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Pain in the Neck
2002 Personal Account

Five years ago, I came down with a sore neck, THE most irritating and painful affliction one can suffer from. The sheer pain will drive one to do strange things, like wrapping an electric blanket tightly around your own neck, and plugging it in.

FYI it worked well! I sat there watching TV, and as the insulation on the power cord started to brown off, I congratulated myself on a great idea, and soon fell into my first comfortable sleep in days!

Then the doorbell rang. Startled to my feet, I immediately ran to the door. Can you spot the problem? That's right, I didn't unwrap the blanket, or pull the plug.

It still surprises me that I didn't manage to garrote or electrocute myself, or become the first family member to die from spontaneous (HA!) human combustion. I only managed to fuse the blanket, rip out a wall socket, and give myself whiplash in the process.

I still had a sore neck, but now I had a new reason for it! © 1994 - 2020
Submitted by: Richard Poynton

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