"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.
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.