Monday 7 May 2012

Smart people doing stupid things

 "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." - George Carlin 

Doing stupid things unfortunately isn't remotely restricted to stupid people.  Even reasonably intelligent people do stupid things.  But all these people doing stupid things is what keeps me in business.

A 30 year old police officer was traveling on his motorcycle at highway speeds today when his front tire gave out and he fell off, sliding about 30 feet on the pavement before finally coming to a stop.  Fortunately he was wearing his helmet, but his right shoulder and face took the brunt of the fall.  He had extensive road rash on his face, shoulder, legs...pretty much everywhere.  As I was going through his history (including prior surgeries), he started rattling off the 12 or 13 bones that he had broken in the past, including his ankle and 10 bones in his back.  And how did he break them?

Why, his last motorcycle accident, of course.

Of course.

I told him that perhaps, maybe, it was possibly time for him to give up the motorcycle, because he didn't seem to be very good at it.  "Oh no," said he.  "I've been riding since I was 8!"

Not very well, apparently.  As you can imagine, I consider riding a motorcycle a stupid thing.  I consider getting back on a motorcycle after a horrific accident a really stupid thing.


  1. Motorcycles terrify me...thank God my husband just sold his. I was scared every time he took it out. He's a very safe driver; it's the other people you have to worry about.

    P.S. Fan of yours, doc bastard :)

  2. The complexity of the stupitity of the human race ASTOUNDS me! :)

  3. I know a guy who was in a serious motorcycle accident, they thought he was going to die. Now that he is recovered, he's back on the bike. It doesn't make sense, he has a wife and kids! So so so stupid.

  4. Its not stupid. Some people feel that you can't let an experience change you. An example of this would be if you worked on a highrise and almost fell off would you quit. Maybe maybe not. But you took the risk and knew the risk of having that job.
    Case in point the motorcycle cop. He didn't mind his injuries because it comes with the job

  5. When I was a kid I wanted a motorcycle.
    I can't remember when it was but one of my cousins had a really bad wreck(basically he took a curve too fast and slammed into a tree) and that partially scared the motorcycle want out of me.
    The main factor in me not wanting a motorcycle was the threat of my mother beating the black off of my ass(her words and she's pretty much Madea but only a bit less crazy) and I still have no doubt in my mind that she would.


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