UPDATE: Okay, Civilization is Not Over; Satire Got Me…Or DID It?

stupid fire

There are two videos attached to the story.
In the first, a good looking, entirely ridiculous young man cheerfully puts lighter fluid, or something, all over himself while standing in a bathtub.

Because that will save you when you use a chemical to set fire to yourself.

And he seems kind of shocked when he goes up in flames. So shocked is he by the intensity of the pain, that he jumps out of the bathtub screaming for water. Eventually his friends smother the flames.

There is nothing remotely entertaining or amusing here, nothing edifying. The only thing you can say about the video is that it should teach people not to set fire to themselves, because it brings an unbearable dose of reality.

Apparently, we live in an enlightened age, where everyone is special, and people need to be told…not to set themselves on fire. Because it’s objectively bad. There is no relative “good” about it.

Finally, people, we have found a way to demonstrate that some things really are not subject to relative truths. Some truths are true always. Human beings are flammable. Flame hurts human beings.

Honestly, if this is the point we’ve come to, we might as well drop mic, close up shop, go home and tell Jesus to hurry it on up with the end times.

UPDATE: Yeah, they got me. My own damn fault, too. Turns out the “firechallenge” story came from a satire site. (Or did it? See further update?)

I’ll be honest, I wondered if it could be satire — in fact, after hitting publish, I toyed with the idea of editing the thing with a note that I hoped it was satire, because I would be happier to know that.

But I didn’t do it. It was probably my Guardian Angel saying, “Lizzie, don’t be a putz” but I didn’t listen, and I always regret not listening to those promptings.

I even looked around the page for a sign of satire, but I didn’t see it, and I didn’t do due diligence and check out the source, the site — all the things I’d normally do, as a matter of course.

It turns out you have to go to the home page and then scroll all the way down to read:

The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.

Bastards! They got me! :-) Through my own fault, my own fault, my own grievous fault, yes, but it was just so well done — the video, the news story — and so shocking, that my brain said, “this has to be real! You’re seeing it with your own eyes, aren’t you?”

And the world is so screwy these days, that it just wasn’t that hard to believe. And clearly, my brain wanted to believe it.

So, no…civilization may still be over but it’s not because of people setting themselves on fire for fun. But after nearly ten years of blogging, during which time I don’t remember ever getting snookered like this. And so much for “who you going to believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?” Good ‘n snookered, indeed.

Ah, well…it happens. I’m glad it wasn’t true.

pie in face

UPDATE AGAIN: Wait a second….IS THIS A HOAX or NOT? I can’t even tell, anymore. Anyone have info about this?

Welcome, Instapundit readers! And Thanks Glenn! Maybe y’all can help me get to the bottom of this!

UPDATE: Apparently this really is real

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  • ubik

    Maybe they are preparing for the eternal flames that await them?

  • MeanLizzie

    No, I think God has particular mercy on people this stupid. Some ignorance is invincible.

  • ubik

    God protects fools and children. May their burns be superficial and their wisdom gained be great.

  • http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ CT Catholic Corner

    We live in a world of ‘entertainment’. Young people especially seek entertainment, want to be entertained and with camera phones and the internet want to BE the entertainment so they do stupid things while video recording themselves.
    There was a show/movie (don’t know if its still on or not) called “Jackass” something or other… that was what they were, jackasses doing stupid, horrible things to themselves and each other for entertainment. And they got paid for it.
    That’s entertainment in 2014. Had this stuff occurred a hundred years ago it would be defined as “mentally unstable” and the person locked up.
    We live in a very different world now. :(

    In Christ,
    Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

  • Tzard

    I can’t explain it. Perhaps just calling it evil is enough.

    Reminds me – when my children were small, we’d sometimes light a candle – at the table for dinner. Inevitably each of the children would eventually reach out and try to touch the flame. My wife (and all the other women it seemed) were concerned and jumped to pull the child away.

    I, as the father told them to stop. The child touched the flame, it hurt, and they learned. No damage, no burns, just the heat and the ouch. I was there to make sure they weren’t leaning their clothes or hair into the flame, and that they were aware enough to pull back.

    The solution, it seems to me, is not fear of fire, but respect for the reality. Another question is where are the boys’ fathers? Someone needs to teach them to master fire, not fear it, not ignore it. Someone who’s the master of fire knows to not light oneself or even others on fire.

  • kerini

    I’ll go with Tzard – it’s not “insufficient unsupervised time”. More like – insufficient time spent understanding consequences.

    If one never cooks, never lights a fire to deal with garbage or brush, then one doesn’t have an opportunity to understand the use of this tool.

    And back to Tzard’s point about candle flames – flicking a finger through the actual flame of a candle doesn’t hurt. The same can’t be said if you move the finger an inch up, at the “fire free” area where heat from the burning wax concentrates.

  • James M Kelly

    I suggest an “Honorable Mention” Darwin award.

  • Rob Ramcharan

    If it’s any comfort to you, this story reminded me that I’m old enough to remember Madame Nhu.

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