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On your list of things to never, ever do, add this one: Using a lighter to check if your fuel tank is empty.
A 44-year-old man from Fort Worth stuck a lighter into the neck of his dump truck's fuel tank Sunday night to confirm that's why the engine died, authorities said.
Diesel fuel vapors in the tank ignited, causing a flash fire that burned his face and hands, Wichita Fire Department Lt. Stuart Bevis said. The incident happened on the Kansas Turnpike in south Wichita shortly after 9:30 p.m, he said.
The man walked to a convenience store at 2750 S. Oliver to report his injury and was transported to the burn unit of Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus.
He is in good condition today, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Around the 1st of April we received orders to go to Hampton Roads Va. and take a week’s damage control and firefighting training at the Navy base there. We were loading on stores before the trip and I was up on deck recording stuff as they were brought on. ____ had just re-upped in order to get his 3rd class bosun stripe but hadn’t been promoted yet. That didn’t stop him, he was up there bossing people around and generally not doing anything but get in the way. Then the executive officer came on deck and ____ decided to show how hard he was working. So, he grabbed a bale of line about three feet across and started carrying it over to the hatch that went to the bosun’s hole. Well a hatch is about 4.5X10 and weighs several hundred pounds. It takes four or five men to lift it. In the middle of the hatch is a smaller round one called a scuttle and its about three feet across. ____ decided instead of getting the men to open the hatch, that he would stuff the line through the scuttle. Well it got stuck half way through and wouldn’t budge. No one is sure what went through his mind but the next thing we knew he was jumping up and down on that bale of line to make it go through. It worked and he went in after. It was right out of a Road Runner cartoon but the results weren’t pretty. He hit his chin on the edge of the scuttle as he went through then bounced it down the rungs of the ladder as he fell. It broke his jaw which had to be wired back together and it took sixteen stitches to repair his chin. He never lived that down. It of course went into his medical record and his service record as well. As I understand it was the basis, on top of failing three bosun’s tests, of denying him any further promotions and he was eventually discharged without being offered the chance to re-up when his tour ended. To add insult on top of injury, he was ridiculed mercilessly about from then on.
Originally posted by grover
Sometimes ya just need some humor ya know.... with all the news lately a good belly laugh does the soul good and if I can provide it fine.
Originally posted by Solomons
There was one where a guy thought it would be cool to have a beer out in the garden while *floating* on his chair,so he tied numerous balloons to it,floated into the lower atmosphere and died of hypothermia.