Happy New Year

by Kieran Healy on January 1, 2008

All best wishes to our readers for 2008. And may you all get things off to a better start than these guys.

bq. CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — Getting a tattoo can be a painful proposition, but usually it’s just the needle you have to worry about. Two men trying to trace a loaded .357-caliber Magnum as a pattern for a tattoo accidentally shot themselves, the Otero County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. Robert Glasser and Joey Acosta, both 22, were treated at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after the shooting Thursday evening in nearby Chaparral. Authorities said Glasser was struck in the hand when the gun accidentally went off, and Acosta was hit in the left arm. Their injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.



thompsaj 01.01.08 at 7:20 am



Mrs Tilton 01.01.08 at 10:02 am

Sounded to me like they were trying for a Darwin Award and couldn’t even manage that. But Roger Ailes has nominated them for an award that they do richly deserve.


abb1 01.01.08 at 10:05 am

Nah, nice, but you can’t beat this one, the timeless classic:

Puppy shoots Florida man, deputies say
Dog put paw on gun’s trigger as owner tried to kill him

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver’s trigger.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.

…On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies — one in his arms and another in his left hand — when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff’s report said.

Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford’s home, said sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Roy.

The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.


MattF 01.01.08 at 2:13 pm

Both of those gentlemen were aware of the obvious fact that you can’t get the outline of a .357 right unless there’s a bullet in it.


roger 01.01.08 at 4:24 pm

Nietzsche said, what doesn’t kill you at a tattoo parlor makes you stronger. In the chapter in Zarathustra where the Big Z gets that screaming eagle tat on his back. So those dudes are well on their way to supermenschen status.


Jacob Christensen 01.01.08 at 5:12 pm

Another reason not to get a tattoo, I’d say.

2007 brought a story from Sweden about a hunter who was shot and wounded by a moose, by the way. Some would argue that the moose have now changed their tactics from random suicide attacks on cars to outright aggression. Maybe Norman Podhoretz will argue during 2008 that the US ought to bomb the moose as well as Iraq, Iran and whatever else comes in his way.


swampcracker 01.01.08 at 9:27 pm

What started as a tattoo ended in body piercing. All things considered, the gun got two for the price of one … a bargain in any book.


functional 01.03.08 at 7:05 pm

Anyone knows that one of the top three rules of gun safety is, “Make sure the gun is unloaded and put the safety on, before getting a tattoo of it.”

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