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(AP)   "Mouse burning down house" story passes from fact to urban legend   (wsbtv.com ) divider line
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2006-01-10 10:18:41 AM  
Oops, was supposed to be "followup"
 
2006-01-10 10:19:10 AM  
Damn. Must all my dreams die? Or, at least, all my dreams involving animals on fire?
 
2006-01-10 10:19:15 AM  
it's ok... Something like this would happen in Florida.. eventually... everything else seems to happen there.
 
2006-01-10 10:19:16 AM  
umm shouldn't that headline be "passes from urban legend to fact" ?
 
2006-01-10 10:19:51 AM  
It could have very well been Florida.
 
2006-01-10 10:21:35 AM  
I though it was in New Mexico?
 
2006-01-10 10:21:38 AM  
Damn it all! I saw Geraldo crying with this poor man about how a mouse burned down his house, and now I find out I've been lied to! Damn you media to hell!
 
2006-01-10 10:22:14 AM  
It wasn't a flaming mouse that burned his home down; it was a flaming Richard Simmons.
 
2006-01-10 10:22:51 AM  
I told you farkers, but no, I'm just mouse what do i know?

www.west-ext.com
 
2006-01-10 10:23:09 AM  
Olbermann owes a retraction.
 
2006-01-10 10:24:11 AM  
No insurance? He's insane.
 
2006-01-10 10:24:20 AM  
"Mares lost everything -- and has no insurance -- but the mouse story still makes him smile."

What a happy uplifting story. An 81-year old man's house burns down... Awesome!
 
2006-01-10 10:24:40 AM  
taco flavored keeses
umm shouldn't that headline be "passes from urban legend to fact" ?


No, should be, umm shouldn't that headline be "passes from urban legend to fark!"
 
2006-01-10 10:24:46 AM  
No this is totally true. It happened to the father of the brother of my sister's friend's aunt.
 
2006-01-10 10:24:50 AM  
Needs an img.fark.com tag.
 
2006-01-10 10:24:55 AM  
How about he realized that his insurance company would view the original "burning a live mouse" story as contributory negligence on his part and deny any claims he made for the damage to his house, so he changed his story to bring the destruction of his house into some causality harder for the insurance company to disavow?
 
2006-01-10 10:25:16 AM  
Duped again! Next thing the media is gonna tell us is some mad man in the middle east has weapons of mass destruction. er nevermind.


/nothing.
 
2006-01-10 10:25:28 AM  
this should be on that show where they take on urban myths.. see if a mouse on fire could really, in fact, find it's way back into a house and burn it down.

/morbid like that
 
2006-01-10 10:25:50 AM  
He's still a flaming idiot for burning down his own house.
 
2006-01-10 10:26:07 AM  
Submitter must have drinking beer when he submitted this. Nothing to do with Florida...
 
2006-01-10 10:27:03 AM  
Turns out the mouse used to be on Walker Texas Ranger
 
2006-01-10 10:27:21 AM  
And "Face" too all the idiots who believed this story.

It's called logical reasoning. Look in to it.

/a flaming mouse could not survive on fire long enough to run back in to the house.
 
2006-01-10 10:27:30 AM  
**TURNS TO MEDIA OUTLETS**
BWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
takes breath
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2006-01-10 10:27:44 AM  
Cyberdependent: insurance company to disavow?

He has no insurance, so... nyet.
 
2006-01-10 10:27:55 AM  
Cyberdependent:

How about he realized that his insurance company would view the original "burning a live mouse" story as contributory negligence on his part and deny any claims he made for the damage to his house, so he changed his story to bring the destruction of his house into some causality harder for the insurance company to disavow?

Beautifully cynical, but perhaps you missed the "has no insurance" part of the article?
 
2006-01-10 10:28:09 AM  
steve20832:

submitter's a img.fark.com farker.. all of their posts are greenlit. no matter how dubious.
 
2006-01-10 10:30:18 AM  
Mr. Xristo: submitter's a farker.. all of their posts are greenlit. no matter how dubious.

Beside the fact that this entire statement is utter crap, Wham is not only one of our more esteemed colleagues in Fark but he also pointed out his mis-labeling the VERY Boobies in the thread.

/rawrrrrrr
 
2006-01-10 10:30:19 AM  
Unless your home is made from gas soaked straw, there's no way a little mouse is gonna destroy an entire house.
 
2006-01-10 10:30:33 AM  
Whamdangler: Oops, was supposed to be "followup"

Evidently needs repeating.
 
2006-01-10 10:31:44 AM  
IMlifelike: Boobies

eh? that read "Boobies"...?
 
2006-01-10 10:31:48 AM  
portnoyd: No insurance? He's insane.


No, he's pretty typical of a lot of the people who live in NM. So the next time I go off an my immigration rants, please understand the kind of people I deal with on a daily basis.

I really do see trucks with 7 mexicans stuck in the cab, with the bumper tied on with twine and gardening tools falling out of the back driving down the highway while they are all drinking beers. We really do have areas with bicycles thrown on the roof of houses and lowriders broken down in the yard.

We really do have hospitals with 6 hour waits in the emergency room that is filled with illeagels.
 
2006-01-10 10:31:56 AM  
my bad... I will gallantly pull the shoe from my mouth.

// you're a kitty, I'm a kitty.. pay more attention next time.
//haven't had my morning Java
 
2006-01-10 10:34:06 AM  
I first thought "if this guy is a Dogfart subscriber, maybe he clicked enough to cause overheating of mouse".
//wrong mouse indeed
 
2006-01-10 10:34:34 AM  
blahpers:Beautifully cynical, but perhaps you missed the "has no insurance" part of the article?

Ah, so I did. I'll just shuffle off and mumble to myself...
 
2006-01-10 10:38:26 AM  
This guy should setup a paypal account for himself, I bet he could make a boatload from people around the world.

/No PETA contributions of course
 
2006-01-10 10:42:39 AM  
Mr. Xristo: submitter's a total farker.. all of their posts are greenlit. no matter how dubious.
No, only UtraFarkers get that kind of privilage.
 
2006-01-10 10:44:28 AM  
dewars-rocks:

"Ultra" farker.. nice..
 
2006-01-10 10:49:02 AM  
This shiat is comedy gold. The fact that some major newswires ran it without picking up a phone to at least check the facts speaks volumes about what constitutes a story these days.

/I believe everything I read...
//...not
 
2006-01-10 10:51:48 AM  
Mares lost everything -- and has no insurance -- but the mouse story still makes him smile.

"I started laughing, and I'll be laughing from now on," he said. "It's silly."


I hope, one day, to have this kind of outlook on life.

/getting there
 
2006-01-10 10:52:39 AM  
dewars-rocks[Total Fark]
No, only UtraFarkers get that kind of privilage.

Sssshhhhhh.

The first rule of UltraFark is that no-one is permitted to talk about UtlraFark - or mis-spell it.
 
2006-01-10 10:54:28 AM  
Boooo!!!

Booo, I say.

/liked the mouse story better.
 
2006-01-10 10:56:48 AM  
Next on Mythbusters: Can a mouse thrown into a pile of burning leaves live long enough to escape and set a house on fire?

=Smidge=
 
2006-01-10 10:58:29 AM  
I don't know where it is in my Torts text, but there is an actual case that dealt with a vending machine technician cleaning a machine with gasoline, which spilled onto a rat underneath the machine; the gasoline-doused rat ran out from under the machine to the hot-water tank, where it caught on fire, and then ran back for the cover of the vending machine, where it caught all of the gasoline on fire and caused an explosion that killed the repairman.
 
2006-01-10 11:00:05 AM  
hah, beleive it or not, this was on the second page of my newspaper today in Switzerland. Except i too read "Santa Fe" which if im not mistaken is located in New Mexico...

must be a slow newsweek in the world, yesterdays front page article was about some american female rockstar "pink", getting married...
 
2006-01-10 11:00:15 AM  
I've heard this story, in one form or another, for a looong time. The remote chance of it being true is what makes it an urban legend in the first place. Last act of vengeance, and etc.

Funny though how so many in the news media got involved in the piss on your own foot as a group activity thingee.
 
2006-01-10 11:05:15 AM  
bjorky:

I don't know where it is in my Torts text, but there is an actual case that dealt with a vending machine technician cleaning a machine with gasoline, which spilled onto a rat underneath the machine; the gasoline-doused rat ran out from under the machine to the hot-water tank, where it caught on fire, and then ran back for the cover of the vending machine, where it caught all of the gasoline on fire and caused an explosion that killed the repairman.

That's awesome. I remember torts being dull...
 
2006-01-10 11:12:43 AM  
Nelson "ha ha" GIF in 3... 2... 1...
 
2006-01-10 11:19:29 AM  


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"WHAT'S THAT?! HORSE?! FIENDISH!? I WON'T EAT IT!!!! AAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!"
 
2006-01-10 11:19:38 AM  
"I started laughing, and I'll be laughing from now on,"

Me too!
 
2006-01-10 11:32:03 AM  
No, it's true. It has to be. It's on the Internet. Besides, the brother of this guy I know was there -- he saw it too. It must be a government cover up.
 
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