A sample of strange human tricks

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Once in a while, when we peruse out-of-town newspapers, we come across little tidbits that give us a laugh and/or make us shake our heads in disbelief.

We spotted this one in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and thought it was worth sharing (where the Post-Dispatch picked it up, we have no idea):

Anyone with a nose in smoky California is aware of how dangerous conditions are right now for wildfires. So what did one expecting couple in Northern California do when they wanted to reveal the gender of their baby? They set off blue-smoke fireworks, of course.

The result was a blaze that spread across more than 10,000 acres and darkened the noontime skies of San Francisco. Doubly dumb is the fact that this isn’t even the first time a gender-reveal party has resulted in a big fire. In 2017, 47,000 acres burned in Arizona. The expectant father in that case was sentenced to five years’ probation. His restitution bill was more than $8 million.

The Post-Dispatch didn’t say what the likely fine for this conflagration was, but let’s hope the fireworks fans get the message. Don’t set off explosives during the fire season.

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