The headline I’ve been waiting to write: Cause of death is electrocution, but not by urine.

Thanks! Noted.

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9 responses to “Correction.”

  1. coozledad said on March 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    There’s some Gunther Grass novel where the protagonist is told you can cure a dose of clap by pissing directly into a light socket. You could also think of it as budget ECT.

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  2. Bob (not Greene) said on March 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm regrets the error.

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  3. paddyo' said on March 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Damned yellow journalism . . .

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  4. jcburns said on March 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    So the result of Kate’s ‘teachable moment’ is…?

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  5. brian stouder said on March 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    So the result of Kate’s ‘teach­able moment’ is…?

    I didn’t comment on this yesterday, but Grant (our 8th grader) read that story to me, as he howled with laughter. I think one lesson is – ask not for whom the bell tinkles, for it tinkles for thee. Or, alternatively, when whizzing near downed power lines, use both hands. Or, more seriously – if ever you knock over a power pole, or otherwise drive into a situation wherein power lines are down – stay in the car. The tires have you insulated from earth-ground, and if you get out, your body provides a path to earth ground.

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  6. bryan said on March 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I guess the reporter has never seen “Mythbusters.” They explored this legend (using electrified subway tracks instead) and found that one would have to pee the proverbial river for electricity to travel upstream to the body.

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  7. alex said on March 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    A postscript to my scathing review of the Acme Bar last night. This AM had to leave work with the worst case of nausea in years. Spent the rest of the day writhing with a fever, running to the bathroom and unable to keep even water down. Woke up a while ago and I’m sitting here sipping 7Up.

    Funny you link to the Sun-Times to debunk the pee story. I remember well a Sun-Times front-page glibfest in the late summer or fall of 1993 where the family of a drunk who pissed from an el platform onto the third rail was awarded $4 million. This was no urban legend.

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  8. brian stouder said on March 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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  9. Ricardo said on March 6, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I think that ‘urinating on the third rail’ is rare, if not an urban myth.

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