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Posted on 02/29/2012 5:46:12 AM PST by mmanagerEdited on 02/29/2012 6:03:37 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after police say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.
Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.
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Life in this country has become an old “B” movie.
You beat me to it!!!
DARWIN AWARD VOTE = +1
You can't make this stuff up...
I guess his mother never told him that he should not smoke within an hour of drinking gasoline...
The mouthwash is for drinking, the gas is for huffing, dummy.
Hillbilly - gas in a glass by the sink - bump
At 43 it is possible that he has already had offspring and passed on his genetic material. Otherwise, yes, he’s a solid Darwin Award contender.
I don’t know,...he was 43, I’m guessing he may already have had kids.
Yep. Definitely has a jump on his competition.
Moonshine? I wouldn’t be surprised if this fella took a messy shot of shine, spilled some on his clothes and then lit one up.
I can’t imagine drinking gasoline from a jar. The smell would hit your nose and eyes before you even tipped it.
We usually don’t hear about it because moonshine is illegal. This guy probably lied to get medical attention.
Reminds me of another news story from a few years back about a couple of juvenile delinquents who were huffing gasoline and smoking at the same time. The depths of stupidity are infinite.
Who leaves a jar of gasoline sitting around. Probably moonshine in a jar is more believable. And if it was gasoline he would not have lit a cigarette.
The ‘friend’ made up the gasoline story.
It’s North Carolina.
Unless you were already plastered...
Human torch ping!
Having been a shade tree mechanic since I was about 14 years-old and, more than once, syphoned gasoline, I can state unequivocally, that it is impossible to “accidentally” swallow gasoline. Swallowing even a drop of gasoline is an experience one will not forget nor willingly repeat.
“Help Im Banning!”
It’s North Carolina.
43? He probably has great-grandchildren by now.
Flaming idiot ping!
What else do you soak dentures in? ;-)
North Cackalacky news. I’m just so proud of my home state at times.
Yeah, but do you drink the soup after the soak?
You kuntry folk are tuffer ‘n me!
Cripes!, what did this guy normally drink if he can't tell the difference between it and gasoline?
I'm thinking more along the lines of The Three Stooges.
Somehow I find it hard to believe he drank gasoline....
I know....call me a skeptic......
I bumbled in and said "No smoking while you're drinking! Ha! Ha! Ha.....ha....ha...."
"Well, yeah.", was the deadpan response. "Damn Yankee", was unstated. It was a good lesson, better to be thought a fool than open my mouth and loudly announce it. :-)
Who do you call in a case like this .... the ambulance or the fire department ?
New Surgeon General Warning Label: Smoking cigarettes after drinking gasoline may be hazardous to your health.
jes cleaning that carburetor and rinsing it off ya know...them jets n float pans r hard to get to...
See, smoking is dangerous
Had a private in my company in the Army in 1976 who was an inhalant abuser. If he could not afford drugs he would drink shoe dye or whatever.
He had been medical-boarded out of the Army twice. Each time he went to the nearest recruiter and enlisted for the infantry signing bonus which he promptly spent on drugs. After a few days in Basic Training, they would realize that he had serious brain damage, and it would take the Army 6 months or so to board him out again. All this time he spent Uncle Sam’s paycheck on drugs.
One day a guy came into my office yelling, “CAPTAIN, STUSSEY’S DRINKING REGULAR GASOLINE AND GOIN’ CRAZY”.
He indeed had been sipping leaded gasoline out of a Coke can. He had defecated and smeared feces all over his body and the walls of the barracks.
We put him in the Psych Ward. On the day he finally was discharged from the Army I had an ambulance ready to take him to the State Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
So I saved the taxpayers some money and put a stop to that re-enlistment do-loop.
That brings me back to my idea that we should have a Hospice for drug/alcohol addicts who don’t want rehab. Give ‘em a cot, some food, and all the drugs they want until they croak.
Today we force Grandma into a hospice where we pump her full of morphine until she’s gone. She paid into Medicare her whole life. Yet when some worthless druggie shows up with an overdose, we spend gobs of public money to save his life.
This state of affairs makes no sense.
I think you nailed it.
Not that last time, his mouth throat and whole face had to be on fire after lighting his last ciggie. I don't think he ASKED for anything.
You are supposed to exhale when you do this . . . and avoid clothing that might burn.
Unless you have a cosmic ray induced immunity to fire.
Build a man a fire and hes warm for a day; set a man on fire and hes warm for the rest of his life - Terry Pratchett
Either way it's a horrible way to go....
He wouldn’t have to lie to get medical attention. He’s going to get medical attention.
If he couldn’t talk at all and someone else gave the account, I’d consider murder as a possibility.
Small splashes of gasoline igniting probably wouldn’t kill him unless he inhaled the flames (quite possible.) Soaked clothes igniting - that would kill him.
Oh lordy, that's a thought! :-) At least you can pore it back in the truck though.
Your post makes a lot of sense to me.
I, too, see no reason in trying to rehabilitate idiots like that.
Hold my jar and watch this!
There are so many aspects to this story that just doesn't make sense. How many people have a jar of gasoline sitting next to the kitchen sink? If all he took was a gulp, and immediately spit it out, I don't see how you could get enough on your clothes to engulf you in flames. At least some of the gasoline he spit out had to end up in the sink or on the floor. I don't think all of the facts are in on this story yet.
How does one *accidentally* drink gasoline?
I call BS on this one.
I was going to ask you how the Army kept letting him back in, but I suspect that the answer would depress me.
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