Sometimes we think we are having a hard day, or going through a tough time until we hear someone else sharing their story,: Remember that saying ‘I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet!’  While cleaning up some paperwork in my office, I came across some notes, I just had to keep, share, enjoy the read.

Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned-out section of the forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire.  The deceased male was dressed in a full wet suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers, and a face mask.

A post-mortem test revealed that the man died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries.  Dental records provided a positive identification.  Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clothed diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire.

It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the man went diving off the coast, some 20 miles from the forest.  The firefighters, seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible, had called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets.  Water was dipped from the ocean and emptied at the site of the forest fire.

You guessed it.  One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next, he was doing the breaststroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air. 

Now that is pretty bad, but this next story is just too much to believe, or accept, but it’s a true story!

A man was working on his motorcycle on the patio, his wife nearby in the kitchen.  While racing the engine, the motorcycle accidentally slipped into gear.  The man, still holding onto the handlebars, was dragged along as it burst through the glass patio doors.

His wife, hearing the crash, ran into the room to find her husband cut and bleeding, the motorcycle, and the shattered patio door.  She called for an ambulance and, because the house sat on a fairly large hill, went down the several flights of stairs to meet the paramedics and escort them to her husband. 

While the attendants were loading her husband, the wife managed to right the motorcycle and push it outside.  She also quickly blotted up the spilled gasoline with some paper towels and tossed them into the toilet. 

After being treated and released, the man returned home, looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle.  He went into the bathroom and consoled himself with a cigarette while attending to his business.  About to stand, he flipped the butt between his legs.

The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming.  Finding him lying on the bathroom floor with his trousers blown away and burns on his buttocks, legs, and groin, she once again phoned for an ambulance.  The same paramedic crew was dispatched.  

As the paramedics carried the man down the stairs to the ambulance they asked the wife how he had come to burn himself… She told them.  They started laughing so hard, one slipped, the stretcher dumping the husband out.  He fell down the remaining stairs, breaking his arm. True story!

Here’s another one:

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdes oil spill in Alaska was $80,000.  At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.  A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.  Now that’s one expensive meal for the Whale!

I’m not sure about this next one, but I could see how it would happen.

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places.  Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his walkman. 

So whatever you think you are dealing with, spare a thought for the people mentioned in these stories.  Oh, and if you are having a laugh, shame on you!  Actually if this has helped you feel a little more cheerful about your own situation, that’s good.

x Annie