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Thursday, October 19, 2006

This is just weird

Last month, the world was shocked when Steve Irwin was killed. Not by a crocodile, not by a venomous snake, but by a stingray- one of the most passive sea creatures out there. Sure, they'll stick up their barb if they feel threatened, but they almost never kill. As far as I know, Irwin's death was only the eighteenth confirmed "death by stingray."

And then, this:
A stingray jumped into the boat of an 81-year-old Florida man and stabbed him in the chest, leaving its long barb stuck in him, authorities said.
Authorities are calling this a "freak accident." Ya think?

The man is now in critical condition after undergoing open heart surgery to remove the barb. Because of his excellent health, it is hopeful that he will make a full recovery.

You know, the way things are going, I see a new a television special opportunity for Fox (or Spike... or some enterprising network): "When Stingrays Go Bad". Or maybe "Stingrays Gone Wild."

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