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Monday, June 22, 2015

Darwin-lite Award Competition

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Bertie said....
To enter, please leave a comment on this post, either (1) describing the episode in sufficient detail for the incredible stupidity of the human involved to be plain for all to see, or (2) referencing an explanatory post on your own blog.  You may join this blog hop from now until the deadline on 30/6.. across The Pond or 6/30 here in the US of A.  MOL MOL MOL

Let me give you a little background.  This TRUE story happened in the summer of 
1974, B.M. (before Madi). Characters involved were my very smart human Sissy who was 3, her friend Christy and my mom (who as it turns out was not very smart).  There are no pictures  but thank goodness for the internet we grabbed a few for dramatic affect.
It was a hot summer day, Christy came over to play with sissy for the day.  When Christy arrived, she was wearing sandals similar to these.

However, they were just a tad too big.  The girls wanted to go out to play but Christy  needed shoes.  There were no more holes in the straps to make them tighter so mom decided to put an extra hole in each strap.  Being inventive, Mom decided one of her small crochet hooks like this would be purrfect (not).  The hook end of the 
hook is on the left of the picture as you can see it is very small

Sooooooo mom takes the sandal strap in her left hand and the hook in her right...starts slowing pushing through the goes through the strap AND INTO MOM'S LEFT THUMB.
Thankful she didn't panic or faint!!
MOM REALIZED SHE WAS IN deep do do.  The itty bitty hook on the end was just BIG enough to keep Mom from being able to get it out.  Mom could not let go of the sandal because it would dangle and cause a ton of pain.  MOM needed help...she could not
remember the phone number of the closest neighbor who was home.  So she told Sissy they needed to call Dad who was at work to tell him what had happened.
Thank goodness my Sissy knew numbers and loved talking on the phone. Mom told sis to push a chair up to the phone.  Mom told Sis Dad's phone number one digit at a time.  Sis dialed it perfectly. (Dad worked about 35 minutes from home).  When Dad answered, Sis said hey Daddy,
Mommy has a hook in her hand.  Then sis hung up the phone.  After all, mom just said to tell Dad what happened.  
Thank goodness Dad was SMART he called the nearest neighbor to ask her to go to our house lickety split.  When she arrived, with her 2 children, she called Dad back.  Lo and Behold they decided that she would drive Mom, Sis and Christy to the ER and he would meet her there. The ER staff were very curious as to how this happened and are probably still talking about the dumb 
lady who thought she could repair a shoe.
Yep the crochet hook had to be cut out of mom's thumb...and she had to get a tetanus shot...which was also painful for days.
 Mom said the shot to deaden the thumb hurt worse than the hook when she pushed it in her thumb.  After it was out, the smarty pants ER doctor try to give it back to Mom....she gave him her best Mom glare while telling him to

So peeps and critters the moral to this story is leave shoe repairs to the professionals!!


  1. Eewwww, we cringe at the thought of sharp objects shoved into body parts...but, we laugh with you now :)


  2. OMD.....OWEY!!!!

    We will have to tell our Mama, she also does crazy things with crochet needles!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  3. Great entry Madi.
    Now I know why Gail (who is going "ouch, ouch, ouch!") sticks to knitting…
    Toodle pip!

  4. OMD!! OUCH!!!! Mom was cringing right through the entire story! Well Miss Madi, we think you may just be on to a winner with that story *BOL*
    Wally & Sammy

  5. Bwahaahaahaa! Sorry. Boy, we thought SHE was the only one who did dumb stuff like's going to be a hard act to follow. (Bet that crochet hook is on display in the hospital.)

  6. OMC! Humans! I can't believe what they do sometimes. We kitties are SO much smarter, aren't we, Madi?

  7. oh wow that was a painful shoe-show... I'm so glad the dogtor could help your mom and she hasn't to wear a sandal on her thumb furever&ever... I'm really glad that we have no thumbs... who knows what would happen if we had some ...
    Pawsome story BRAVO!
    easy rider

  8. OUCH! You have us squirming around in our computer chairs, Madi. So poor Christy never got her sandals, huh. At least your mom can laugh now!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  9. Oh Mom, that sounds very painful!!!
    (but also just the sort of thingy Mum would do!!!!)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  10. Now, that's why I don't like doing crocheting! There are hooks involved!! Glad she was okay in the end though.

  11. I was going OUCH OUCH OUCH all the way through this story, i think my thumb is hurting just reading this story... i will remember to never use a knitting needle to make a hole in anything.

  12. Ouch! Pretty funny that they wanted to give her back her crochet hook after all of that. No way she wanted to see that ever again, did she?

  13. Howdy Madi. Ouch that sounded painful. We wondered if the little friend wanted to wear her sandals after that hehe. No worries and love Stella and Rory

  14. Hari OM
    Apart from the initial tummy lurch, it was all I could do to keep upright from MOLing... then I thought 'how unkind - the wummin wuz hurting...'

    But MOLing won out.... Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  15. Wow, that sounds really ouchy. Yikes. Makes me hurt to think about it. Glad the Dad figured it out. Bet that hurt for awhile.

  16. Oh my stars!!! What a tragic way to spend a day. I could feel it going into my OWN thumb. Oh my stars!!!!

  17. Oh drat! That must have hurt so BAD!! Did it scar?!
    Stupid freaky things happen to everyone.
    Thank goodness Sissy knew how to phone Dad!
    Hugs and nose taps
    Kathy and Molly

  18. OMC OMC MADI..... THANK GOODNESS this was WAY before your time...with that SORE THUMB... How would she ever have been able to open your foodables Cans and Divide into those teeny tiny portions...??????
    What do these peeps THINK??? Guess they don't ... We are sure those ER folks were talking about Treating the HOOKER Lady fur Months...
    Now we like a good Mystery in this house... You know the kind where they call the detective a "GUM SHOE"... guess you could call your mom a THUMB SHOE...

  19. OMD, that is an incredibly scary story - poor Mom, bet she never made that kind of mistake again!!! One time our silly Mom was cutting the tops off a bunch of celery, only she forgot to get one of her fingers out of the way and cut right into it!!! Blood everywhere, AND a quick trip to the ER!!! Those moms can really be dumb!!!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  20. OMG..... ouch. I'm glad Dad remembered the neighbor's number Cecilia. hubby the Redneck. Well, he'd just yank it out. I'd scream. And he'd say "I'm sorry". And think it was okay cause he apologized.

  21. Oh my goodness Madi, that's a good one!

  22. OUCH....that hurts just to READ!!!

    Hugs, your guy Raz and The Florida Furkids

    ps....I'm glad you liked my video.....Raz

  23. Ouchie,thats was very sore to read too,hope she heals up quick,xx Speedy

  24. Oh my Dog, what a bizarre and painful thing to happen. I can just imagine that crochet hook, like a barb, wouldn't come out.
    Kids, you gotta love em don't you :)
    Good thing your husband knew something was wrong to get your daughter to call.
    It's one of those stories you can look back and laugh about isn't it.
    Lynne x

  25. Oooo.... oooOOW! Our mom has shivers now and we, well, we're trying extra hard not to laugh but with tender looks of understanding thrown in for good measure.

  26. OUCHIE!!! That is a thing we know your Mom will never forget, but we had to laugh at your sis calling your Dad and then hanging up after she said Mom has a hook in her hand. MOL

  27. BOL!! Oh my. I guess that's why pawfessional shoe fixers don't use crochet hooks!

  28. Youch!!! that musta hurt!! Many many many years ago - our mom sewed her finger with the sewing machine - that kinda hurt too!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  29. madi....bee jezuz....we haz de hee beez thinkin bout thiz....yur rite...that ...REEL LEE...wuz knot a smart thing for yur mom ta due....!!!!! ☺☺


  30. Our Mom does stuffs like that all the time. Daddy tells her she must have only 1 rock left in her head. mol mol mol We know that had to painful, but figure she laughs now when she remembers how stupid she was with her fix for the shoe. We know Mom does. Humans, you got to love them mol mol mol

  31. OMD! Our mom is cringing at your story. She vows to be very careful with her fine crochet hooks.

    P.S. We are glad you didn't try to recreate the scene of the hook in the hand.

  32. Ouch! Your poor Mom, that is awful. I do dumb things every day, but I can't think of any at the moment.

  33. Your mom learned an important lesson that day, Madi. Never try to fix a shoe with a crochet hook.

  34. OMD!!!!!!! EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! Thank DOG your Moms was okays, and they gots it out..too bad abouts the shot though,...Ma's had LOTS of those lidocaine shots cause she shouldn't be allows around sharp objects!!! She's had more stitches than Frankenstein!!!
    Peeps sure are dumber than a sack of squirrels!!!
    just sayin'....

    Ruby ♥

  35. Bawhahahahahhahahahahaa! I took notes just in case my assistant ever tries something like this ...crochet hooks are not meant for shoe repairs.

  36. Okay... that just made me weak in the knees!


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