Monday, March 23, 2009

Just Plain Stupid

I'm been sharing "stupid" stories with you, but this one doesn't fall into any particular category, unless you just wanted to call it REALLY stupid. A writer friend of mine relayed this story at a meeting one day, told by her brother, a paramedic.

They went on a call of a car wreck at a huge overpass in Dallas - one of those that swirls around top and bottom like petals on a flower and allows everyone to take a different direction. Well, apparently some guy moving thought it would be a good idea to pile his truck up beyond capacity then put a mattress on top of all the stuff to "hold it down." Even worse, since he didn't have any rope at all, it was decided that his buddy would ride on top of the mattress to hold the mattress down.

Now, really, one does not need a degree in physics to know where this one is going.

So they took off down the interstate, yes, they thought the interstate would be the place to do this, and when going over one of those big overpasses, a huge gust of wind hit the mattress and it took off the truck, man and all, and went hurtling into the interstate lane below. Now, the remarkable part is that even though the mattress twirled around and around, it landed upright with the buddy still on it - sliding right in the middle of a lane of oncoming traffic.

Traffic scattered everywhere and it's a miracle that no one even wrecked their car. God must really look after the stupid. Because honestly, if I'd have wrecked my car because of something that stupid, I'm pretty sure I would have gotten out of my car and strangled them both until they died.

It took the paramedics three rounds of sedatives and some hand tools to pry the man's fingers off the mattress. I'm not even going to ask if anyone did his laundry. I think that's one of those cases where you probably just throw the clothes away.

So anyone want to chime it - hear about anything that stupid?

Deadly DeLeon


Terri Osburn said...

I'm picturing Aladdin flying around on a magic mattress ride. LOL! I can't blame that guy for being quite freaked. Do you think they give stupid people more angels or just the really experienced ones?

I remember the time when I was married that one of the farm dogs brought home a chicken from a neighboring chicken house. She'd toyed with it but not killed it so they sent my ex out to shoot the poor thing. The rest of us stayed in the house and went about our business. After the first shot, we figured it was over. By the fifth shot we were all confused. When he came back in and we asked why he shot five times, my ex answered, (and I couldn't make this up) "It kept moving."

Is it any wonder why he's an ex? And this isn't even the half of it.

Wendy Roberts said...

OMG lol!! Jana that is a wonderful crazy visual to wake up to this morning. Oh and Terrio your chicken story cracked me up too.

Thanks for the great laugh!

Terry S said...

Is there such a thing as a Darwin Award with a happy ending? If so you found a winner!

Thanks for starting my day and week with a laugh.

Christie Craig said...


This is priceless!!

Thanks for the chuckle!


Anonymous said...

Holy cow! I'm with Terrio, it sounds very Aladdin-ish! *g* But I can't help wondering how much these guys had had to drink before trying this. LOL!

Gemma Halliday said...

Wow. Just... wow. :O

Hellie Sinclair said...

Wow. I'm laughing--because it's so horrific--and then I'm also thinking, "Damn, when it's your time to go, it's just your time; and when it's not, it's not" because it doesn't make a lick of sense that this guy, in the most blazing streak of stupidity LIVED without a scratch, and Natasha Richardson, not doing anything particular out of the ordinary, bumps the back of her head and dies. I mean, that's got a "life's not fair" written all over it.

And I'm really glad nobody else was injured on the highway or damaged their cars.

Keri Ford said...

Wow. Considering where I'm from, I can honestly picture these two dudes sitting around debating the smartness of this!

Jana DeLeon said...

terrio - I pictured the same thing! I referred to him as Magic Carpet Man.

And ROFLOL on the chicken story!!!!

Jana DeLeon said...

You're welcome, Wendy!

Jana DeLeon said...

Terry - What a fantastic idea for a modified Darwin!!!!! Love it!

Jana DeLeon said...

No prob, Christie. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Tori - You know, they weren't drinking at all - that's the really scary part!

Jana DeLeon said...

Amazing, right, Gemma?

Jana DeLeon said...

MsHellion - Totally agreeing with you on the time to go part. I truly believe that date is already set. Which then makes you wonder what kind of stupid shit you could try between now and then.