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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Cell Phones are Dangerous

posted by on June 7 at 10:24 AM

Cell phones and toilets are a match made in hellójust ask Christopher Frizzelle, who plopped at least one phone into the john last month, or the 850,000 British citizens who drop their cellies down the loo every year.

But none of this can touch what went down yesterday in Sheboygan, WI, where the worlds of cellular communication and standing water collided in a deadly and excessively stinky fashion. From the Fond du Lac Reporter:

A 41-year-old Sheboygan man drowned Wednesday afternoon after getting stuck in a storm sewer while attempting to retrieve a dropped cell phone, police said. Brett R. Gunn, who weighed more than 300 pounds, was wedged with his head and shoulders underwater in a vertical storm drain in front of his home. There was about 12 inches of water at the bottom of the sewer, police said.

Eep. Full story here.

(Updated at 10:38 to fix upside-down W and dumb joke that completely ignored the word “storm” before “sewer.” I’m an idiot.)

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Sheboygin, MI!


Posted by Wiscaansin | June 7, 2007 10:27 AM

Wow, if that's not a Darwin Award runner-up, I don't know what is.

And yeah: WI, not MI.

Posted by Levislade | June 7, 2007 10:29 AM

Are you aware that storm sewers are not used to transport human waste? In fact, they carry excess water from... storms.

Posted by oljb | June 7, 2007 10:29 AM

Whoops, thanks, fixed.

Posted by David Schmader | June 7, 2007 10:30 AM

I happened to see this on Craigslist the other day.

Posted by toadlady | June 7, 2007 10:51 AM

@2: He would be a Darwin award winner! You are a runner-up if you manage to survive your colossal stupidity.

Posted by Cori | June 7, 2007 10:58 AM

I feel guilty for laughing, but the image in my head is priceless.

Posted by elswinger | June 7, 2007 10:59 AM

My cell phone has been lost or dead, I'm not sure which, for months, but I used to have to carry a pager for work. Once I was working in an unfinished bathroom and managed to drop the pager into the open standpipe hole that the toilet was going to be installed over soon. Never saw it again.

Posted by Fnarf | June 7, 2007 11:01 AM

Is this a trend? A 16-year-old from North Carolina drowned after diving in a lake after his cell phone.

It's like the old Jack Handey "Deep Thoughts" item about when you drop your keys in molten lava. Forget 'em, man, 'cause they're gone.

Posted by Milbarge | June 7, 2007 7:19 PM


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