30 June 2008

Decapitation is Not Funny

Saturday, in between the wedding and the reception, 'Boston' and I were reading Fark.com and there was an article about the Six Flags in Georgia, where a seventeen year old boy (on a church youth group trip) climbed a warning fence into a restricted area so he could jump up and grab the dangling feet of riders on the Batman ride.


As can be expected – these shenanigans did not end well. The kid no longer has a head.

While it is true that decapitation is not funny (see title of blog for verification), the comments on Fark were hilarious. And the situation in general is so ridiculous that risking eternal damnation and bad karma is almost worth it in order to find the giggle factor in this tragedy. I mean, really, if someone is dumb enough to ignore warning signs and attempt to grab something moving 70 mph, should we be too surprised that he ends up dead before his 18th birthday? I am surprised he lived as long as he did with the intelligence of a baseball bat.

To paraphrase the Six Flags ad, "No Head! One Flag! One Head, Six Flags!"

*UPDATE* - courtesy of the Associated Press

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — [Victim] died when he was hit by the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday. The teen had climbed over two fences to enter a restricted area. The park closed the ride over the weekend out of respect for the family. . . Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said an autopsy will be conducted Monday.

I am going to take a guess and say he died because his head was separated from his body. Not so sure the tax payers' money needs to be wasted on this one.

PERSONAL NOTE TO SOMEONE: I know you are still laughing at this – Welcome Home!

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