August 18, 2006


Ever done this?

That’s a clip of a Manchester (England) firefighter tumbling in a dryer. Four firefighters, including the tumbler, were suspended for the incident.
"Due to the serious nature of the incident, the decision has been taken to suspend them until the outcome of a disciplinary hearing," said Greater Manchester's Deputy County Fire Officer Tony Proctor.
Serious nature? WTF? Okay… I might give them that if the dryer was throwing heat, but damn… the guy was surrounded by help. Yeah, it was juvenile, but it’s not like we all haven’t done that at one time… right?

I remember when I was going to Bible school in St. Paul, and we got some new dryers for our dorms. Now, they weren’t brand spanking new, but they were better than what we had.

A couple friends and I got to looking at those new dryers and noticed that it only cost a whole ten cents to run it. Not only that, but the gas wasn’t hooked up to it, yet. Do the math and a frickin’ rock could tell you what happened next.

One of my friends was about my size, and so we talked him into climbing in. He couldn’t fit all the way in, so he braced himself, and had his head out the door, while I held the safety switch in. After a couple of times around, we stopped it, and I climbed in. The same thing happened with me, only the dryer had to work a little harder. We stopped it, and let the last guy climb in. He was much smaller than the two of us, so he managed to cram himself all the way into the barrel. We held the door open so that we could hear when he wanted to stop, and let it run.

After a couple of trips around, he developed a bit of trouble. Being as small as he was, he couldn’t properly brace himself against the sides of the dryer. He was upside down when he slipped.

Sympathetic bastards that we were, we let it spin some more. He managed to get another purchase on the sides, but lost it soon after. One o’clock in the morning, and the laundry room is filled with loud banging and thumping, screams in accompaniment, and two idiots laughing their fool asses off. We decided to get out of there posthaste. Eric, the skinny one, kept slamming into the walls of the hallway as we made our smooth getaway, he was so dizzy.

Who knew that ten cents could be so much fun?

Let’s hear your dryer stories… I know you’ve gott’em...

Posted by That 1 Guy at August 18, 2006 07:37 AM | TrackBack

I'm just glad there were no video cameras or internet back 20-30 years ago. I was walking stupidity just looking for a place to land.

Posted by: Jerry at August 18, 2006 08:07 AM

Uhh, no. No dryer stories here. Well, except for that time I left the....

never mind.

No. No dryer stories here.

Posted by: Tammi at August 18, 2006 08:08 AM

Oh, I've got a story I wrote up, because it's too long to put in the comments!

Posted by: Sarah at August 18, 2006 02:08 PM

I once...uhm...knew a guy...yea thats it.....who stuck a cat in the....err...a....dryer.

High Heat Cottons setting too!

Posted by: BloodSpite at August 18, 2006 04:59 PM

Bahahahahaha! Just goes to show that all boys will be boys. Good grief!

Posted by: Richmond at August 18, 2006 05:25 PM

My Dad & brothers put my little sister in the dryer. Mom was horrified. Heh. Ramone also put my cats in there. Is it bad that that was more upsetting to me than my sister being in the dryer?

Posted by: LadyGunn at August 20, 2006 02:28 PM