Why (some) men should not multitask

A gas filled oven and an open flame make for a volatile combination. Whilst enjoying a nice dinner with friends in between two movie showings, one of them gave us this fine example of why men should not try to do more than one thing at a time.

Coming home from work he figured he'd go for a pre-made pizza to save time cooking and do other things instead. He turned the knob on the oven and went about his other business. After 10 or 15 minutes, he returned to the kitchen expecting the oven to be at temperature. It wasn't, of course, as he had neglected to light it. In what can only be described as a monumental lapse of judgement, he must have figured "better late than never".

What happened next would have fit nicely in the Michael Bay movie we were there to see. Suffice to say that he ended up with significantly less hair on his arms and chest (shirtless, which I suppose was lucky), decimated eyebrows and eyelashes and a copious helping of second degree burns.

Now, he told us this about two weeks after it had happened and he was almost fully healed by then, having made a remarkably quick recovery according to the doctors. This man either has a boatload of luck or a very proficient guardian angel. Probably the latter, as he's previously walked away unscathed from accidents involving a police cruiser, his family doctor's car, being dragged along by a passing train and electrocution by a freak incident with a cat urinating over a wall socket.


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