Here on the Back Page we are aware that there are probably some of you who enjoy fishing, though we cannot see a great deal of difference between ‘going fishing’ and ‘sitting by a canal looking vacantly into the distance’. Still, whatever floats your boat.
But it is, like many other things, a pastime not without its hazards. Indeed, only two months ago the Smolensk regional disaster response service in Russia was called to a house explosion in the village of Rakovka, where they found four men lying injured, three of them seriously hurt. A spokesperson for the emergency services revealed that the explosion happened when the four men were making an improvised explosive device for a fish hunt the next day. We understand that no fish were hurt in the making of this story.
ALCOHOL ON TAP
The Settecani brewery in Modena, Italy reported a technical fault in March. Somehow – and we are pointing no fingers – one of its wine silos was mistakenly connected to the mains water supply. The brewery also makes Lambrusco wine, which is, as we recall from the 1980s, lightly sparkling. Because of this characteristic, the wine displaced the water in the pipes and ran into the local water supply.
As a result, some residents in the Castelvetro area of the city woke up one day to find wine pouring out of their kitchen taps, rather than water. “Some villagers were delighted by the error and began bottling as much of the free wine as they could to enjoy later,” reports said – even Italians balk at drinking too early in the day, even if it is only Lambrusco.
The local council issued an apology and corrected the mistake, which caused more fuss as some residents then complained that they had fixed it too quickly.
SMOKING STILL KILLS
Thanks to our friends from the Darwin Awards for dredging this story out of the Bild archive. It takes us back to March 2018, in Halterm-am-See in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, when an elderly woman died of burns. The 71-year old, already a patient at the local hospital and confined to a wheelchair, was outside taking a smoke break when her oxygen ventilator caught fire. The cause of the fire is said to be ‘unknown’ but we have heard plenty of stories like this before involving oxygen and lit cigarettes.
In the end, it wasn’t the ventilator fire that did for her: the flames spread to the plastic cushioning of the wheelchair itself and, despite the best efforts of nurses to suffocate the flames and the rescue helicopter that whisked her away to a burns unit in nearby Bochum, the lady in question died of her injuries.
OUT WITH A BANG
Finally, another one from the archives: in May 2009 a man in Utah found a stash of dynamite in a barn on his ranch – it is not clear whether it was his or was related to the nearby booster rocket testing area. Whatever, he decided the best way to dispose of the ageing dynamite would be to take it out into a field and fire a shotgun at it.
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