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(NZ Herald)   Complete idiot's lawnmower explodes after he tries to refuel it while it's still running   ( divider line
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4427 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Jan 2002 at 8:51 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-28 09:03:14 AM  
Wow. Get a farking funnel.
2002-01-28 09:06:33 AM  
Wow. He's a real genius. He did this without someone to hold his beer and "watch this."
2002-01-28 09:07:07 AM  
Can you picture the moment after the explosion? The guy's standing there, charred like in cartoons. He blinks a couple of times, looks down at his flaming clothing, then runs Yosemite Sam style into the water tank.
2002-01-28 09:25:15 AM  
Most. Obvious. Ever.

2002-01-28 09:26:25 AM  
I just hate laughing at someone else's misfortune, but...



I needed that.
2002-01-28 09:33:34 AM  
"It could have been a lot worse and I'm glad it wasn't ... I'm still feeling a bit guilty because it was my lawnmower."

It's not your fault your brother's a dumbass...
2002-01-28 09:39:52 AM  
Cheesus: maybe it's like feeling guilty for giving the knife to the 2 year old or the loaded gun to the 4 year old. If your brother is that dumb maybe you shouldn't give him anything with moving parts.

This guy should be a Darwin award runner-up. Of course, if the burns stop him from reproducing, maybe he could earn a Darwin award.
2002-01-28 09:44:29 AM  
Talk about a potential Darwin Award winner.

That reminds me of a news article from several years ago. Some idiot farmer was using his tractor during a very hot summer's day. He needed to put fuel in it. So what does he do? He pulls up to the fuel tank and proceeds to fill it. That's no big deal, except:

1. he left the engine running
2. the tank was full of fumes, and the fumes vented when he pulled the cap off of it
3. he was SMOKING A CIGARETTE when he pulled off the cap and began filling the tank(remember, with the engine running on a hot summer's day)

Needless to say he and his tractor turned into a human Roman candle. He nearly died from the burns.

He sued the tractor manufacturer(International Harvester) and he won. He claimed that the fuel cap was defective, and the jury bought it. Even though International hasn't built tractors for nearly 20 years, they are still liable for them(the above incident happened over 20 years ago).

Stupid, stupid, stupid!!
2002-01-28 09:53:34 AM  
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2002-01-28 10:11:20 AM  
This is why I never mow my lawn.
2002-01-28 10:17:58 AM  
someone help me out here, couldn't get the page to load. did the complete idiot become the incomplete idiot?
2002-01-28 10:21:36 AM  
Shreen "maybe it's like feeling guilty for giving the knife to the 2 year old or the loaded gun to the 4 year old.

Of course, I realize the point you're trying to make, but that has GOT to be the worst analogy I've EVER heard!

2002-01-28 10:30:38 AM  
I was working in a gas station many years ago when a guy pulled up to get gas on a Harley. He takes the gas cap off and before I could stop him flicks his Bic lighter to see how much gas he had left. Lucky I was far enough away because there was a big boom. Guy ended up in the hospital with burns all over his face. Stupid.
2002-01-28 10:33:51 AM  
I see people refueling there cars while running all the time. I know the odds of an explosion are actually slim, but I just leave to find another station.

2002-01-28 10:37:09 AM  
""It could have been a lot worse and I'm glad it wasn't ... I'm still feeling a bit guilty because it was my lawnmower." "..........

er....cheesus beat me to it....damn.

how do ya italicize posts...I know the bold trick...similar ?
2002-01-28 10:41:31 AM  
No pictures?
2002-01-28 10:50:46 AM  
I don't refuel a car while it's running, but the people that make me cringe are those that refill their car while smoking, standing near the nozzle. Ya wanna thin the gene pool, be my guest, just don't take more intelligent people with you.
2002-01-28 10:56:41 AM  
I forgot the other equally stupid people who squirt lighter fluid from the can on flaming charcoal briquettes. People have blown the can up doing this.
2002-01-28 11:05:12 AM  
Ahhhh yes. Fire and flammable liquids . . . the Darwin Awards at their best.
2002-01-28 11:06:46 AM  
Amazing. I bet he is the same guy that throws gas onto the BBQ to get the charcoal lit.
2002-01-28 11:10:25 AM  
We need one of these icons:

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2002-01-28 11:17:45 AM  
Odd, I've never had any problem refilling my mower while its running...
2002-01-28 11:21:45 AM  
2002-01-28 11:23:40 AM  
We seriously need a "MORON" tag .. (for this, and for so many other articles it would fit so well!)
2002-01-28 11:26:22 AM  
You think that guy is stupid - last year my mother was mowing the lawn with the family's 15 year old K-Mart special push mower, when the fuel tank fell off. Splashed gas all over the mower. She shut the mower off, went in the house, returned with duct tape and re-attached the tank. It was, of course, still leaking fairly liberally, but she proceeded to start the mower and finish mowing. How she's still alive, I'll never know, but I'm thankful anyway.
2002-01-28 11:36:43 AM  
Darwin Award for sure.

Some people should be placed in homes and not allowed sharp or pointy objects.

I also wonder what the web admin for the NZ Times has to be thinking. Probably get a couple of hundred-thousand hits on each on average articles and them boom,/b> FARK puts it up and the hits come flooding in.
2002-01-28 12:21:54 PM  
People always freak out when I refuel my car while it is running. Little do they realize that it a diesel. It is almost impossible to catch disel on fire at normal atmospheric pressures. You can put out a cigarette in it.
2002-01-28 12:32:21 PM  

i'm good at avoiding near death experiences.

ever hung out with a drunk, semi-crazed truck driver who keeps calling you by his brother's name and telling you that the two of you should become a lot closer, only to (thank god) get pulled over by the authoritahs before any damage can be done? yeah that's what I thought.

2002-01-28 02:54:54 PM  
I was repairing my neighbor's car one day, using a small plastic bowl to capture gasoline that I had to drain in order to remove a fuel line. I asked my neighbor to pour the bowl of gas into his gas can, but when I noticed that he was smoking a cigarette as he went over to do this, I decided to do it myself. He then asked why he was no longer needed for the job, and I told him. He then proceeds to say the following: "Bullshiat! There has to be a high concentration of fumes and an actual flame for it to catch fire. He then proceeds to put out his cigarette in the bowl of gas. Luckily it didn't blow, however, this actually was only about a week after some guy blew himself and his car up at a gas station by smoking while filling his tank. future Darwin contender?
A real "fuel myth-" using a cell phone while pumping gas- There would have to be a path to ground for the spark, and unless a cell phone contains a Tesla coil capable of producing in excess of 500,000 volts, it isn't likely to happen. Also, the concentration of fumes has to be high enough in the immediate area of the spark. A more present danger (and no incidents of this have ever been reported) is this: a car with an arcing spark plug wire pulling into a station. In this case, we have an actual spark, however, the likelyhood of the concentration of fumes being high enough for ignition is very slim.

Note to those of you who drive fuel- injected cars: The fuel pump in your vehicle is an electric motor submerged in your tank. Fuel actually surrounds the brushes and commutator of this motor- this is where those sparks you see on your electric drill are produced. If the tank goes empty, then those sparks are able to appear. Why don't cars that run out of gas explode, then? simple. It in almost impossible for a high enough concentration of oxygen to appear in an automotive fuel tank- even an empty one. In order for this to happen, one would actually have to be pumping pure oxygen into an empty tank, allowing just the right concentration- too much, and there aren't enough fumes in this closed- space container (a motorcycle fuel tank, such as the one earlier in the comments section, is not a fully closed container, i.e. there is no vapor check such as what is formed by the filler neck on a car's tank.
2002-01-28 05:09:40 PM  
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2002-01-28 06:03:47 PM  
Anyone else seen a car blow up at a sports event or concert where a drunk ass tail gater thought it would be smart to "hide" their hibachi under the car's gas tank. Sad to say I've seen this happen to cars I was parked close to twice. Once it actually caused the next car to burn too. Neither time could I decide between laughing my ass off or beating the crap outta the guy for almost blowing my car up.
2002-01-28 07:35:56 PM  
9/10: I think I actually remember reading about that case. Didn't the guy try to argue that it was a scratched up cap that sparked, and not his cig?
2002-01-28 09:53:54 PM  
The real issue with gasoline explosions are a suitable concentration vaporized gasoline (ie: fumes), oxygen, ignition source and (most importantly) an enclosed area. Thus, putting a cigarette out in an open bowl of gasoline is not dangerous compared to opening the gas cap of your vehicle on a hot day and striking a match and dropping it inside the tank... :)

Its really no different than the way a bullet operates... burning gun powder in open air is harmless... put gun powder in a sealed chamber and ignite it and it explodes with enough force to propel a bullet through a body.
2002-01-29 12:09:44 AM  
"Synthetic clothing Mr Harris was wearing burst into flames, severely burning the lower half of his body."

See people, this is why you wear 100% cotton or nothing at all. Damnit.
2002-01-29 09:05:44 AM  
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