m80 firecracker

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A 17-yr-old boy in Latrobe, Pa., made the questionable decision, once he realized he couldn't extinguish that M-80 firecracker, of putting it between his legs to muffle the explosion (and now, of course, he's not all there). [Ed.: So far, though, it doesn't turn up under a SCROT* search, or SCROT?.] Associated Press via Fox News
     Posted By: Chuck - Thu Jan 29, 2009

Matt beat me to the Darwin Award comment
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/29/09 at 10:56 AM
Please, please, please let this kid be a Darwin Award winner!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/29/09 at 11:01 AM
what the f* were you thinking kid

I honestly have no recollection in my entire life of any act as stupid as this one...
Posted by mrjazz on 01/29/09 at 11:10 AM
They'll probably sue the firecracker company for not having a "do not allow to explode near your junk" warning
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/29/09 at 11:14 AM
Let's not forget those fine folks that made the gun powder! And how bout the dude that drove the truck that delivered it!?!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/29/09 at 11:16 AM
Ok, now I know that teenage boys are stupid, but this is way over the top.
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 01/29/09 at 11:18 AM
Amazing! Throughout the video DM lead us to the word was dynamite but just as sweetthing was wrapping up she didn't know what it was that blew up.

Ah.. does our boy get to keep the signing bonus from the military?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/29/09 at 12:08 PM
From the look of his parents it seems that the military would have been his salvation. It's a shame he didn't hold out long enough.
Posted by AGFH on 01/29/09 at 12:19 PM
Ok, the dad looks like the type to eat his own dog. The mom looks like the type to work the streets in Chattanooga. The kid is the type that the Army tends to attract, stupid. Too bad for him, he could have had a long successful carreer in the military.

Expat - I don't know how signing bonuses work these days but 20 years ago when I went in you didn't get the bonus until your time was over.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 12:20 PM
Maxx, when I went into the bonus was that you had a better than 50/50 chance of NOT going to Viet Nam.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/29/09 at 01:04 PM
When I went in you didn't automatically get a bonus. I went in as a 62Bravo - Heavy Equipment Mechanic. I was attached to a combat engineer company (the only white guy in maintenance - yes they called me the white shadow). Alot of the operator's were promised a $2,000 signing bonus so it attracted alot of poor blacks from the projects who were looking for some quick cash. They were all pissed that they wouldn't get it until they got out. The recruiters never tell you that kind of stuff.

So Expat, did you get your bonus?
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 01:08 PM
Maxx: A friends son recently enlisted and he got his bonus as soon as he completed boot camp.
Posted by AGFH on 01/29/09 at 01:11 PM
AGFH - Like I said, I went in 20 years ago. Back then they didn't have a shortage of enlistees so there was no signing bonus for enlisting. They did have a shortage for certain jobs, so those jobs had signing bonuses. It's good that they give it to them after Basic training now.(Army = Basic Training, Marines = Boot Camp).
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 01:15 PM
What is the Air Force training called? That's what he upped into.
(I live 1/2 mile from CentCom, I should know this)
Posted by AGFH on 01/29/09 at 01:44 PM
Well, being an ex army dog, I am not sure what they call it, but we referred to it as Fag Training. Yeah, I know, real mature.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 01:50 PM
Somehow I doubt I will be running down to the market to ask them if that's what they call it. I call the market the safest place in town at lunchtime. It's overrun with Air Force people.
Posted by AGFH on 01/29/09 at 02:04 PM
AGFH - But they don't know how to fire a gun or fight. Sorry, that's just the old Army dog in me barking!!

Doing a quick google search, it looks as thought they refer to it as Basic Training also.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 02:11 PM
They may not be able to shoot, but trust me, they can fly a plane! I am directly under their landing path. Every type of plane the Air Force has goes directly over my roof. Sometimes I think they are actually going to take the roof off! I love them all!!!
Posted by AGFH on 01/29/09 at 02:23 PM
Really, I would suggest to any kid going into the service to go either Air Force or Navy. Both have more than one up on the Army and Marines when it comes to technical jobs that can be used in the civilian world.

I do love going to the Belle Chase Air Force base here in New Orleans and watching the air shows.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/29/09 at 02:27 PM
One of my best friends was in the Air Force (so was my bro, but that's another story), and he says it was totally cushy, even Basic Training. If I were gonna pick a branch, I'd pick the AF, cause I'm lazy. But God bless all of them for doing what they're doing.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 01/29/09 at 03:32 PM
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