(Camping Season 2003, Melbourne, Australia) Aussie emergency firefighters
were called to extinguish a car fire on the Monash Freeway, a beltway that
encircles Melbourne. When the firefighters arrived, they found an agitated
young man watching as flames consumed his Ford.
After extinguishing the blaze, the firefighters inspected the small car to
find out what had caused the conflagration. First they found that the
whole car was completely stuffed with camping gear. There was barely room
for the driver. Every space was crammed. Then they opened the hood.
The driver had packed for an extended camping trip, but had run out of room
in the small passenger compartment. So he decided to use all that wasted
space under the hood, such as the space between the motor and the hot
Among the left-over items was a bottle of gas used to fuel the barbecue
Amazingly, the superheated bottle of gas did not explode, and the young man
suffered only Ford flambé instead of being blown to bits and collecting the
Darwin Award he so richly deserved.
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Submitted by: Peta May
Guest Writer: Ted Jones
Reference: Channel 9 News