What were they thinking?

Every once in awhile I come across these gems of crazy things people do.  Sometimes I have to share because, well, I can’t make these things up!

Let’s Go for a Swim

This one is from earlier this summer, but it’s too good not to include it.

An English man vacationing in France got very excited about the Summer Olympics swimming competitions.  It’s not uncommon for people who are enthustiastic about a sport to participate.  Perhaps they have dreams of joining an Olympic team in the future.  Perhaps they just have fun doing the sport.  Perhaps they need assistance when they decide to swim from the south of France to the United States.

Spontaneously.  No planning.  No thought of the actual distance across the Atlantic Ocean.  I don’t care how good a swimmer he thought he was.  Did he really think he could swim 3,594.69 miles across the Atlantic Ocean?  He survived and was towed back to shore from a dingy.  How appropriate.

Let’s Go Feed the Tigers

That tiger sure was bigger than I thought!

A trip to the zoo is always fun.  You can look at the animals, watch them get fed, and ride a train that travels around the exhibits.  Or, you can do all of those things with the added adventure of jumping from the moving zoo train into the tiger exhibit where you can feed the tiger yourself.  No, wait, do not try that last one. (Update: It appears that Yahoo News has removed the story. 10/4/2013)

The Bronx Zoo zookeepers used fire extinguishers to get the tiger to leave his lunch the mauled man alone.  The man survived and was in stable condition when the news story was released.  What was he thinking (the report doesn’t say)?  The poor tiger is probably traumatized now.  I’m glad they didn’t have to hurt the tiger.

Let’s Take a Ride

A man was caught trying to sneak into Spain with help from two other men.  People have tried numerous things to smuggle themselves into other countries.  This one chose to ride as the passenger seat.  Yes, you read that right — as the passenger seat.

They took the seat apart until there was only the frame.  The man sat inside the frame with the upholstery as a disguise.  One of the smugglers sat on him as if he were a real carseat.  A border guard happened to touch skin instead of fabric when he put his hand on the seat.  No word on what the seatman’s thoughts were other than, “We would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids.”   He might have thought it.

The man should have saved the carseat disguise for Halloween instead of a border crossing.  I hope his seat buddy wasn’t too heavy. I’m sure there’s another joke in there somewhere…

What do you think about these crazy stunts?  Do you have any jokes to add?  Have you seen other crazy stuff and wondered, “What were they thinking?”  Do share.  🙂

9 comments on… “What were they thinking?”

  1. I heard about the tiger/train/leap guy, but not that other two. I think the answer is, they weren’t. At all. You can fix many things, but not stupid. I feel like I sort of recall a guy climbing into a polar bear cage some years ago? He didn’t make it. And there are legions of stories of stupid in and around Yellowstone Park (where I grew up). One classic is the guy who kicked the buffalo. He wanted it to stand up so he could get a better picture. Instead, he took flight.

  2. Hilarious! I hadn’t heard any of these stories. The humorous news I laugh at hardest are the stupid criminal stories, but these give ’em a run for their money.

  3. These sound like runners-up for the DARWIN Awards, set aside for those folks who have removed themselves from our gene pool. My favorite: Two guys who wanted to crash a rock concert drove through the chain link fence, not realizing a deep ravine awaited them. They wound up looking 30 feet straight down, their pickup caught in the branches of a large tree. One said to the other, “Hey, bud, I know how to get out of here. Step on the gas!” Good luck on the next ROW80.

    • Those DARWIN awards are something else, aren’t they? The runners up are a little easier to laugh at since they lived to tell the tale. 🙂 And thanks! This will be my first round of ROW80, and I’m looking forward to it. Good luck to you, too!

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