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Postby Mercer Boy » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:24 pm

Not the smartest idea in the world...:-B

Yahoo! News wrote:Paperweight Severs Calif. Teacher's Hand

Tue Apr 4, 7:05 PM ET

VENTURA, Calif. - A teacher who kept a 40 mm shell on his desk as a paperweight blew off part of his hand when he apparently used the object to try to squash a bug, authorities say.

The 5-inch-long shell exploded Monday while Robert Colla was teaching 20 to 25 students at an adult education class.

Part of Colla's right hand was severed and he suffered severe burns and minor shrapnel wounds to his forearms and torso, fire Capt. Tom Weinell said. No one else was injured. He was reported in stable condition at a hospital.

The teacher slammed the shell down in an attempt to kill something that was buzzing or crawling across the desk, said Fire Marshal Glen Albright.

Colla found the 40 mm round while hunting years ago and "obviously he didn't think the round was live," said Dennis Huston, who teaches computer design alongside Colla.
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Postby catch22 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:44 pm

Excuse my language but, what a dumbass
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Postby knapplc » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:00 pm

Just because you're a teacher doesn't mean you're smart. 8-o
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Postby Tiki » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:41 pm

knapplc wrote:Just because you're a teacher doesn't mean you're smart. 8-o
Understatement of the year!
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Postby skibrett15 » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:49 pm

wow, that is pretty dumb. Live rounds are not paperweights, but excuse me if I'm being obvious, but isn't a live round easy to tell from a non-live one? There's a bullet if it hasn't ben fired... I've never hunted before though so excuse my . Maybe he just thought it was a dud.
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Postby flotsamnjetsam » Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:59 pm

skibrett15 wrote:wow, that is pretty dumb. Live rounds are not paperweights, but excuse me if I'm being obvious, but isn't a live round easy to tell from a non-live one? There's a bullet if it hasn't ben fired... I've never hunted before though so excuse my . Maybe he just thought it was a dud.


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Postby Nilmerf » Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:19 pm

Mercer Boy, I'm antsy for another Germany or Florida!
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Postby WickedSmaat » Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:49 am

I didn't think that could happen :-? I think it may be time for Mythbusters! }:-)

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Postby Atog » Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:14 am

That's a Darwin award right there ;-D Too bad he didn't die.
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Postby knapplc » Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:31 am

Atog wrote:That's a Darwin award right there ;-D Too bad he didn't die.

I'm sure you mean that in the nicest way, right? ;-) :-D
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