Darwin says, "This is my favorite Near Miss!
(September 2007) A man was splitting seasoned wood early one autumn in
preparation for the quickly approaching winter. One after another, he would
drive his sharp axe through a log, then toss the split wood onto the pile.
He was making light work of the logs when he came to one with a
particularly large diameter.
Feeling overzealous, he decided to split the log anyway. He lined up his
shot, and brought the axe down dead-center, only to bury the axe blade deep
in the girthy log without splitting it. With a swift action, he jerked up
on the handle to free the axe for another swing. In doing so, the log
scooted forward about a foot before the axe broke free.
Rather than move the heavy log back into place, the man stepped forward a
foot to take another swing. The second swing met with the same result as
the first, as did the third attempt, the fourth, and so on. In his
relentless determination to split the unsplittable, the man did not notice
that he and the log had traveled some twenty-five feet across the yard, and
were now positioned beheath the clothesline.
As he brought the axe down for another whack at the log, the axe head
caught the clothesline, which acted in the same manner as a bow string. The
axe had barely touched the top of the log when the clothesline reached its
maximum draw, propelling the axe head back toward the man at an ungodly
velocity. It found its mark right between his eyes.
Fortunately, the blunt side of the axe head made contact, and rather than
killing him, it merely collapsed his sinus and fractured his skull. He
recovered, and learned a very important lesson: Always be aware of your
surroundings when hurling a sharp object through the air with great force.
I KNOW this story to be true, because the man of whom I speak... was me.
"Axe how it's done."
"Dad did you send this one in? LOL tee hee :)
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