“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” Frank Zappa
I thought of this quote recently after reading a news story about two Texas men who recently died in Louisiana – seemingly refuting Zappa’s theory. It seems that shortly after 2:00 a.m. the men raised the arm blocking access to an open drawbridge over a waterway, backed up their vehicle, and made an attempt to “Dukes of Hazard” the bridge and land safely on the other side of the gap. If you are mentally picturing some hot rod screaming toward the gap, think again – this was a Chevy Cruze. The scientific calculation of mass, speed angle, and distance (to the extent there was any) was apparently erroneous as the Cruze and then men ended up in the water below. There was no mention of alcohol being involved, but ….
I am sure there is some deep life lesson here, but the best I have is the thought that significant decisions (particularly those involving scientific calculations) arrived at after midnight are best implemented after sober thought is put into them the next day. “Hold my beer and watch this” rarely comes after a well thought out plan.