A Man Born to Hang, Ain’t Never Gonna Drown

A Man Born to Hang, Ain’t Never Gonna Drown February 8, 2014

My grandmother used to say, “A man born to hang, ain’t never gonna drown.”

Evidently, 16-year-old Mackenzie Wethington was not born to die in a 3,000 foot fall out of an airplane.

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2 responses to “A Man Born to Hang, Ain’t Never Gonna Drown”

  1. One little lesson is all you get and then you jump 3000 feet all by yourself? Seems absurdly inadequate. The friends I know who have done this (I’m not a risk taker just for thrills) have been strapped to a professional sky diver who works the parachute.

  2. It’s an old, old English saying – fancy finding it in Oklahoma. In fact, Shakespeare made a quite funny variation on it in the first scene of The Tempest: after bandying words with a big-mouthed sailor in the midst of a sea storm, the good courtier Gonzalo says:

    Gon. I have great comfort from this fellow: methinks he hath no drowning mark upon him; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging: make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable.

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