Celebratory gunfire at Saudi wedding cuts cable, 23 electrocuted

By zzyzzx   Follow   Wed, 31 Oct 2012, 5:01am PDT   742 views   3 comments   Watch (1)   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  


Commentary at article site is pretty good too.

A photograph of the aftermath of the accident, published on local newspapers' websites showed a large courtyard strewn with fallen chairs and a pole in the middle supporting cables carrying lightbulbs. All those killed were from the same tribe, Khashman said. Thirty others were injured in the incident near Abqaiq, a center of the Saudi energy industry.

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curious2   befriend   ignore   Wed, 31 Oct 2012, 5:05am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

I've always wondered why people shoot guns into the air, and how many get injured or killed. It seems to be a Muslim thing, judgment distorted by too much testosterone, the casualties being the will of Allah.

You're right the commentary was good, including:

Darwin award

Allah 0 Tesla 23

Albert Einstein: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe."

Harlan Ellison: "The most common things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity."

elliemae   befriend   ignore   Wed, 31 Oct 2012, 2:47pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike (1)     Comment 2

I haven't even made it to the article. The sidebar headlines include:

headlines say

Did Mitt Romney suggest eliminating FEMA?

Why, yes - he did. About a year ago he suggested sending FEMA back to the states and/or the private sector. His campaign is trying to spin it differently, but the abstract has met reality. Fail.

headlines say

Should Romney's comments about defunding FEMA matter?

Only if he's being considered to run the country. Oops... guess they matter.

headlines say

Bush's FEMA Director criticizes Obama for response to Sandy being too speedy.

Really? I didn't check to see which FEMA Czar it was, but he's doing a heckuva job criticizing Obama. Karl Rove should be proud.

The article is awesome, too.

curious2   befriend   ignore   Wed, 31 Oct 2012, 3:38pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 3

Thanks Elliemae for the sidebars, now back to the OT: weddings that deserve Darwin Awards! ZZ's Saudi example follows one from Canada, also brought to us by Ellie:

Realtor bride drowns in wedding photo shoot near waterfall


Perhaps as a public service we at PatNet should draft a simple thank-you note that can be e-mailed on these joyous occasions. I feel especially thankful not to have been invited to the Saudi wedding, for example.

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