(March 2000) A mate's mate --- in other words, a builder -- was working on a construction job with an apprentice electrician. The builder was wearing a pair of worn-out blunnies on his feet, with holes in the toes. A rock got into his boot one day, and he steadied himself with a hand on the wall, then proceeded to shake his foot vigorously in an attempt to free the rock. Just then, the apprentice electrician walked around the corner and saw the builder shaking like mad. He immediately realized the man was being electrocuted! Remembering his trade school safety class, he grabbed a shovel, and with one quick swipe he smacked the shaking man across the forearm -- shattering both bones. Sometime's it's not the thought that counts!
One day, a farmer was heading back to his house after a hard day's work in the fields. A small stone had worked its way into his boot, so he leaned against the side of the house and tapped his foot on the ground to move the stone into the heel, where he could reach in and remove it. Just then, the farmer's wife came around the corner of the house. She saw her husband leaning on the fusebox with his foot hitting the ground, and thought he was being electrocuted! Leaping to his aid, she seized a nearby lump of wood and hit his arm with it. The farmer ended up with a broken arm and an apologetic wife.
(An anonynouys informant says, "The story about the mate's mate is true. I
saw it in the UK Daily Mirror, but cannot recall when. The article included
a picture of both men, one with plaster casts on his arms.")
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