Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Doofus Of The Day #585

Today's winner is from Australia. (A tip o' the hat to reader Snoggeramus for forwarding the link.)

A thrill-seeking postman who was filmed launching his small motorbike off a jump during the morning mail round has ended his career with a bang.

The postie, who has since resigned from his job at Australia Post, gave new meaning to the term "air mail" when he rode his Honda down a suburban street in Anglesea and off a jump, soaring into the air and losing control yesterday morning.

Mail was scattered across McMahon Avenue after the crash that left the postman, aged in his 20s, suffering scrapes and bruises.

But the postman was able to pick up his battered bike and gather the mail before continuing his morning round.

. . .

The postman declined to comment to the Geelong Advertiser when approached at his home last night. He told the newspaper he was not badly hurt in the crash.

The postman is believed to have told his employer, Australia Post contractor David Wilson, that he had hit a kangaroo on his mail run.

Mr Wilson only learned of the stunt when he was approached by the Advertiser.

There's more at the link. Here's the video taken by the onlookers. (LANGUAGE ALERT: There are a couple of f-bombs.)

The motto on the walls of the James Farley Post Office in New York City is derived from the works of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. It reads:

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

Clearly, Herodotus was writing before the age of delivery motorcycles - not to mention at least one of their Australian riders!



Old NFO said...

Sigh... stupidity is alive and well EVERYWHERE!!!

raven said...

Hate to admit it but I have done a very similar thing in me youth.....!

Radagast said...

The little Honda CT110 postie bike is not something I would try and get airborne.
Having spent a bit of time scraping people off of motocross tracks and into the back of an ambulance, I'm not inclined to get any bike airborne. Kiddy cross was OK (they bounced), but we didn't have a weekend at the adult track without a hospital case.

I did get the Ford F100 ambulance airborne on/over one of the motocross tracks but that's a story for another day.

Old NFO: The fact that so many young men survive to become old men could be considered statistical proof that there is a god. Or at least an argument that guardian angels do exist. The fact that stupidity is alive and well and not dead in a myriad different ways inclines me to believe this.

I've also noted that you post comments at every American blog I visit. Either 1) we share similar interests or 2) you are the ultimate blogging AI, many generations past the early versions that would 'like to subscribe to your newsletter'. One is more likely, two is kind of cool.