I’d like to say in the ER I have become immune from being surprised.
Nope. Not yet.
There’s an Einstein quote (maybe) that goes like this…
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about that first one.”
This was re-proven to me when I discovered a trending teen activity… “The Fire Challenge.”
Do you remember the Ice bucket challenge a bit ago? Everyone was pouring buckets of ice water on themselves. It was relatively harmless and actually made some money for ALS research. I’m fine with this.
What idiotic teens then decided to try was the illogical opposite of this. The fire challenge. Just type “fire challenge” into youtube and you get 14 million videos of kids with next level stupidity LIGHTING THEMSELVES ON FIRE.
They go to the shower.
They pour nail polish (or other flammable liquid) on themselves.
Then they light themselves on fire.
Then they dance around in pain trying to not die.
This is called fun.
Here’s a video of idiots.
Warning: Strong language and people making terrible decisions.
Don’t do this at home, because duuuuuh.
Do I really need to rant about choosing to set fire to yourself?
Stop setting your self on fire.
I mean, I never really thought that would be something that I would have to be saying to people. I give advice to people that smoke and do drugs, or drink too much. But I can, in a misguided way, at lease see the allure of such activities.
I’m hard struck to come up with the reward for lighting yourself on fire.
You’ll be shocked to hear that people have been hurt doing such activities.
People have died and others have had serious permanent injuries.
So, in summary, don’t pour flammable liquids on yourself and light yourself on fire.
Or, as a brilliant EMT once told me:
“Build a man a fire, he’s warm for the night, light a man on fire, he’s warm for the rest of his life.”
There’s only one guy who’s allowed to light himself on fire, and he’s hiding below.