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So, You Think You've Had a Bad Day


Article from the San Francisco Examiner, March 20, 1998.

The damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was found dressed in a full wet suit complete with air tank, flippers and face mask. A post-mortem examination revealed that the person died not from burns but from massive internal injuries. Investigators then set about determining how a fully clad dive ended up in a forest fire 20 miles from the nearest large body of water.
Fire Authorities in California found a corpse in a burned out section of forest while assessing Using the positive identification provided by the victim's dental records, they were able to trace his last known location. It seems that on the previous day, the victim had been scuba diving off the coast, in the same area where firefighting helicopters had been scooping up water to fight the forest fire.
You guessed it, one minute our diver was swimming along, minding his own business, the next minute he was doing a backstroke in a fire bucket 300 feet in the air.
On the positive side, fire officials credit him with personally extinguishing 5' 10" of the forest fire!

Article from the Miami Herald

A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio while his wife worked in the kitchen. He was gunning the engine when the bike somehow lurched forward with the man still holding on. The bike crashed through the glass patio doors and ran into a wall, leaving the man cut and bruised on the living room floor. The man's wife called for an ambulance and then, since they lived on a fairly steep hill, went down several flights of stairs to direct the paramedics to her husband.
After the ambulance arrived and transported her husband to the hospital, the woman uprighted the motorcycle and pushed it outside. Seeing that gasoline had spilled on the floor, the wife cleaned it up with paper towels, which she then threw in the toilet.
The man was treated and released from the hospital. When he arrived home and saw the broken patio doors and damaged motorcycle, he became despondent and went into the bathroom and sat on the john to think for a while. He then lit a cigarette and tossed the match down between his legs into the toilet bowl.
The wife heard the explosion and her husband screaming and ran in to find him lying face down with burns on his buttocks, the backs of his legs, and his groin.
The paramedics loaded the man and started back down the stairs while the wife tried to explain what had happened. The paramedics got to laughing so hard that the one walking backwards lost his footing. The gurney tilted and the patient slid off and rolled the rest of the way down the stairs braking his arm.
Now, has your day really been all that bad?