What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


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“We were playing in the snow, she’s from Mississippi so this is the most snow she’s ever seen in her entire life. I’m from Buffalo so this is no big deal,” Lutz said. “I love the snow!”
In order to build a more structurally sound snowman, Lutz decided to use a large tree stump in their yard as the base. The trio covered the exposed bark with snow.


“It’s the algorythm.”


Be advised, this is not a video for the faint of heart. You can watch the first minute or so to get an idea of what is coming.

The giant fountain that those people are standing in? Apparently gasoline?

Turns out, standing in a giant fountain of gasoline is not a good idea.


My sister won’t take the test. I suspect it to be the exact same but now… now I really want her to do it.


Nesrie, I’m sorry, but there are things you don’t know about your family…


I already did mine but… we’re identical. I wanted to do it as a test sample, see how accurate it was, but she thought it was pointless to do hers because I did mine. It’s intriguing to see their data skew differently with twins. It’s not exactly the same but… it’s so close that deviation is super questionable.


First thing I though was that the spray was essentially the first part of a fuel air explosion.


Nesrie, you are not a twin. You were adopted.


Haha. The sad thing is… these DNA sites are uncovering family secrets pretty darn well. I don’t even know why they try to hide this stuff anymore.


My mom has boxes of old B&W photos that were in many cases annotated by her dad years ago. It would be nice to have them scanned professionally.


Also, it turns out that watching that video may not have been my brightest moment. Holy shit man. My stomach twisted up when I realized that all of those little fires in the distance are human beings, burning alive. You know this because you first see them running as a flame with legs. Then they drop. Then the fire that was them just keeps burning. My God, man. This is what I always envisioned Hell would look and sound like.


And that’s why I saw the beginning of the video and then noped out of there before anything happened.


What’s strange is that visually, it should not be that difficult to watch. It’s at night, the video is grainy and bad, and most of the traumatic stuff is happening in the middle to far distance, so there is no detail.

But when it finally hits you what all of these moving shapes are, no detail is necessary. The video in fact may be more effective precisely because it lacks that horrible detail. For instance, a close-up of a conscious person who is on fire will (I imagine) shock the hell out of you. But then you are overwhelmed with that graphic image, and the feelings of tragedy and hopelessness are minimized.

That video was in fact somewhat subtle compared to what it could have been. But it’s that subtlety, and the slow realization that went with it, that worked to make me feel empathy for complete strangers. Sure, they were stealing gas, but my understanding is that they were desperate. No matter the circumstances however, no one deserves to die that way. With the possible exception of people who get their kicks actually killing people that same way. But since I don’t know of any of those, I’ll just say that no one deserves that kind of death.


Hey, I totally gave fair warning about that video! I even said, “You can watch the first minute and turn it off, with an idea of what’s eventually gonna happen, if you realize that the fountain is gasoline.”

To me, I have absolutely no moral judgement on them for the act of stealing gas. Whatever.

But a much bigger part of me is like, “Standing in a giant fountain of gasoline is dumb as shit, and you guys should know this.”


It absolutely is dumb as shit, but I still felt terrible watching all those dumb people burn alive. Seems like a hell of a price to pay for an act of stupidity.


Oh sure, I definitely wasn’t laughing. Anytime you see folks die horrible deaths, it’s horrible.


How many people died anyway? I don’t speak the language, but I saw the number 91 somewhere. And I imagine that many more were badly burned but not killed.
Also, when was this? I don’t remember seeing it on the news at any time.


Ya, I think it was like the high 70’s at one point. Probably went up from there.


I never blamed you for posting it. I blamed myself for watching it despite the warning.
But I figured, “How bad could it be? It’s even on YouTube!” Turns out that YouTube has a bunch of shocking stuff on it. I had no idea, as I’d never had reason to see any. Hell, I mostly watch cat videos. After I watched that one, YouTube recommended the raw footage from someone who filmed the 2003 Great White fire at The Station. Which of course I had heard about back in the day, but didn’t know the details until that video prompted me to watch a very sobering documentary about it. I got choked up a few times watching that.