Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey, what a dumb way to die

Steve Irwin is dead.

He was snorkeling off the Great Barrier Reef, and a stingray stung him—through the heart. That's a freak thing, and unbelievably unlucky (a couple of inches in any direction, and he'd be alive). I don't believe in instant, painless death unless the first thing to go is the brain, but as deaths go this was quick.

I didn't really watch his show. But I saw commercials for it every now and then, and I thought he was pretty cool. Some of my friends are very upset right now.

I propose that in his memory we adopt 'Crikey!' as our expression of dismay, especially those of us who live in countries where it's not a common word.

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