Monday, April 10, 2006

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it...

Am I a bad person for finding this funny?

AROUND THE WORLD

Century-old tree falls on group of deaf tourists; 1 man dead

Items compiled from Tribune news services
Published April 10, 2006


ROME, ITALY -- A century-old tree fell on a group of deaf tourists in central Italy on Sunday, killing a man and injuring seven people who were unable to hear a bus driver's shout of alarm, police said.

The Italian tourists had finished a day of sightseeing and were about to board a bus in a square outside the L'Aquila train station to return to their homes near Rome, police said.

"The bus driver shouted to warn them, but they couldn't hear," said Angelo Cardelli, an official at police headquarters.

A 47-year-old man from Valmontone, a suburb of Rome, was killed instantly when struck by the horse chestnut tree, police said.

4 Comments:

Blogger hurtleg said...

I guess I'm going to hell with you. I laughed out loud when I read this.

3:43 PM  
Blogger sexyretard said...

There are many resources, including the Holy Scriptures, that lead me to believe that one's eternal salvation does not lie in the answer to the question: "did you laugh at the deaf people who had a tree fall on them?"

2:54 PM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

scha·den·freu·de (shäd'n-froi'də)

n.

Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

[German : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from frō, happy).]

In my long experience observing the phenomenon in friends and relations, I would say that schadenfreude is far more common among liberals than among conservatives.

3:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

I have found almost all humor is at the expense (in some way) of another.

9:13 PM  

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