Thursday, May 31, 2018

In the "And you thought YOU were having a bad day" Department

Didja see this? 

The remains of a man trying to escape the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago were found in Pompeii, Italy, this week...
Archaeologists believe the man was fleeing to safety, having managed to escape the first volcanic eruption, but was subsequently crushed by a large stone in the process.

Archaeologists believe the man was around 35-years-old and suffering from a bone infection. His head has not yet been found.

His head has not yet been found? I can give them a clue where to start looking.

 The story suggests that the internet memes this photo generated are somehow inappropriate. I say, meme away. The average life expectancy in ancient Rome was 35 years of age. The dude made it! If I were him and was given a choice on "how to go" the day before Vesuvius erupted, THIS would have been my wish.

 But that got me to thinking. I wonder how these folks spent the day before the big blow? Were they worried about stuff that wasn't really important in the big scheme? Shouldn't they have taken an occasional look at the rumbling mountain over their shoulder and prioritized a little better?
Life is rock and roll
Sisyphus Vesuvius
Pyroclastic flow

In 1942, a gentleman by the name of Albert Camus had a philosophical essay published titled, "The Myth of Sisyphus." In it, Camus argues that Sisyphus symbolizes "man's futile search for meaning" and concludes with this: "The struggle enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."  So basically Hannah Montana had it about right. It is the climb.


  1. They were either: making food, taking a shower, smoking weed, or having sex, depending on the time of day for each of them.

    Let's see, rock on head, or incinerated in hot burning suffocating ash. Ok, I'll also take the rock if it's gotta be one of the two.

  2. It brings a whole new meaning to block head for the poor thing.

  3. But he still has them laughing! This is why i won't install 100 ton stone block door jambs in my home.

  4. You won't install that 100 ton stone block on your door jamb, but the volcano next door just might do it for you. Out of the blue. Volcanos gonna spew... kinda like Rosanne and Samantha Bee.

  5. "and you thought you were having a day" is still making me laugh!
    you're hilarious! I think this guy's name was CHICKEN LITTLE :-) "The STONE is falling!"