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Old 10-30-08, 10:51 PM   #1
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Today rates 10 of 10 on the F'ed up meter

So I took the day off of work to study for my Matlab midterm with my girlfriend and another friend of mine. I was on campus when we hear that there is a fire at Red Square, so out of curiosity we peeked around the corner and saw what appeared to be a small blaze surrounded by a bunch of people. We assumed it was some college kid prank, and walked off, only to discover later that some guy poured gasoline over himself, lit a match, and set himself ablaze Buddhist monk style. He died at the hospital a few hours later.

Seriously, who still does this? That is a horrible way to go out.
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Old 10-30-08, 10:58 PM   #2
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And people were watching this?
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Old 10-30-08, 11:06 PM   #3
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We were really too far to take notice, and when we peeked around the corner, it was probably pretty much all over.

This is Seattle, so I wouldn't have been too surprised to see a bunch of gaping onlookers, but according to news reports, people were trying to put him out via jackets, sweaters, and pants. I feel pretty terrible for those kids that were right there and had to be a part of something like that.

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Old 10-31-08, 12:04 AM   #4
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Either he was really really insanely pro/against something, or just insane...

Poor soul.
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I'm guessing that he was just incredibly distressed or delusional. He didn't say anything beforehand, so if he was protesting, than his point was lost. Anyway, here's an article with some specifics; his name has not yet been released but it turned out that the victim (a 61 year old man) was a former UW employee.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081031/..._burns_self_10
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Having recently seen a truck driver burn to death, I am very sorry you had to see that.
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That is really f'ed up. That's horrible. Awful. that's just, just, I don't know what to say.
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Horrible, just horrible.
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sorry...so disturbing
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