Seriously.

Men set fire to car

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Three men trying to steal fuel from a New Zealand farm Monday ended up setting fire to their own car.

Police said the trio had siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter.

One click, a boom and the car burst into flames.


Any three-year-old who has seen any amount of cartoon violence knows that this is not a good idea. They will also tell you that you probably shouldn't check the working condition of a firearm by peering down the barrel. And they will advise you not to look down should you ever run full-tilt off the edge of a cliff.

Senior Sergeant Ross Gilbert from the small North Island town of Waipukurau, about 140 miles northeast of Wellington told Reuters, "It wasn't a major whodunnit."

"They all had these crazy burn marks around their eyes. Their faces were blackened, and their hair was all blown straight back behind them."

"Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity."

Perhaps there should be. Just think of the possibilities.

7 Responses to “news nugget”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I bet the farmer was having a blast watching the blast  

  2. # Blogger anaglyph

    They were New Zealanders. What can I say?  

  3. # Blogger anaglyph

    Additionally, regarding your last line - as a revenue-raiser it could be a possibility, but if we send them all to jail, who'll run the governments?  

  4. # Blogger r.fuel

    I was hoping you would chime in. I was wondering what you might have to say.

    And regarding the government: it's a very good point, and these are things that should be talked about during the lawmaking process.  

  5. # Blogger Joe Fuel

    mmm, fire. i like fire.  

  6. # Anonymous james

    Obviously Joe wouldn't be on the streets long.  

  7. # Blogger Joe Fuel

    har har.  

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