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(Chattanoogan)   Father and son barely fail Darwin Award certification after working on car engine during an electrical storm while standing in a large pool of water   (chattanoogan.com) divider line 80
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2007-05-14 11:50:07 AM  
i34.photobucket.com

/Obligatory
 
2007-05-14 11:55:31 AM  
i think subby has working on a car confused with playing golf.
 
2007-05-14 11:57:11 AM  
I think doublesecretprobation needs to RTFA:

Sydney Ellison and his 18-year-old son were in their garage working on a vehicle and passing a wrench when the lightning hit during a severe thunderstorm.
 
2007-05-14 12:00:52 PM  
Ahh, but they were in the garage. Tough call.
 
2007-05-14 12:04:42 PM  
What does #1 have to do with #2 & #3?
 
2007-05-14 12:06:24 PM  
um, i RTFA and i still don't understand what's so dangerous about working on a car, in a garage, during a thunderstorm. what, holding a wrench? OMG! how does falling victim to a freak accident qualify one for a "darwin award"?
 
2007-05-14 12:11:55 PM  
Witnesses said they were stunned and shaken by the direct hit.

Somehow I think it was not a direct hit. Direct hits do not leave people "stunned and shaken".
 
2007-05-14 12:21:51 PM  
The wrench doesn't add much to this equation. Standing in water certainly does. A friend of my family was in the group of people that were almost killed at the Masters a few years back when it was in Minnesota. Lighning hit a near by tree and knocked everyone to the ground. It stopped his heart and he need the paddles O' Life.
 
2007-05-14 12:35:47 PM  
This reminds me of scary moment I had once while wade fishing in West Galveston Bay. I was about 3/4 of a mile out into the bay in hip-deep water when a lightning storm snuck up on me. My main concern was the 7' graphite fishing rod I was holding. It was a pain struggling back to the car dragging a do-net full of fish and a bait bucket while hold my fishing rod under the water. Of course, watching lightning strike the island and the bay and the definite smell of ozone in the air as the storm blew towards me was pretty good motivation to haul arse. I made it back to the car just as it hit.


/Salt Water Fishing is best in a nice low-wind summer rain.
//When there's lightning...not so much.
 
2007-05-14 12:42:17 PM  
The rules say that you're ineligible if you've already spawned, but the son would have gotten it too. I wonder if that's an honorary?
 
2007-05-14 01:02:17 PM  
b2theory

That drill's probably double-insulated. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2007-05-14 01:24:23 PM  
"...during an electrical storm while standing in a large pool of water."

"What could possibly go wrong?"


This could lead to John Goodman becoming King of England.
 
2007-05-14 02:19:39 PM  
Bandman614: The rules say that you're ineligible if you've already spawned, but the son would have gotten it too. I wonder if that's an honorary?

The son would get the award. For the father...nothing.
 
2007-05-14 02:50:42 PM  
This thread is useless without the smell of burning hair and coveralls.
 
2007-05-14 03:00:52 PM  
"missed'm by this much" - Darwin says

/or was that Maxwell Smart
 
2007-05-14 03:01:44 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus For the father...nothing.

Nice :-)
/what's in the box?
 
2007-05-14 03:02:53 PM  
Boritom

This thread is useless without the smell of burning hair and coveralls.

ftr, a GIS for coveralls yields hilarious results.

coverallstore.com

"Does it smell like teh ghey in here, or is it just me?"
 
2007-05-14 03:04:50 PM  
b2theory: killed at the Masters a few years back when it was in Minnesota

I gonna have to call BS on this as the Masters is always in Augusta, GA.

/May have been the US Open though.
//First rule of golf hold up a 1 Iron during a lightening storm.
 
2007-05-14 03:05:27 PM  
Git R Done!
 
2007-05-14 03:05:38 PM  
doublesecretprobation
um, i RTFA and i still don't understand what's so dangerous about working on a car, in a garage, during a thunderstorm. what, holding a wrench? OMG! how does falling victim to a freak accident qualify one for a "darwin award"?

Maybe subby thinks everyone should immediately run and hide in the basement whenever it rains.
 
2007-05-14 03:05:52 PM  
justin-case: or was that Maxwell Smart

Ja
 
2007-05-14 03:06:41 PM  
The irony is that reading that article was very similar to a bunch of quick lightning strikes.
 
2007-05-14 03:06:48 PM  
"...at the Masters a few years back when it was in Minnesota"

I think you mean the US Open, right? The Masters has always, and probably will always, be played at Augusta.
 
2007-05-14 03:07:20 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus [TotalFark]

The son would get the award. For the father...nothing.

i105.photobucket.com

(Sandworms 7th August!)
 
2007-05-14 03:07:23 PM  
TwoBitFratWhore, Most of the carpenters/framers/builders that I know have mangled fingers and are not long in the manicure department. They also have much bigger arms.
 
2007-05-14 03:07:52 PM  
Dammit, TomSlick! Beat me to it!
 
2007-05-14 03:07:56 PM  
um, i RTFA and i still don't understand what's so dangerous about working on a car, in a garage, during a thunderstorm. what, holding a wrench? OMG! how does falling victim to a freak accident qualify one for a "darwin award"?


correct. not DA stuff.
 
2007-05-14 03:08:45 PM  
Odd Bird you beat me.
 
2007-05-14 03:10:26 PM  
I'm sorry, I can't get around the horrible grammar in the article in order to appreciate the almost-horrific-yet-ironically-appropriate event.
 
2007-05-14 03:11:23 PM  
Local news showed the "garage". I'm thinking the Dukes of Hazzard had better housing for the General Lee than these guys did. If you are thinking of a nice closed-in structure, you are thinking of the wrong part of the country.

"Big boom come through and then a big juice come behind it," is how Junior describes it to Channel 3 Eyewitness News.

"It knocks you, it just knocks you," is dad's assessment.

It cracked the garage concrete and knocked Junior unconscious. Both somehow survived and only spent a night in the hospital, though Sidney does say he's going to start going to church.

/I wonder how fast the people in the pews will scatter if Sidney says he feels the power?
 
2007-05-14 03:14:11 PM  
Odd Bird /what's in the box?

pain.



Yes I made a Dune reference in a Darwin thread, just glad someone got it.

img443.imageshack.us


/what is this Sandworms of which you speck?
 
2007-05-14 03:14:24 PM  
Anyone submitting an article with Darwin in the headline should be banned for life. It's just really that stupid and old. Particularly when these people could not have possibly predicted that they would be struck by lightning. Even more particularly when the headline specifically implies that one of them has already spread his seed.
 
2007-05-14 03:15:15 PM  
A thunderstorm rolled in as I was charging my motorcycle battery outside this past weekend. You better believe I unhooked the works & covered up the bike before it got really skerry.

In a garage? Who expects lightning to strike when you're inside?
 
2007-05-14 03:17:41 PM  
klatubaradanikto:
headline specifically implies that one of them has already spread his seed.


RTA. There was no mention of landscaping.
 
2007-05-14 03:20:44 PM  
Not really Darwin-class dumbness on display here. 'Sad' tag sitting weepily in corner.
 
2007-05-14 03:23:06 PM  
"As me an' Junior was a fixin' tha motor, we herd this crack and mah chest started ta hurtin'. Junior was walkin' all crookid-like and I swear, Ma...I swear ah herd me some banjos playin' in tha mist."
 
2007-05-14 03:24:17 PM  
Meh. Not a Darwin candidate, they were in the garage.

I've worked on cars in many less than ideal conditions, for instance, changing an alternator in a thunderstorm, outside. Had to do it, the car was stranded and time was tight.

/well, maybe not had to, but it was pretty important
 
2007-05-14 03:26:44 PM  
i20.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-14 03:27:40 PM  
I see everyone got the same email with the Darwin candidates Power Punt attachment.
 
2007-05-14 03:28:12 PM  
farm1.static.flickr.com

As a species, it seems we aren't following the plan. The ones who are stupid, or slow, should get weeded out by death. Instead, it seems the stupid ones have managed to gain the advantage. So, what do we have here, reverse evolution?
 
2007-05-14 03:29:07 PM  
If lightning hits the water....I do not think it matters if you are carrying the graphite rod in or out of water you are gonna get bit.
 
2007-05-14 03:29:25 PM  
bushu_suru,

That cinder block would never stop that truck from rolling backwards. A couple bricks would do the job.
 
2007-05-14 03:29:50 PM  
sometimes you NEED to get some work finished on a vehicle no matter what the meteorological conditions.

once my father and I had to swap out the universal joints and drive shaft of a 78 lincoln towncar (read: heavy, awkward, cumbersome chunk of steel) in 2 feet of snow and driving wind. the rear joint had seized up and threatened to tear the transmission or rear axle off their respective mounts each time you turned right (fortunately we had a spare parts car in the back yard). it's hard enough to line up nuts and bolts with one hand while suspending a large piece of metal with the other but add numb frozen fingers into the equation and it's damn near impossible. the car needed to be back in working order ASAP so we didn't really have a choice. I'm sure this father and son team didn't have one either.
 
2007-05-14 03:33:44 PM  
I got semi struck by lightning once.

I was riding my bike through a light snowstorm in Denton. There was about 1 inch of snow on the ground. Lightning struck somewhere, and I felt it come up through my legs and across my arms.

The shock knocked me off my bike and left me a bit dazed but that was it.

/bonus: I was heading to the video store at 10:30 at night to rent p0rn...
 
2007-05-14 03:34:41 PM  
The Stealth Hippopotamus [TotalFark]
what is this Sandworms of which you speck?

Sandworms of Dune is the second half of "Dune 7," the sequel to Chapterhouse.


Twenty years... twenty farking years I've been waiting for this book! If I'd had a son the day I finished Chapterhouse, he'd be drinking by now!

[/threadjack]
 
2007-05-14 03:35:56 PM  
Too bad water isn't itself conductive. Depends on what's dissolved in the water to make it conductive. For example: salt water.
 
2007-05-14 03:36:04 PM  
dynamicdog: As a species, it seems we aren't following the plan. The ones who are stupid, or slow, should get weeded out by death. Instead, it seems the stupid ones have managed to gain the advantage. So, what do we have here, reverse evolution?

No, evolution was never meant to provide more than the bare minimum. If you are stupid but can somehow survive, it stops working. So you either have to be well-adapted or lucky.
 
2007-05-14 03:36:22 PM  
I wish my (ex) mechanic would get hit by lightening. The crook pulled the Holley double pumpers (the kind with the glass bowls) out of my 66 bird and replaced em with a Holley 300, "To save you gas". When I asked him to put the original back he said he'd already sold it. I made him go online and buy me another set of double pumpers.
 
2007-05-14 03:36:57 PM  
*Lightning (sp)
 
2007-05-14 03:38:42 PM  
No they were in the car hole, stop being so fancy
 
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