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  • completely OT: awfully sad...& yet a situation crying out for a punchline...

    After a blizzard of a dozen smart-ass comments rolls through my head, I guess ultimately the only thing I'm left seriously thinking is:

    What is WRONG with people that they do idiotic stuff like this...?


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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive, police said Monday.

    Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24, buried himself over the weekend with the help of family and friends in a trench sealed with wood and soil in the town of Kantale, about 137 miles (220 kilometers) north of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. A local newspaper reported that the trench was 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

    Basnayake was buried at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that when he was brought to the surface at 4 p.m., he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Dr. D.G. Costa of the Kantale hospital said a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted.

    Basnayake's mother, L.D. Leelawathi, said her son had enjoyed performing unusual acts since his childhood a liking that grew after watching movies, the Lankadeepa newspaper reported.

    It quoted her as saying that her son had been buried alive on two previous occasions for two and a half hours and six hours respectively.

    It was unclear whether there is an official world record for the longest time buried alive.

  • #2
    Really?

    I'll save them the trouble. He was BURIED ALIVE. THAT'S the cause of death.

    "Dr. D.G. Costa of the Kantale hospital said a post-mortem could not determine the cause of death and further medical investigations are being conducted."

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    • #3
      You can only bury yourself so many times....
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      • #4
        We can just skip the vote and give him the DumbA$$ of the Year award straight away
        TKite,
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        • #5
          We have a winnah!
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          • #6
            (hey--that was MY no-medical-degree guess as well, but...

            without one'a them there fancy certificates...

            I'm sure it was something FAR more complex...)

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            • #7
              Doggone it. Darwin was right again? Whodathunkit?
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              Jeff
              UR4 scuba?

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              • #8
                Punch line: "I guess he finally got himself into a mess he couldn't dig himself out of."

                I assume this story will end up in next month's Strange Deaths column in Fortean Times. I think that's my favorite section of the magazine.
                John

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