January 21, 2002

On January 21, 2002, fifty people in Goma, Congo died stupidly. They were trying to steal gasoline from elevated fuel tanks at a gas station when lava ignited the tanks and killed them. That’s right, lava caused the fuel tanks to explode just like out of a bad “B” movie. Mount Nyiragongo had previously erupted on January 17 and sent a lava flow toward Goma. Lava doesn’t flow that fast and these people could have easily evacuated the area and lived. But, they had to risk their lives trying to steal a few gallons of gasoline each. It’s a shame these people didn’t realize they weren’t the stars in an action movie. They were the ‘died in explosion’ extras. Take that as a hint, people. If you do something stupid, something stupid will happen because of it.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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