by Dan Hill

Fatal Flaws Make Fatal Lives
Dan Hill
Mark 10:17-23

There are some mistakes in life that are downright hilarious. Consider the story out of the Houston Chronicle of the dumbest bank robber of all time. It seems that the man held up a Wells Fargo bank on the east side of Houston and was caught as a result of his hold-up note. He happened to write the note on the back of his resume', which was the ultimate bad career mistake!

Or how about Dick Stone in San Francisco who as admitted for emergency treatment of burns suffered while trying to retrieve his son's pet rat. He said, "My son left the cage door open so his rat escaped into the garage. Then the rat ran up the exhaust pipe of my motorcycle in an attempt to hide." Stone said, "I tried to retrieve the rat by offering it food attached to a string, but he wouldn't come out so I looked into the pipe and lit a match, thinking the light might attract him." At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what happened next. The flame ignited a pocket of residual gas and a flame shot out the pipe igniting Mr. Stone's mustache and severely burned his face. It also set fire to the pet rats' fur and whiskers which in turn, ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the exhaust pipe which propelled the rodent out like a cannonball. Stone suffered second degree burns and a broken nose from the impact of the pet rat. His son was grounded for a week. Stone said, "In retrospect, lighting the match was my mistake."

Then there are those mistakes that are fatal. You may remember the story of the Eastern Airlines flight that crashed in the Everglades of Florida a few years ago that resulted in 99 people dieing. As the flight approached Miami for landing when the crew discovered that either the front landing gear was not fully down or the indicator light for the nose gear was not working properly. They pilot went over and around the airport to attempt his landing again and to determine whether in fact they rea ...

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