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Teen extinguishes dad with Coke
upi ^ | April 22, 2010

Posted on 04/23/2010 7:48:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono

MULLION, England, - A British 15-year-old is being credited with saving his father's life by using a bottle of Coke to extinguish flames that engulfed him.

Andrew Wythe, 52, of Mullion, England, said he was pouring gasoline on a garden bonfire Sunday when the flames grew to engulf the front of his body, The Sun reported Thursday.

He said he ran toward his son, Nicholas, 15, for help and the teenager grabbed a two liter bottle of Coca-Cola, shook it up and sprayed the contents on his father.

"The fire went out straight away," Wythe said. "He's a very level-headed boy. Without Nicholas it would have been a lot worse, without a doubt. I was lucky really."

Wythe said he suffered burns to his neck, chest and ears and will require skin grafts.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: coke; jpb

1 posted on 04/23/2010 7:48:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

“said he was pouring gasoline on a garden bonfire”

My guess is HE wasn’t drinking Coke.


2 posted on 04/23/2010 7:50:45 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: JoeProBono

I guess the son represents the next evolutionary rung because the father should have been selected out a while back.


3 posted on 04/23/2010 7:52:20 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe Richard Pryor should have tried that . . . oh, different kind of coke . . . nevermind. :)


4 posted on 04/23/2010 7:52:28 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Have a Coke and a smile


5 posted on 04/23/2010 7:52:32 AM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: JoeProBono

Smart kid.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 7:54:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

When I was a teen, my sister’s bed in the basement bedroom caught fire (bad outlet next to blankets). I grabbed the dehumidifier bucket to put it out. Later I found out that you aren’t supposed to use water on electrical fires. It worked out anyway.


7 posted on 04/23/2010 7:54:15 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Sudetenland
Maybe Richard Pryor should have tried that . . . oh, different kind of coke . . . nevermind. :)

If I recall, Michael Jackson had some catching fire incident related to Pepsi.
8 posted on 04/23/2010 7:55:13 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: CrazyIvan

Pouring gasoline on a bonfire. My, what an unusual way to get burned.


9 posted on 04/23/2010 7:56:21 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("And the pony looked a little bored...")
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To: JoeProBono

“...was pouring gasoline on a garden bonfire...”

I’m tempted to make an argument here about wasting Coke. That stuff is getting expensive now, you know.


10 posted on 04/23/2010 7:56:34 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: JoeProBono

“I’d like to teach the world to singe...”


11 posted on 04/23/2010 7:56:40 AM PDT by mikrofon (Things go better with Coke)
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To: Dr. Sivana
If I recall, Michael Jackson had some catching fire incident related to Pepsi.

Yes. And Richard Pryor had some catching fire incident related to coke.

And has this fellow never heard "Stop, Drop, and Roll" before?

12 posted on 04/23/2010 7:57:38 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Barbecue Lighter is much safer...you don’t get as paranoid when you are playing with it as you do with gasoline.


13 posted on 04/23/2010 7:58:09 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

14 posted on 04/23/2010 8:00:42 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: CrazyIvan

Stuff happens. When I was about 13, my dad was refinishing some floors and gave me a large bag of sawdust and told me to ‘go out back and burn it.’ Put it in the 55 gallon drum we used for burning. Mixed in some newspapers, lit the newspapers. Nothing. Mixed in some MORE newspapers - just smoldered. Figuring that pouring on gasoline would be a bad thing, I went to the garage, got some more newspapers and a shovel. Mixed it all up, lit the newspapers. As expected, more smoldering, so I stirred up the sawdust with the shovel.

I was told later that the resultant mushroom cloud was most impressive.


15 posted on 04/23/2010 8:04:04 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: JoeProBono

Glad he didn’t use one of the many beer mugs that must have been sitting around.


16 posted on 04/23/2010 8:06:20 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: CrazyIvan

I guess he wasn’t DRINKING coke.


17 posted on 04/23/2010 8:08:56 AM PDT by Ingtar (Obama's favorite carol: Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me)
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To: Larry Lucido

18 posted on 04/23/2010 8:11:24 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Kid was a lot smarter than the dad.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 8:13:49 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: mikrofon

lol


20 posted on 04/23/2010 8:14:21 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: JoeProBono
Not bad!! All that foamy coke was foamy with CO2- the kid used an impromptu carbon dioxide fire extinguisher!
21 posted on 04/23/2010 8:16:26 AM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: JoeProBono

“Have a Coke and a smile.”


22 posted on 04/23/2010 8:20:14 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: shadeaud

Ha... like minds think alike... that commercial tag line still holds true today :-)


23 posted on 04/23/2010 8:20:58 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: JoeProBono
Long time ago at work some sawdust started on fire early in the morning. The boss spotted a cup of coffee nearby and threw it on the flames and was quite surprised when the flames flared up and got bigger.

Turns out the coffee was actually Jack Daniels and the employee drinking it got in a bit of trouble.

24 posted on 04/23/2010 8:22:43 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: JoeProBono; sit-rep; Squantos; Eaker; humblegunner; Allegra

This raised an important question. What would have happened if the kid had dissolved a Mentos in the coke before attempting to extinguish the fire?


25 posted on 04/23/2010 8:29:21 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido


26 posted on 04/23/2010 8:36:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

“Teen extinguishes dad with Coke”

My first impression was to read the headline assuming “extinguish” meant “put an end to” and believing I would be reading about the first-ever Coke homicide.


27 posted on 04/23/2010 8:37:26 AM PDT by DrC
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To: JoeProBono

side note today is the day “new coke” was introduced back in 85.


28 posted on 04/23/2010 8:39:33 AM PDT by badgerfan1976
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To: DrC

29 posted on 04/23/2010 8:39:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: CholeraJoe
Pouring gasoline on a bonfire.

And I thought that the "hold my beer and watch this" moments were confined to the United States.....

30 posted on 04/23/2010 8:53:45 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: mikrofon

LOL


31 posted on 04/23/2010 8:54:05 AM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: JoeProBono

Clearly I live a sheltered life.


32 posted on 04/23/2010 9:01:47 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Larry Lucido; humblegunner; Eaker; TheMom; thackney; Bacon Man; Hap; Xenalyte

Note to self: Always keep a 2-liter bottle of Coke handy at humblegunner’s place.


33 posted on 04/23/2010 9:05:22 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Sounds like it was one of the hey watch this moments.


34 posted on 04/23/2010 9:08:44 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Allegra

Will this work for a typical H.A.T. Gathering?

We normally only put explosives on bonfires, rarely something as tame as highly flammable liquids.

I recommend practice with the coke bottles to ensure sufficient fire extinguishing skills.


35 posted on 04/23/2010 9:27:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Sudetenland

“When that fire hit your ass, it will sober your ass up quick!”


36 posted on 04/23/2010 9:42:42 AM PDT by Raymann
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To: thackney; Eaker
I recommend practice with the coke bottles

We blow those up too.

Eaker is still mad from when I dumped out his Sprite to use the bottle as an H2O bomb.

37 posted on 04/23/2010 9:44:57 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Sudetenland

After Michael Jackson suffered his burns during the Pepsi commercial a few years after Pryor’s freebasing accident, they teamed together to do a commercial for the “Ignited Negro College Fund”.


38 posted on 04/23/2010 9:49:58 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: thackney; humblegunner; Eaker
Will this work for a typical H.A.T. Gathering?

I think the biggest danger is Eaker having to keep humblegunner from blowing up his Sprite bottles.

39 posted on 04/23/2010 9:55:39 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Mac from Cleveland
“Ignited Negro College Fund”.

Ok, THIS is funny!

40 posted on 04/23/2010 10:07:22 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Eaker

That’s an oldie, but still a goodie.......

Glad you enjoyed it too.


41 posted on 04/23/2010 10:12:25 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: humblegunner; thackney; Allegra; TheMom
Eaker is still mad from when I dumped out his Sprite to use the bottle as an H2O bomb.

You coulda dumped the Sprite into my damn sippee-cup!

42 posted on 04/23/2010 10:13:10 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: ArrogantBustard

My uncle died pouring gasoline on a brush fire. Yes, I guess it was a stupid thing to do. The fire traveled up the gas stream and hit the gas can and exploded all over him. He did stop, drop and roll, but the fire was too strong and he burned to death.


43 posted on 04/23/2010 10:13:30 AM PDT by sportutegrl (I don't know where I'ma gonna go when the volcano blow.)
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To: sportutegrl
"Stop, Drop and Roll" isn't a guarantee, but it's still usually the right thing to do.

As for your uncle ... I intend to honour his memory, and the memory of others like him, by NOT pouring flammable liquids on fires. It's tempting sometimes, like when it's cold and the grill is slow getting started, but it's still a bad idea.

The fire traveled up the gas stream and hit the gas can

Yep. That's the usual failure mode. Professional brush firefighters use a firecan to set backfires ... the fire can has a flame arrestor and uses heavy fuel to prevent explosions.

44 posted on 04/23/2010 11:07:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JoeProBono

Coke adds life.


45 posted on 04/23/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: tgusa
Amazing what combustibles will do if in small enough
particles and the right stochiometric ratio. I had a
grain mill dust explosion happen 20 miles from my place
once and thought it was a heavy charge at the quarry just
2 miles away.
46 posted on 04/23/2010 3:41:55 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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