 24 :-D

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