Saturday, September 29, 2007

Chim-chimeneee, chim-chimeneee!

What's the deal with idiots getting themselves stuck in chimneys? I read in the news about yet another doofus having to be rescued after being stuck in a chimney for more than 12 hours. What in the world makes these people think they can actually climb up or down the narrow passageway of a chimney? Do they think they are Santa Claus?

Today's story is about a German man who had been drinking heavily at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival got stuck in a chimney for 12 hours while trying to climb into a friend's apartment.

From Yahoo news: After finding his friend was not at home, the 27-year-old climbed on to the roof of a neighboring building at about 2 a.m. Thursday and headed for what he thought was a gap in the wall between the two houses.

He found himself sliding almost 30 meters (98 feet) head first into a chimney, a spokesman for Munich police said.

An 82-year-old janitor from the hotel next door eventually heard the man's calls for help and he was rescued at around 2 p.m. by fire brigade officers who knocked a hole into the side of the chimney to liberate him, the spokesman said.

He had managed to turn around and had removed his clothes to try to help him squeeze back up.

"Miraculously, he was only slightly injured in the fall, sustaining just grazes and bruising," police said. The man was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where he is being treated for hypothermia, they added.

If you do a Google search for "stuck in chimney" you can get a huge list of stories about people getting stuck in chimneys...male and female. Getting yourself stuck in a chimney has got to be one of the most stupid things I have ever heard of, yet it's pretty darn common.

This isn't just unique to here in the USA, it's a worldwide phenomenon! Here is what I found with a quick search:

Hayward Man Found Naked, Stuck In Chimney

Firefighters in Los Angeles have rescued a 20-year-old woman who was stuck in a chimney tonight.

Suspected burglar stuck in chimney

SoCal burglar who got stuck in chimney gets 2 years in prison

A 21-year-old alleged burglar got stuck in the chimney of a house in Yeoville, Johannesburg.

London: Pub intruder sees light after night stuck in chimney

Burglar fell down chimney

Man stuck in chimney later pelted with beer bottles by his now ex-girlfriend:

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