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2019 At-Risk Survivor

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Pong Begone! A Gas-Tastrophe
2019 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

alluring flame (14 December 2019, United Kingdom) Followers of the tradition of makeshift flame throwers will snicker to hear about our latest Honorable Mention, survivor of a bold attempt to eliminate the odiferous pong in his car. From whence came the noxious funk? A hint comes from what the man did immediately after gassing the car with a hefty hiss of aerosol air freshener, while he was stuck in stationary traffic.

He lit a cigarette.

The interior air exploded, blowing out the glass windows and buckling the doors and frame! Yet the West Yorkshire bungler emerged from the ruins with little injury--don't know how--to the applause of the Internet. We hereby grant him a mocking membership in this common category of misadventure.

Film Examples Include: Buffy The Vampire Slayer torching Lothos with a can of hairspray in the 1992 movie; 007 James Bond exterminating a venomous snake with a cigar and can of aftershave, in Live And Let Die (1973), and Samuel L Jackson's improvised flamethrower, a can of bug spray and a borrowed lighter, to dispatch Snakes On A Plane (2006)

Readers, Pong is defined by Oxford dictionary as (noun) a strong unpleasant smell "corked wine has a powerful pong"; (verb) to smell strongly and unpleasantly, "the place just pongs of dirty clothes".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-50810196

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Reference: West Yorksghire Fire Investigation; The BBC

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