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(2002) This one did not make the press, but my colleagues in the hospital all vividly remember this patient. At best, he earns an At-Risk Survivor, since he did not die, nor did he lose his reproductive capacity.

This young man presented himself to our Emergency Department covered with burns on all of his exposed skin. His hair was singed close to his scalp. What caused these injuries? He had posed himself a question, and become overwhelmed by curiosity.

Needing to discover the answer to his question (revealed soon) he proceeded to shoot a propane tank with a .22 caliber rifle. Having survived the first stage of his stupidity, he gave the propane ten minutes to leak out, and then held a burning lighter and walked slowly towards the hissing propane tank.

The question was: How close do you have to be to the propane tank before it blows up? The answer: fifteen feet.

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