Okay, so there’s nothing funny AT ALL about a guy burning his hand–even moderately–after the golf cart he was driving catches fire.
Okay, it would have been a little funny if he burned it grabbing for his beer instead of his golf clubs, but if you have ever wondered what an electric golf cart would look like after catching fire, you have to check out the full picture at the Baxter Bulletin. (We’re only going to show a small portion here of the picture by Jerry Ott, but you have to see the whole thing. Actually, what little is left when a golf cart melts . . . and catches the course on fire.) Amazing!
We do have to wonder after seeing this pic: is this what the future for the Chevy Volt looks like? I’d keep my fire extinguisher handy in any case. Here’s more from the Bulletin:
Golfer Jimmy Sanders was playing the seventh hole when his cart began to malfunction. As Sanders was checking the battery-operated cart, it caught fire, Ott said. Ott says he was told by others Sanders’ hand was burned moderately while trying to retrieve his golf clubs, according to Bull Shoals fire chief Brent Mitchell, who said witnesses heard a loud popping sound or explosion.
The fire burned the cart to the metal frame and caught the fairway on fire. The fire began moving into the woods and towards a home before it was extinguished. Approximately one-half acre of land was burned, Mitchell said.
You did what?
If you played baseball as a kid, this probably happened to you: it rains a little and your game today gets canceled. It rains a lot and your game tomorrow (or even the next day) might also get canceled. So what’s a Canadian youth sports league supposed to do with a rain-soaked field and an upcoming tournament? Pour diesel and gasoline on the field and set it on fire in an attempt to dry it off, that’s what, eh?
And no, surprisingly, it did not turn out as well as you might think! Here’s more from The Spec:
It’s a swing and a miss for a youth baseball association just north of Edmonton after officials poured a mixture of gas and diesel fuel on a St. Albert ballpark two weeks ago and then set it on fire. The aim was to dry out the rain-saturated field in preparation for a provincial tournament, they say.
But the resulting smoke brought out police and fire officials who launched an investigation and ended up closing down four diamonds, three of which have since reopened. The soil also tested positive for hydrocarbons, though additional testing showed it is safe.
“In 25 years of municipal field maintenance involvement … I had never actually heard of a practice like that,” said Chris Jardine, with the City of St. Albert. He said the city doesn’t approve of the drying method, but the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association maintains it needed to do what was necessary to get the fields ready.
Professional umpire Jake Gibbon said dousing a baseball diamond with diesel and setting it on fire is actually a common practice and has been done for years in the major and minor leagues. “I’ve seen it, I’ve been on the field when they’ve done it, I’ve worked a game after they’ve done it,” he said. “The first time I ever saw it, I couldn’t believe it.
Really? Has anyone ever seen or heard of this being done before?