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Sure-Fire Outcome

Sheriff’s deputies in Dona Ana County, N.M., found a man along a highway wearing no clothing trying to hitchhike a ride to a hospital — he was suffering from severe burns. When deputies asked for his story, the 47-year-old man said he had lost a bet with buddies, and had to honor it by letting his friends set him on fire. They started with his prosthetic leg, he explained, which then set his clothes on fire so he took them off. The bet, he said, was over who could drink the most beers. He lost when he drank the fewest — six — and confirmed to deputies that he allowed the mayhem. He was taken to a burn center. (RC/Las Cruces Sun-News) ...OK, now consider this: he was sober than that when he made the bet.
Author’s Note: On the other hand, see “The Everchanging Story” later in this volume.
Original Publication Date: 18 July 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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