Monday, October 20, 2008

Heads or Tails



This week's Heads or Tails prompt is "wire." I tried to find a funny joke about wires, or a cool picture, but my patience grew thin. You're not getting the story about a woman who stepped in a puddle that had a live electrical wire and later required surgery because that's sad, and you're also not going to get the story of the brown bear who electrocuted himself by chewing on wires from an electric box because it was pretty disgusting. Here's what you're getting instead.

Claim: A girl required surgery after swallowing a wire that had come loose from a barbecue grill cleaning brush that was cooked into a hamburger.Status: True

As Paul Harvey would say, here's the rest of the story. (link)


The reason I chose this particular urban legend, that turns out basically to be true, is because it happened "down the street" from me in Galveston. I guess in a way, this heads or tails serves as a public announcement message to all of us! Do you trust the person cleaning your grill?
All links take you to snopes.com
(I've been tempted to remove this post all day. This is what you get when I write a post while I'm half asleep. This, plus four edits!)

19 comments:

smarmoofus said...

Fun! I love the randomness of the cases Snopes investigates. Great take on this week's prompt!

-smarmoofus

anthonynorth said...

Barbecues can be dangerous in more ways than one, then. Infact, it's in the name - 'barb', as in wire.

Simone said...

Poor bear.

Dangerous stuff

Melanie said...

Ouch, that would hurt.
Poor thing, how scary to swallow wire.

Aniqueanik said...

ooh poor girl, thanks for sharing those...nice entry. my first entry is up hope you've got time and also pls answer my poll.thanks

Greyscale Territory said...

That's an amazing and scary story! Even more so when it's true! Great reminder that barbecues require a few safety precautions! And not just from the fire!

Hootin' Anni said...

Paul Harvey...and these stories you linked...the BBQ wire and hamburger, bet that gave the burger a metallic taste now, didn't it? Sorry, I had to write that. LOL

And I love Anthony's comment.

My HoT is shared, tho odd, hope you come over and visit.

Kim said...

That is scary! Oh wow... *eyes cheeseburger with fear* :) Thanks for sharing this Tuesday! When you get a chance, take a look at my HoT.

Suzie said...

EEEKK what awful stories. Im glad Im not grilling tonight

Sue said...

Snopes is one of my fave sites. It comes in handy with my hobby that involves urban legends :) Great post!

My entry for HOT is here

Stop by if you have a moment :)

Skittles said...

I got distracted looked at the Slideshow of your wonderful family.

Now.. what was I going to say...?

Oh!

How awful for that girl. I'm glad they figured out what happened.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

The things people manage to do to themselves I tell ya. Nice HoT.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

now a days you have to inspect everything that goes in your mouth, nothing is safe.

Karen said...

You can never be too careful.

storyteller said...

Oh my - I’m feeling saddest for the bear this afternoon …
Hugs and blessings,

ChrissyM said...

Your to much and that is ment in a good way. You always make me laugh.

tumblewords said...

Wow - interesting stuff! No doubt about it - these are wires!

Vic Grace said...

Gosh, there is more and more junk going in our food isn't there.

Jean at Penny Lane said...

Thanks for the warning. I never thought of that!

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