Thursday, March 16, 2006

Miss Deaf Texas

There is nothing funny about the following:

The reigning Miss Deaf Texas was hit by a train yesterday. According to CNN, she was walking along the tracks with her back to the train, sending text messages on her cell phone. The train sounded its horn, but, being deaf, she was unable to hear it (nor, presumably, the train itself).

No, seriously, there’s nothing funny about this, and I'm sure her family and friends are devastated. But in a sort of Darwin-Awards-schadenfreude-it’s-funny-because-we-don’t-know-her way, one does want to note the following take-away message:

If you are unable to hear, and if there is a particular environment in which, by virtue of being unable to hear, you stand a reasonable chance of being hit by an eight-thousand-ton object, you might consider staying out of that environment.