(2009) Everyone does dumb things when they're kids. My dumbest decision was
almost a life-altering event. At that time, caps were readily
available. For the youngsters in the audience, caps are tiny explosive
charges sold for use in toy guns. Squeeze the trigger and a striker hits
the cap, making it explode with a pop.
I had a pack of caps that were individually 'printed' on adhesive-backed
paper. Having experimented with using a hammer to detonate 'em, in true
dumb-kid fashion I moved on to super-size it. I stacked the caps an inch
and a half high, knelt down on the sidewalk and hit the stack with a
2-pound ball-peen hammer.
The resulting explosion kicked the hammer back clear to my shoulder, missing my fragile young face by inches. No harm except for a bruise on the shoulder and ringing ears, but an alarming near miss nonetheless.
Sometimes I wonder how any human male survives childhood.
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