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2013-01-29 09:43:03 AM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

'Made it Ma! TOP O' THE WORLD!!!'
 
2013-01-29 11:07:32 AM  
Gas price jumped 6 cents overnight, too

/because f*ck you, that's why
 
gja
2013-01-29 11:28:42 AM  
Well, that blew up in his face
 
2013-01-29 11:33:53 AM  
What the hell, AP?

"when 1 of them"
"2 of the facility's"

Is it "bring your kid to work and have them work for you" day at the AP?
 
2013-01-29 11:37:17 AM  
Oh, Darwin! You so cray-cray!
 
2013-01-29 11:38:50 AM  
Dumb luck that I survived being 24.
 
2013-01-29 11:39:18 AM  
Darwin is like the casino - always wins in the end.
 
2013-01-29 11:42:26 AM  
Texas - Leading the way in gene pool cleansing, but boy are they behind.
 
2013-01-29 11:43:33 AM  
They don't go around telling you libs not to smoke at your oil storage facility, so just butt out.
 
2013-01-29 11:46:48 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: They don't go around telling you libs not to smoke at your oil storage facility, so just butt out.


Yes, but ours is canola oil.
 
2013-01-29 11:48:29 AM  
Smoking kills

/sometimes faster for some people
 
2013-01-29 11:48:35 AM  
"Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of the storage tanks when 1 of them exploded."

Reporter "The person or the tank?"

Allen "Both"
 
2013-01-29 11:49:54 AM  
The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.
 
2013-01-29 12:02:43 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.


Last i checked, kerosene is similar to oil in flammability

/still be cautious and don't tempt fate
 
2013-01-29 12:04:32 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.


Tough call: lose a few thousand dollars worth of kerosene, get a cleaner gene pool . . .
 
2013-01-29 12:06:20 PM  

J.Shelby: Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.

Tough call: lose a few thousand dollars worth of kerosene, get a cleaner gene pool . . .


"Damn near lost a four-hundred dollar hand cart."
 
2013-01-29 12:06:30 PM  

No Time To Explain: Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.

Last i checked, kerosene is similar to oil in flammability

/still be cautious and don't tempt fate


Unless its boiling on the stove or squirted and compressed in a cylinder, a lit match will go out if dropped into a bucket of kerosene.
 
2013-01-29 12:09:20 PM  

Enema Man: J.Shelby: Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.

Tough call: lose a few thousand dollars worth of kerosene, get a cleaner gene pool . . .

"Damn near lost a four-hundred dollar hand cart."


Dang, that was lucky.
 
2013-01-29 12:09:42 PM  

labrat8420: No Time To Explain: Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.

Last i checked, kerosene is similar to oil in flammability

/still be cautious and don't tempt fate

Unless its boiling on the stove or squirted and compressed in a cylinder, a lit match will go out if dropped into a bucket of kerosene.


True. Only the vapors will ignite in that fashion, but they have to be in a large enough quantity - such as inside a large storage tank, for instance...
 
2013-01-29 12:10:04 PM  
Back in high school there were two kids who were smoking on top of a natural gas storage tank...

Yeah, it pretty much ended how you would expected it. The rumor is they used their lighter as a light source to look down into the tank (I think a third person was with them and survived or something, I can't remember it has been too long).

I saw one of those explode one time. It was a giant fireball that erupted out of the trees about a half mile away. No sound or anything that I remember though.
 
2013-01-29 12:27:09 PM  
"Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of a storage tank when 1 of them exploded." The smoker exploded? And he's still alive?

Also...

cache.gawker.com
 
2013-01-29 12:34:22 PM  
It's not really Darwin in action if neither of them was removed from the gene pool.
 
2013-01-29 12:43:09 PM  
It happens. People just explode.
 
2013-01-29 12:44:28 PM  
Yeah, saw this story on the news (TV) today.

I thought the "smoking" explanation sounded like bullshiat. Nobody climbs to the top of an oil storage tank to smoke at 3 am. They might climb up there to fark around with the tank itself, like maybe to steal something. But to smoke? Right.

Although, I guess they did end up smoking. Eventually.
 
2013-01-29 12:54:12 PM  
Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of a storage tank when 1 of them exploded.

Like the penguin on top of the television set!
 
2013-01-29 12:57:10 PM  

buckler: Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of a storage tank when 1 of them exploded.

Like the penguin on top of the television set!


I was enroute to say that.
 
2013-01-29 01:03:27 PM  
I remember reading an actual Darwin Award given to some guys that trespass climbed to the top of a oil tank. They found a port of some sort and opened it in order to be able to see what was inside the tank. When they could not see well, they lit a match for some light...
 
2013-01-29 01:05:53 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Yeah, saw this story on the news (TV) today.

I thought the "smoking" explanation sounded like bullshiat. Nobody climbs to the top of an oil storage tank to smoke at 3 am. They might climb up there to fark around with the tank itself, like maybe to steal something. But to smoke? Right.

Although, I guess they did end up smoking. Eventually.



I don't know, the tank farms I've been around sometimes paint 20 foot tall "NO SMOKING!" signs right on the tanks, in addition to posting a sign by every ladder. I think some of the boys that work there are just that dumb.
 
2013-01-29 01:16:05 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.


I wouldn't say that it's a good idea, but kerosene is pretty tame compared to gasoline. Back when i used to juggle torches I tried all kinds of different fuels to figure out which was best for the job. Gasoline is about way brighter, more dangerous, and explosive than kerosene. I used kerosene.
 
2013-01-29 01:16:31 PM  

notyoucoach: It happens. People just explode.


It's just not very widely reported, right.

/great look, good drummer
 
2013-01-29 01:17:53 PM  

squirlnutz: It's not really Darwin in action if neither of them was removed from the gene pool.


Thank you
 
2013-01-29 01:21:12 PM  

labrat8420: No Time To Explain: Too Pretty For Prison: The local BP station has a smoking area on the side for the guys that work there. They stand within 5 feet of the kerosene pump. There's even an ashtray for them. I don't know much about kerosene or how explosive it is, but that has never struck me as a good idea.

Last i checked, kerosene is similar to oil in flammability

/still be cautious and don't tempt fate

Unless its boiling on the stove or squirted and compressed in a cylinder, a lit match will go out if dropped into a bucket of kerosene.


Well, not knowing that about kerosene, we used a couple of quarts in an attempt to firebomb the cockroaches infesting our pit latrine. We did manage to ignite the kerosene, but it didn't burn fast enough to kill the roaches. The fumes pretty much drove them out (nearly drove us out as well).
 
2013-01-29 01:24:40 PM  
"Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of a storage tank when 1 of them exploded."

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-29 01:26:12 PM  

Bermuda59: "Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of the storage tanks when 1 of them exploded."

Reporter "The person or the tank?"

Allen "Both"


Surgeon generals warning: smoking can cause you to spontaneously combust.
 
2013-01-29 01:36:59 PM  
I worked in a paint factory for a few years, where smoking was a no-questions-asked firin'. And these guys are the example of why it should be. They're lucky that they aren't dead along with a whole lot of other people.
 
2013-01-29 02:07:39 PM  
The BS detector is going off on this one.

Either the 'smoking' or 'oil storage' is wrong.

The flash point for diesel fuel is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Various grades of fuel oil have flash points between 100 and 250. Motor oil's in in excess of 400 degrees.

Another poster mentioned Kerosene - it is similar to diesel. On a hot day, both will give off enough gasses to ignite. On a cold day, not so much.

Gasoline has a flash point somewhere around -40 or -50. It will go boom if you look at it funny.

A couple of cigarettes didn't set off 'oil storage' tanks.
 
2013-01-29 02:14:45 PM  

DownDaRiver: squirlnutz: It's not really Darwin in action if neither of them was removed from the gene pool.

Thank you


Ehhhhh.....yessss...but.... If they lose their ability to have children and haven't had any yet, even if they don't die, they are still eleigible for a DW. Just wanted to make that clear.

Perhaps they burned their balls off.
 
2013-01-29 02:21:29 PM  
i410.photobucket.com

/oblig
 
2013-01-29 02:22:43 PM  
Pfft.
Been done before:
http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2007-06.html
 
2013-01-29 02:46:21 PM  

FarkinHostile: DownDaRiver: squirlnutz: It's not really Darwin in action if neither of them was removed from the gene pool.

Thank you

Ehhhhh.....yessss...but.... If they lose their ability to have children and haven't had any yet, even if they don't die, they are still eleigible for a DW. Just wanted to make that clear.

Perhaps they burned their balls off.


They are 22 and stupid.
Chances are they have bred already.
Only one sounds really bad, but seems like he'll live. Sperm can still be harnessed since they aren't dead yet.
 
2013-01-29 02:54:13 PM  
Miss Havisham?
 
2013-01-29 02:58:24 PM  

FarkinHostile: DownDaRiver: squirlnutz: It's not really Darwin in action if neither of them was removed from the gene pool.

Thank you

Ehhhhh.....yessss...but.... If they lose their ability to have children and haven't had any yet, even if they don't die, they are still eleigible for a DW. Just wanted to make that clear.

Perhaps they burned their balls off.


Or are so horribly disfigured that not even a paid hooker would give them a hand-job.
 
2013-01-29 03:03:49 PM  
i.ytimg.com

Bumpity bump?
 
2013-01-29 03:36:55 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Bumpity bump?


Hoped someone would post this.


/my life for you!
 
2013-01-29 05:26:44 PM  

Inhalien: Agent Smiths Laugh: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Bumpity bump?

Hoped someone would post this.


/my life for you!


M-O-O-N spells "boom"
 
2013-01-29 05:32:17 PM  

JustGetItRight: The BS detector is going off on this one.

Either the 'smoking' or 'oil storage' is wrong.

The flash point for diesel fuel is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Various grades of fuel oil have flash points between 100 and 250. Motor oil's in in excess of 400 degrees.

Another poster mentioned Kerosene - it is similar to diesel. On a hot day, both will give off enough gasses to ignite. On a cold day, not so much.

Gasoline has a flash point somewhere around -40 or -50. It will go boom if you look at it funny.

A couple of cigarettes didn't set off 'oil storage' tanks.



I'm guessing 'oil storage' tanks in this article are the equivalent of "assault rifle" or "glock" in a shooting article. Quite possible these were storing some other product that had vapors escaping and collecting for some reason. So far I haven't seen a description of what the actual product or even tank type it was. There's several different types for different products and volatility.

I could see this happening on a floating roof tank - leak around the edge, vapor collects, some doofus lights a cigarette and goes kaboom.
 
2013-01-29 05:54:41 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: JustGetItRight: The BS detector is going off on this one.

Either the 'smoking' or 'oil storage' is wrong.

The flash point for diesel fuel is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Various grades of fuel oil have flash points between 100 and 250. Motor oil's in in excess of 400 degrees.

Another poster mentioned Kerosene - it is similar to diesel. On a hot day, both will give off enough gasses to ignite. On a cold day, not so much.

Gasoline has a flash point somewhere around -40 or -50. It will go boom if you look at it funny.

A couple of cigarettes didn't set off 'oil storage' tanks.


I'm guessing 'oil storage' tanks in this article are the equivalent of "assault rifle" or "glock" in a shooting article. Quite possible these were storing some other product that had vapors escaping and collecting for some reason. So far I haven't seen a description of what the actual product or even tank type it was. There's several different types for different products and volatility.

I could see this happening on a floating roof tank - leak around the edge, vapor collects, some doofus lights a cigarette and goes kaboom.


I'm sure you're right. I just couldn't let it go for the same reason I can't let 'assault rifle' and 'glock' (perfect analogy, btw) go without comment. I don't think a tiny bit of accuracy is too much to ask.

/I don't recommend flicking your bic around anything used to store petroleum based products.
 
2013-01-29 06:14:04 PM  

MythDragon: Inhalien: Agent Smiths Laugh: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Bumpity bump?

Hoped someone would post this.


/my life for you!

M-O-O-N spells "boom"


Laws, yes!
 
nbt
2013-01-29 06:34:22 PM  
Here's a safety video about old oil tanks - and why you shouldn't smoke while sitting on one:


http://www.csb.gov/videoroom/detail.aspx?vid=43&F=0&CID=1&pg=1&F_All= y

They just become a place to hang out.
 
2013-01-30 12:50:24 AM  
The other day I walked past a guy in a parking lot drinking a Coke beside his car. For some reason he reached down and removed his car's gas cap with a lit cigarette in his hand. I ran away as fast as I could. There was no explosion, but that was one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.
 
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