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Wednesday, March 12, 2008


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(2 February 2008, Bulgaria) It was a cold but sunny February afternoon. Lidia, a biology teacher from Sofia, was driving home from a memorial service, accompanied by her husband and a friend. Suddenly, the vehicle stopped. Bystanders saw all three occupants dash from the car to a nearby manhole, and start pouring down liquids and powders from various bottles and jars.

Apparently, Lidia had been doing chemistry experiments in her free time, and had some noxious chemicals left over. It is still not entirely clear what the chemicals were, but two of the bottles had labels: diethyl ether and methanol, both highly flammable substances. The former is also used as a sedative, so one explanation for their actions is that they felt dizzy from the ether vapors, and thought it was a good idea to pour them in the sewer.

As it turns out, a good idea it definitely was not. The cocktail of flammable substances in the enclosed space of the sewer caused an explosion so powerful that it launched the manhole cover into the air, decapitating the (briefly) surprised Lidia. Left without a head on her shoulders, she decided it was time to kick the bucket.

The other two people were not left unharmed, but were alive. They were taken to the hospital with burns on their faces. After several hours in the operating room, it appeared unlikely that they will regain their eyesight, but hopefully are able to speak well enough to tell their children that tossing random chemicals down the drain is not as wise as it might at first appear.



At 6:10 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

Okay, James. This is the best line EVER: "Left without a head on her shoulders, she decided it was time to kick the bucket."


At 8:15 AM, Blogger lime said...

i rather like the 'briefly surprised' line myself.

biology teacher with chemicals...wrong dept. no?

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

LOL, Lime. My mother was a chemistry teacher. When James started up with the chemical dumping I could hear her in my head yelling, "no no no!!!"

You would think the Abruptly Beheaded, being a chemie herself, would have thought of that.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, it is a fine line, Kelly.

Definately the wrong department,Lime. :D

My wife is a chemist, so as soon as I saw the story, I knew I had to post it. :D

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

And another out of the gene pool. Yay!

At 5:52 PM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, Yay indeed. :D

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

I am literally laughing out loud at.... the (briefly) surprised. Left without a head on her shoulders, she decided it was time to kick the bucket.

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, things have been busy, one child is sick, my ten year old son has seven stitches across the bridge of his nose, and my best friends husband is in the hospital near death. I do promise you that I will get The Dance read soon but I haven't had time to even get online since Friday.

Hope you have a beautiful Thursday!

At 4:00 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, happy to put a smile on your face, especially with all of the sadness around you right now. No worries, you take care of your family and friends, The Dance will be there for you when all is right with your world again. :D

I hope you have a wonderful day.


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