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trip286 05-27-2012 03:29 PM

Stupid crap we've all done
Let's hear it. I got the idea because I just did something totally idiotic.

I'm reseasoning my great grandmother's cast iron cookware that's been stored for probably 20 years or more...
Heating it up as hot as I can and knocking off the 115 years worth of grease buildup on the outside, and then seasoning it with hot oil...
Anyways, I spilled a little oil, so I switched eyes on the stove so I could clean it up before it catches fire, and I (extremely stupidly) grabbed the grate with my bare hand. Yeah. It smarts a bit. I could smell it cook.

So...share your idiocy, please. Make me feel better about myself.

downsouth 05-27-2012 03:46 PM

This site simply doesn't have the capacity for me to list all the stupid crap I've done in 52 years.

UrbanNinja 05-27-2012 03:46 PM

I just told this story yesterday.. but its always a good one to share about my stupidity.

Many years ago I had a 1989 Nissan Pathfinder that I purchased as a parts truck for my '91 Nissan pick-up.

I literally bought it off of a guy, driving down the road by my house who was on his way to a scrap yard to junk the truck. He told me it had two blown cylinders and was only running on 4 cylinders, but it still ran. I bought it for $300. The truck was in amazing shape, so I figured I'd go over really well to see if I could save it, instead of ripping it apart.

I started my process of elimination. Checking the fuels lines,oil,battery,spark plugs,air filter,etc...

Next I started the motor to check the spark from the wires to the plugs. Using non-conductive pliers I started pulling each individual wire from the plugs and looking for the spark while the motor was running. So now I'm leaning into the engine bay with my knees pressed against the front bumper (the pathfinder has steel bumpers) I got to cylinder no.4, I lost grip of the sparkwire and it headed toward the fan.

My first instinct is "grab the wire before it gets wrapped in the fan". Big mistake that was. I felt every bit of electricity go through my hands,chest,stomach,legs and then finally out of my knees and into that steel bumper.

I can honestly say... that was nothing like sticking your tongue to a 9v battery. :D

EDIT: I did at least get that truck running and saved it from its doom. Turns out it had 2 clogged fuel injectors. ;)

vincent 05-27-2012 03:47 PM

We once cut down 17 the wrong yard. :eek:

2 houses with the same numerical address but different streets, a block away from each other. They get each other's mail all the time, pizza, etc.. even a lumber delivery got dropped in the wrong driveway. There was 17 trees marked, the addy matched up so we went to work. When the homeowner came home he acted shocked and upset but we later came to find out he was taking estimates earlier to have those trees removed. Of course he sued and ended up getting 2k per tree from our insurance co, and his trees cut for free...

We made the news and everything...oops

True story...:cool:

c3shooter 05-27-2012 03:49 PM

Slow speed crusing the neighborhood, late at night- in a police cruiser. Holding radio mike in right hand, Steering with heel of right hand. Make a low speed left turn- smartly wrapping the microphone cord right around the steering column. Problem was, I ran out of slack on the mike cord, but still had to turn the wheel some more or hit THAT! (Fixed object, property of US Postal Service, painted blue)

Had to buy beer for the guys in the radio shop to get them to quit laughing, had to write report to the boss detailing my SIP (stupid in public) and pay for the damage to the mike cord. :o

willfully armed 05-27-2012 08:56 PM

120mph on gravel in a Hyundai scoupe.

175mph on a R1.

A seven year relationship with a crazy bitch.

Backing into an Infiniti q45 with my fedex truck.

Maintaining employment at my current job.

Those are the easiest to tell

trip286 05-27-2012 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by willfully armed
120mph on gravel in a Hyundai scoupe.

175mph on a R1.

A seven year relationship with a crazy bitch.

Backing into an Infiniti q45 with my fedex truck.

Maintaining employment at my current job.

Those are the easiest to tell

You're racking up quite the record. I've done at least one of those.

rifleman1 05-27-2012 09:36 PM

i got married:D

trip286 05-27-2012 09:38 PM


Originally Posted by rifleman1
i got married:D

Not always a bad thing, depending on who it is.

texaswoodworker 05-27-2012 09:58 PM

I never do anything stupid... :rolleyes: J/K

I have a habit of not waiting for stuff to cool down before I grab it, so I get burned a lot (most of the time, it doesn't leave a blister). It happens mostly out in the shop. I've been getting better at not doing that though. :D

Trip, I had a sort of similar experience to yours a while back. I had just taken 4 pot pies out of the oven, and as I was turning to set them down, they all decided to slide to one side of the pan. When they did that, I began to lose my grip on them. Well, reaction happened faster than thought, so I grabbed the other side of the pan with my ungloved hand. The good news is that I saved the pot pies, the bad news is that I had a nice imprint of the pan burned into my hand for awhile.

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