Sunday, September 30, 2007

Oktoberfest just ain't what it used to be

Cathie lists a number of reasons why it's just not safe to... well, do almost anything right now. But the killer is this one.
A German man who had been drinking heavily at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival got stuck in a chimney for 12 hours while trying to climb into a friend's apartment, police said Friday.
What happened to the Oktoberfest chimney patrol?!
After finding his friend was not at home, the 27-year-old climbed on to the roof of a neighboring building at about 2 a.m. Thursday and headed for what he thought was a gap in the wall between the two houses.

He found himself sliding almost 30 meters (98 feet) head first into a chimney, a spokesman for Munich police said.

In the old days, if you found your friend wasn't home, you'd go back to the beer garden.

"Miraculously, he was only slightly injured in the fall, sustaining just grazes and bruising," police said. The man was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where he is being treated for hypothermia, they added.
OK. So it's a miracle. The big thing here though is that they've added helicopter rides to Oktoberfest.

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