(2000, Denmark) Exhilarated by the freedom a new license allowed, a young
man borrowed a car from his uncle, a car collector, and took his cousin out
for a spin.
Denmark winters are usually mild, but this particular year was so cold that
the Baltic Sea surrounding the island of Als froze over. When the cousins
drove down to the shore, they found that Ketting Bay had iced over. They
took a quick walk on the ice, tested it by jumping up and down, and decided
it was thick enough to drive on.
A few hundred yards offshore, they discovered their error. The ice
cracked and the car sank. Luckily Ketting Bay is shallow, so the boys
suffered no worse than wet pants as they escaped through the car windows.
Up to this point, their misadventure could be considered a poor estimate.
They looked the half-submerged collectible car over, and decided they had
better pull it out before Uncle got mad. So they walked back to the farm,
found a coil of rope and a strong car, drove back to the beach--and out to
the submerged car!
At this point, we would not be wrong to talk about the foolishness of
The boys climbed out of Submerged Car #2, walked back to the farm with
sodden pants and chattering teeth, and fetched a farm tractor. They drove
back to the beach--out onto the ice--and sank the tractor, too!
Submerged Car #1 could be called an accident,
Submerged Car #2 could be called plain daft, but
Submerged Car #3 seems to indicate a genetic error, 'specially since the
boys agreed upon the actions, and they are blood relatives....
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Reference: Kim 'The Pirate' Christensen, who says, "This happened to a
young man who works a few desks away from me."