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Optimus Prime Says “Only Energon For Me Silly Boy.” (Or Reason Gas is NOT For Personal Consumption #2) July 21, 2009

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Shanghai Daily ran an interesting piece yesterday about a boy’s adventure with gas. This one didn’t involve fire though
Apearantly a boy in Yibin City, Sichuan, China started drinking gasoline after watching one of the animated Transformers series.
“Since my son started to drink gas, his IQ has dropped sharply and now he can’t figure out simple addition and subtraction,” the father said.
“Before that, he was a very smart boy, and he could even repair the television. But now he does not know the answer of 7 plus 17.”
The worried parents finally took their son to hospital where they were told the boy had a mental disorder and a strong “gasoline dependence.”
I think what bothers me the most about the story is that it took the kid’s parents FIVE YEARS to realise that something was wrong and take him for medical attention after drinking gasoline, even after he started drinking two to three bottles of it at a time. 
So remember kids, Optimus and friends get their power from Energon, not gas.

Reason Gas is NOT For Personal Consumption #1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 1:44 pm
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Let’s start out today with a bit of a hot topic.
People have worried about the safty of tasers since they where first introduced, but over in Australia they have a new reason to. Earlier today a man was struck by a taser while running twards a police officer.  So far nothing out of the ordinary, but it seems that our poor, tasered guy had been huffing gasoline!  According to the report, almost immediately after the taser struck, the man burst into flames! Gizmodo summs up what happened next better than I:
The man pretty immediately went up in flames, and the officer, recognizing that a man becomes significantly less dangerous once he’s on fire, went to the suspect’s aid, patting him all over (and getting burned himself) to quell the flames.
The officer ended up getting pelted by rocks by a woman at the scene who ended up getting arrested for assaulting an officer, and two other people were arrested as well for sniffing a prohibited substance at the same location. [The Daily Telegraph via Gizmodo]