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August 25, 2005

Nantong's nominee for the Darwin Awards

I wish I knew how to nominate this guy for a Darwin Award.

On August 6, during the onslaught of Typhoon Matsa, one of our stalwart locals decided to try a test flight of his new monster kite. He was afraid that the wind might pull the kite string out of his hand, so he wrapped the string several times around his arm before he launched the kite. He had the right idea, sort of. As soon as he let the kite go, the wind yanked him off his feet and pulled him 30 meters (about 90 feet) into the air before he was able to unwind the kite string from his arm. Sure enough, the wind then pulled the kite string out of his hand, and he fell 30 meters to his death.

This incident was the main topic of conversation in Nantong for the next week. I heard the story so many times that I now know the Chinese words for "stupid" (ben4) and "idiot" or "fool" (Sha3 Zi).

Posted by now at August 25, 2005 10:38 AM