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(News On 6 Tulsa)   When a mortar shell has "THIS END UP" printed on one end, make sure that end is on top when placing it in the tube, lighting the fuse and holding it over your head   (newson6.com) divider line 124
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2014-07-10 03:26:38 AM  
"My wife saw him with his hands above his head and the embers falling, and she went to screaming at him, 'That's not a good idea!' I turned to her, and then I heard it go off,"

Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol.

That just about sums everything up.
 
2014-07-10 08:06:07 AM  
He did manage to climb onto the leader board for the Darwin Awards.
 
2014-07-10 08:35:49 AM  
When people say, "I wanna go out with a bang" they usually don't mean it literally.
 
2014-07-10 08:38:45 AM  
"Big ol' teddy bear," said Teddy Potts. "He was like a brother to me."

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2014-07-10 08:39:01 AM  
I'm guessing his last words were along the lines of "Hold my beer and watch this!"
 
2014-07-10 08:39:43 AM  
2xhelix: That just about sums everything up.

Let's not blame defenseless alcohol. Clearly, stupidity was the culprit here.
 
2014-07-10 08:40:49 AM  

2xhelix: "My wife saw him with his hands above his head and the embers falling, and she went to screaming at him, 'That's not a good idea!' I turned to her, and then I heard it go off,"

Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol.

That just about sums everything up.

Done in one
 
2014-07-10 08:41:34 AM  

Demetrius: He did manage to climb onto the leader board for the Darwin Awards.


This.

Fireworks are weapons that have been turned into performance art, but they still retain their essential weapon-ness and should be treated accordingly.
 
2014-07-10 08:42:47 AM  
Safety protocols are for boring people!
 
2014-07-10 08:42:59 AM  
Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.
 
2014-07-10 08:43:30 AM  
Was it one of those kinds that has a bunch of falling sparkles that linger after the BOOM?

I love those.
 
2014-07-10 08:44:23 AM  
I don't see any mention of kids in TFA, so candidate for Darwin Awards?
 
2014-07-10 08:45:17 AM  
So lemme get this straight...

He put a mortar shell in to the tube upside down, lit it, and held the tube over his head?

Well then.

Apparently you CAN fix stupid, it is just a permanent fix.
 
2014-07-10 08:45:46 AM  
Bang..
Ohhhhh...  ahhhhhh...
splat
thud
 
2014-07-10 08:46:22 AM  
Boom,  Headshot!
 
2014-07-10 08:46:45 AM  

H31N0US: Was it one of those kinds that has a bunch of falling sparkles that linger after the BOOM?

I love those.


"PAT, NO, THAT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA!" BANG! KA-BOOM!

"OH MY GOD! PAT! NOOOOO!" Pop! Sizzzle sizzzzzzle frizzzzzzzzle sizzzzzpop! "Ooooooooooh, aaaaaaaaaaaah. PAT!!!! SPEAK TO ME!!!!!"
 
2014-07-10 08:48:35 AM  

2xhelix: "My wife saw him with his hands above his head and the embers falling, and she went to screaming at him, 'That's not a good idea!' I turned to her, and then I heard it go off,"

Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol.

That just about sums everything up.


Apparently he burned for hours.
 
2014-07-10 08:49:24 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.


I think that's just because they've ruled out murder and suicide. Calling it "a tragic act of incredible stupidity" just doesn't roll off the tongue.
 
2014-07-10 08:50:23 AM  
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2014-07-10 08:50:44 AM  
What was going through his mind?
 
2014-07-10 08:51:20 AM  
Probably looked like that dry sponge scene in the green mile.
 
2014-07-10 08:52:23 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.


Came here to say this.  An accident implies a no fault freak event...not the buffoonery that went on here.  Tragic yes, accident, no.
 
2014-07-10 08:53:19 AM  
This is what grinds my gears about July 4th.  Any day of the year if I throw a lit cigarrette out my car window (which I don't do) I'd get pulled over, read the riot act, and given a big ticket.

But the entire 4th of July weekend every idiot in the state can light up thousands of plastic and cardboard fireworks that leave burning embers and all kinds of litter everywhere and it's no problem, even within the city limits (and at all hours of the night) - makes perfect sense.

/moved to E-cig so it's moot anymore but still seems completely hypocritical
//OK all the sand is out of my vagina now
 
2014-07-10 08:53:38 AM  
He's been punished enough.
 
2014-07-10 08:55:37 AM  
Okieboy: //OK all the sand is out of my vagina now

you go on and pick that vaginal sand up, boy. This is a clean, respectable place and we aim to keep it that way.
 
2014-07-10 08:56:00 AM  
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2014-07-10 08:56:07 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu


Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.


"Accident" implies there's no one to blame.

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2014-07-10 08:56:39 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.


Pretty sure if you don't intentionally do something, you accidentally did it.  Pretty sure he didn't intentionally kill himself and that he accidentally killed himself.  But maybe i'm wrong.  Accidentally wrong.
 
2014-07-10 08:57:47 AM  

alabasterblack: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Investigators said what happened was just a tragic accident.

Well that's a brand new usage for the word "accident" with which I was previously unfamiliar. I never would have thought to use "accident" to describe someone deliberately grabbing a shoddy, Chinese-made explosive device, printed with extensive safety warning labels, and holding it next to their cranium, but I guess one of the characteristics of language is that the definitions of words change over time, so I guess it's all good. Well, expect for the dude whose head exploded. Not so good for him.

Came here to say this.  An accident implies a no fault freak event...not the buffoonery that went on here.  Tragic yes, accident, no.



Hmmm. I think the Chinese-made explosive device - which they invented centuries ago - worked pretty damn well. Too well, perhaps. Nothing shoddy at all.

Chinese explosive 1 vs Human head 0.
 
2014-07-10 09:00:46 AM  
Famous last words.......


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2014-07-10 09:01:02 AM  
If this was a friend or relative of mine (even a dumb one) I would still ask the police to do a cursory investigation.  Since he's dead we can't ask him but what if his buddy is the one who shoot it off.

What if his buddy shot it off and blamed it on him?

Either way

/LAW ORDER
//Okie Edition
 
2014-07-10 09:01:55 AM  

dittybopper: Demetrius: He did manage to climb onto the leader board for the Darwin Awards.

This.

Fireworks are weapons that have been turned into performance art, but they still retain their essential weapon-ness and should be treated accordingly.


If my history serves me correctly, I believe fireworks were originally a performance art that were later turned into a weapon.

http://www.pyrouniverse.com/history.htm

While they are dangerous, classifying standard fireworks as a 'weapon' is a tad disingenuous.
 
2014-07-10 09:03:14 AM  
"Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol. However, detectives say this was a heartbreaking and preventable accident."
Normally alcohol shields us from harm.  I like to think that "however" isn't just misplaced or a poorly chosen word.  Or is my judgement impaired this morning...
 
2014-07-10 09:04:33 AM  
If only there were clear instructions printed on the device for the person to follow...

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2014-07-10 09:05:04 AM  
A friend of mine did something similar while we were in college. We bought a bunch of the big "mortar-type" fireworks and were shooting them out of a pipe we rigged up. He wasn't paying attention when he lit one and dropped it into the pipe upside down. We were only about 5-7 feet away when the pipe exploded in our faces. Fortunately, other than ringing ears, none of us were injured from it.
 
2014-07-10 09:06:47 AM  

gravy chugging cretin.: What was going through his mind?


Fireworks, apparently.
 
2014-07-10 09:08:48 AM  

gravy chugging cretin.: What was going through his mind?


Sparks and shrapnel.

Or did you mean before?
 
2014-07-10 09:09:26 AM  
"It's like a bad dream. I just wish I could ask him what he was thinking."

It was probably something along the lines of:

"GOSH!  IT HURTS!"
 
2014-07-10 09:10:21 AM  

Brick-House: If only there were clear instructions printed on the device for the person to follow...

[i476.photobucket.com image 418x390]


If you could indulge an olde-thymie Army guy, what's the green thingamajig on the left with the red button?  Is that a training aid, or did they replace the venerable "clacker" firing device?

www.fototime.com
/what a clacker may (have) look(ed) like.
 
2014-07-10 09:11:12 AM  

Mad Scientist: Boom,  Headshot!


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2014-07-10 09:12:01 AM  
There was supposed to be an Earth shattering ka-boom.
 
2014-07-10 09:12:34 AM  

2xhelix: "My wife saw him with his hands above his head and the embers falling, and she went to screaming at him, 'That's not a good idea!' I turned to her, and then I heard it go off,"

Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol.

That just about sums everything up.


Well, have you ever heard a good story that started out "we were sitting around completely sober one day and decided to..."?
 
2014-07-10 09:12:57 AM  
If it wasn't this it would have been something else. Stupid and death hang out a lot, they're good buddies.
 
2014-07-10 09:13:38 AM  
Every 4th somebody around here either maims themselves or kills themselves being drunk or stupid or both, and trying to launch mortar shells.
 
2014-07-10 09:15:59 AM  

2xhelix: "My wife saw him with his hands above his head and the embers falling, and she went to screaming at him, 'That's not a good idea!' I turned to her, and then I heard it go off,"

Teddy Potts admits he and Pat were drinking alcohol.

That just about sums everything up.


Demetrius: He did manage to climb onto the leader board for the Darwin Awards.


Done in two.  I'll just turn out the lights.
 
2014-07-10 09:17:03 AM  

bearcats1983: A friend of mine did something similar while we were in college. We bought a bunch of the big "mortar-type" fireworks and were shooting them out of a pipe we rigged up. He wasn't paying attention when he lit one and dropped it into the pipe upside down. We were only about 5-7 feet away when the pipe exploded in our faces. Fortunately, other than ringing ears, none of us were injured from it.


When I was a kid, some jerkoff tossed a can of wasp spray into a bonfire. Everyone scattered, I took shelter behing a tree. Waiting. No asplosion. Look around the tree. No asplosion. Step out from behind tree. Ba-boom!

I didn't get hurt or anything, but I was disappointed in my own sense of self-preservation. Really wish I'd been smart enough to either stay behind the stupid tree or keep running.
 
2014-07-10 09:21:20 AM  
My son dropped one of those mortars into the tube upside down... thankfully he's not stupid enough to hold it in his hands, so he was a good 25-30 feet away when it fired. Sure was loud though.
 
2014-07-10 09:24:16 AM  

gravy chugging cretin.: What was going through his mind?


A rocket
 
2014-07-10 09:25:53 AM  

fireclown: Brick-House: If only there were clear instructions printed on the device for the person to follow...

[i476.photobucket.com image 418x390]

If you could indulge an olde-thymie Army guy, what's the green thingamajig on the left with the red button?  Is that a training aid, or did they replace the venerable "clacker" firing device?

[www.fototime.com image 640x480]
/what a clacker may (have) look(ed) like.


Tell you what I do like though: a killer. A dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold-blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, he would have immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun.
 
2014-07-10 09:26:54 AM  
Light fuse and get away, explodes with loud report.
 
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