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Timothy Treadwell, a self described bear expert, and his girlfriend were mauled to death by a brown bear this week.

I have to say... I am shocked.

Completely amazed!

OK. Not really.

Treadwell, the author of the book "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska," was, to put it bluntly, an idiot. This guy just didn't study the bears, he boldly walked up to them and patted them on the head. This guy pulled so many of these types of stunts, it was just a matter of time before some bear decided to make him lunch.

This story reminds me quite a bit of the hype over all of the people that were getting attacked by sharks off the Florida coast a couple of years ago. The media was all over this one. Every couple of days, we would be subjected to a new story about how some person, who was wearing a wetsuit and flippers and looking very much like a seal, was attacked by a shark.

Well, duh... Should it really surprise anyone that people were getting attacked by sharks or that this guy got killed by a bear. No, it should not.

The guy that got killed by the bear was known to walk up to the animals and touch them. These are creatures that can grow as large as 1200 pounds and have big teeth. The bear probably thought that this guy was some sort of weird deer or something. It kill him because, without a weapon, he was further down the food chain than the bear was.

As for the people that were getting attacked by sharks... They were swimming in the ocean. They were wearing clothes that made them look like a seal. And they were surprised to get attacked? If you are walking down your street and get attacked by a shark, then you have the right to be surprised. If you are swimming in the ocean and are the first person the be attacked by a shark, you are probably going to be shocked. If you are the second or the third, then you are just stupid.

My father once gave me a bit of advice that I use nearly every day... Let only fear and common sense stand in your way. If it is something that you should truly be afraid of, such as patting a wild bear on the head, or that common sense says is a dumb thing, like dressing up like a seal and swimming in shark infested waters, then don't do it. If it doesn't pass both of those tests and you still decide to do it, then you have taken your life into your own hands. At that point, you have no one else to blame but yourself.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Comments

ummm ya i want to know even if sharks smell blood why would they want to come up in the shallow water if they know there are gonna be alot of pepole and they r gonna get scared away anyways that dont make sence at all.

I am convinced Mr. Treadwell fell out of the stupid tree and hit every single branch on the way down. It's the only explanation that makes since.

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