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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-04 16:30
  Subject:   [Digg] Ka-Boom!! Darwin wins again!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeT8DDFcxqk




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0u-dgueN8k


So, do we all know the term "BLEVE"?

I really hope the kid in the first video didn't lose his sight, or end up with a horribly scarred face because of this. But assuming that he's OK, I can't help but laugh myself silly at it. I find this stuff endlessly amusing for the same reason I find Beavis & Butthead funny. Watching people doing intentionally stupid things when they obviously know better almost always results in hilarity. Someone suggested that for a followup, we should get this guy to "write his initials on a liquid oxygen cylinder with a blowtorch." Alas, searching on YouTube for "oxygen cylinder cutting torch" doesn't return any hits...
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Coinneach Fitzpatrick: Jayne
  User: scarybaldguy
  Date: 2006-12-04 23:50 (UTC)
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I need to make a bumper sticker for Jayne:

I WANT TO BLEVE
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MegaZone
  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-12-05 01:45 (UTC)
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Well, neither of these were really a BLEVE. They just punctured the containers near an ignition source. A BLEVE would be MUCH bigger. I love BLEVEs - from a distance.

I've had propane go up in my face before, so I bet the kid just has a flash burn and lost some hair, which sucks but is like a bad sunburn. Unless any liquid WD40 got on him and kept burning - but it looked like the fire on him went out fast.
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MegaZone
  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-12-05 01:59 (UTC)
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Oh, here are a couple of nice BLEVE vids:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvThP6zdfMw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucs5qrR5X0w
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-12-05 01:57 (UTC)
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I bet it's a flash burn. Shame it didn't ignite and rocket at his testicles.. that would get him a darwin merit badge.
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Alex Belits: iskra
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-12-05 06:45 (UTC)
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Someone suggested that for a followup, we should get this guy to "write his initials on a liquid oxygen cylinder with a blowtorch." Alas, searching on YouTube for "oxygen cylinder cutting torch" doesn't return any hits...

Sure, mankind is full of dumbasses. But it's the only one we have.
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Triggur
  User: triggur
  Date: 2006-12-05 15:21 (UTC)
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I cant begin to express my contempt for dumbasses that do that kind of thing, frankly. I did some dumb firebug things as a kid too, but I always stopped short of "Say, let's do something that could maim or kill!"
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McKavian
  User: mckavian
  Date: 2006-12-06 02:29 (UTC)
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The first vid is proving, once again, that stupidity is painful.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-12-06 07:59 (UTC)
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Alas, stupidity is only painful sometimes.

If only stupidity could somehow be painful absolutely every single time. If only...
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