The world’s dumbest hobbies?
The problem with writing a humor blog is that sometimes people try to send news to me, not realizing that unlike my other Reuters colleagues, I’m able to make up my own.
This week, for instance, I got this actual e-mail. I have removed the name and location to protect the dimwit who sent it:
“I am a storm chaser. My chaser partners and I intercepted a tornado yesterday. As we were positioning ourselves, our truck slid off a very steep embankment. We were then struck by the very large tornado, which went right over us….”
This guy asked if I wanted to buy the rights to show his video of this event, so I am responding here:
Dear Moron, I’m afraid I am unable to use your tornado video in my blog. Although I do deal with extremely stupid stuff on a daily basis, the idea of going out of your way to “chase” deadly storms actually qualifies as insanity, not stupidity.
Please share my reply with your fellow storm chasers and those with similar hobbies. Yes, I’m talking about:
- molten lava chasers
- lightning rod wavers
- enriched plutonium snorters
- pitchfork swallowers
- rabid hyena kissers
- guys who stalk Angelina Jolie
Meanwhile, you keep on chasing, and here’s hoping you catch the big one very soon.
Top: Actor Bill Paxton is shown in a scene from the action-adventure film “Twister,” which details the adventures of a group of storm chasers, in a 1996 file photo. REUTERS/Ho New
Right: A waterspout in the sea is pictured near Bitung, in the Indonesia’s north Sulawesi province, May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad