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Monkey Business
2001 Personal Account

(2001, Saskatchewan) I have been a faithful reader for some time. When I heard the following story, I knew it had to be a contender.

Late one Friday afternoon a mechanic decided to let off some steam. His shop fixes farm equipment, so its doors roll way up to the roof to let the tractors and combines inside. He thought it would be fun to grab the door as it was going up, and see if he could go to the top. Like taking a ride at the fair, but it's free!

The door went almost to the top before the motor gave out from the excess weight, and the door jammed. Now the mechanic didn't want to drop from such a height onto the cement floor, and fortunately there was an alternative at hand. He reached out and grabbed the cab of a nearby tractor, with the idea of swinging into its cab and climbing down.

The tractor was running.

As he swung over it began to drive away. He lost his grip, landing on the 3 way hitch, a connection situated on the back of the tractor. This particular hitch was far enough from the ground that the poor mechanic's feet ended up dangling above the floor. Yes, he had landed in a manner that makes all men cringe.

My source was not sure whether liquor had been involved before the incident, but it was liberally applied afterwards. Our brave Tarzan went for stitches the following day, and it is rumored that the gentleman is no longer able to contribute to the gene pool.

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