Thursday, February 4, 2010

62-year-old sledder is not a rocket scientist

He is living proof that being older doesn't necessarily make a man wiser.

On Monday, a 62-year-old man from Independence Township, Michigan was hosting a sledding party. Apparently he wanted to be the star of the evening and impress his guests. So, he came up with a brilliant idea: he made a rocket-like device that would propel him down the hill.

The man took a car exhaust pipe and filled it with gasoline, match heads and gun powder. Then he strapped it to his back and asked a friend to light the fuse.

As you might expect, the device didn't quite do what the man intended. Instead of propelling him like a rocket down the hill, the device blew-up like a bomb.

Neighbors said that they heard a loud bang. Some of the neighbors said that the explosion even made their house shake. No one seemed terribly impressed with the man's invention, however.

The unnamed man did move quickly following the explosion-- in an ambulance straight to the hospital. He is (surprisingly) alive but has burns on nearly 20% of his body.

To add insult to stupidity, the not-a-rocket-scientist could face charges for possession of an explosive device.

(the picture here is his sled) [www_mlive_com] [www_myfoxdetroit_com]
via the Obscure Store and Reading Room

No comments: