Bored Fools Try To Stop Irma With Fans & Guns …

Many living in Florida, even Georgia and South Carolina, have been making preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, among the most powerful in recorded history.  Homeowners are buying plywood and masking tape to board up windows, others are stocking up on water, batteries and food, while still others are planning to evacuate … where to go, how to get there, what to do with the family pets?  These are all sensible precautions, things that will help to keep them, their families and their property safe.

Still other people, however, have packed their brains on dry ice for the time being, thereby suspending all logical thought processes and instead of preparing to weather the storm, they have simply decided to turn it back out into the Atlantic Ocean.  How you ask?  Why with electric fans and guns, of course!

You know that oscillating or box fan you have in your attic or garage, the one you use in the heat of summer to move the air around in the bedroom on a hot night when the air-conditioning just can’t seem to keep up?  Well, somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 idiots people have jumped on the bandwagon started, as best I can figure, by Josh Stanaland of Ruskin, Florida.  Mr. Stanaland created an ‘event’ on Facebook titled ‘Everybody Points Their Fans At The Hurricane To Blow It Away’.  The description reads, “Everyone takes their fans outside and points them at Hurricane Irma to blow it away from us. Air compressors with a blow gun attachment also a plus, or anything else. Get creative. Date/time subject to change due to the unpredictable path it may take. Not responsible for any collapsed lungs should you choose to blow manually.”

I am going to give Mr. Stanaland the benefit of the doubt and assume he was simply bored waiting for the action to start, and came up with this social media ‘event’ as a joke.  But nearly 60,000 people either a) believe this can turn the tides, so to speak, or b) have nothing better to do with their time!  THAT floors me!

fans-1fans-2At least the fans, while rather ridiculous, are fairly harmless.  The other idea, on the other hand …

Ryon Edwards, 22, started yet another Facebook event titled ‘Shoot At Hurricane Irma”.  The description reads, “YO SO THIS GOOFY 🙄🙄LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US🤔🤔🤔, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST 😤😤😤”  I guess that was supposed to be funny?

shoot-irmaEdwards claims that “a combination of stress and boredom” led to this dubious brainchild.  What … he couldn’t just read a book or play a game of solitaire??? As of yesterday morning, some 70,000 had jumped on this bandwagon. Unlike the people with fans, some of whom may actually believe their efforts can have an effect, the people planning to shoot guns do not for a single minute believe their bullets will stop or reverse a hurricane … they are simply looking for another excuse to shoot their guns.

Somebody created a graphic showing that the bullets would go into the eye of the storm, whirl around a bit, then ricochet back and hit the shooter … or somebody.

graphic-shoot-IrmaObviously that’s unreal, but what is a distinct possibility … nay, I would even call it a probability … is that somebody will end up shot before all is said and done.  Responsible gun owners will leave their guns locked in the gun cabinet, but the idiots and nutcases who will be out shooting into a hurricane will likely kill or maim somebody.  Grow up, people. This hurricane is serious business and not something to be taken lightly.  While people are trying to stay alive and protect their property, these yahoos are out playing with their guns.

A few other silly, but rather harmless ‘events’ have been started, such as “Spinning your arms really fast to push away Hurricane Irma,” a virtual gathering that has received firm commitments from 10,000 people, with another 32,000 interested.


Now … ahem … please allow me a brief moment on my soapbox …

If people … large numbers of them, to judge by the response to these ‘events’ … are bored, stressed, or have nothing better to do with their time, might I make a few suggestions?  How about helping with sandbags?  Your elderly neighbors could certainly use some help boarding windows.  What about offering to go purchase food and supplies for an elderly person or a mother with children?  Offer to take in somebody’s pet while they seek safer haven inland.  Visit your local homeless shelter or Red Cross center and ask how you can help … I guarantee they will have plenty to keep you occupied.  This is a time to be using your resources to help people, not indulging in children’s games. Make yourself useful.  Earn your place in this world, don’t just take up space! Contribute instead of taking. Think about somebody else for a change … try it and you may never be bored again.

soapbox{stepping down from soapbox now … }

On a more positive note, all five living former U.S. presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, have united to promote the “One America Appeal,” a charitable fund that will aid the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The presidents are making a direct appeal to American citizens to donate to the rebuilding efforts that are estimated to cost $180 billion. Officials said “100 cents out of every dollar” donated will help hurricane victims, both of Hurricane Harvey and also Hurricane Irma.  Way to go … these are gentlemen of honour.

One America AppealTo all who are in the path of Irma, not only I and my readers, but the world is keeping you in their thoughts this weekend.  I have read countless articles from the UK, EU, India and elsewhere offering prayers and comfort.  Keep safe everyone …

28 thoughts on “Bored Fools Try To Stop Irma With Fans & Guns …

  1. There has been an urgent warning on TV of a major – I think it was the one of Tampa – not to shoot at the hurricane. When I watched this on CNN I first thought this must have been a joke. It’s incredible how idiotic people can be…

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  2. I would like to think those folks who suggested the “remedies” are simply trying to be funny. But I know of a woman who greets people at Walmart who is convinced the reason we don’t get as much rain as we should (despite the fact that we have been in a marginal rain belt for centuries) is because there is a wind farm South of us and she is convinced the wind generators blow the rain in the other direction.
    As for those who actually went out and bought fans, it does, once again, help us to understand how the Trumpet was elected to the highest office in the land! What a hoot. Or not.

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    • I suspect some were trying to be funny, though in rather an inappropriate way, I think. But others, as you pointed out about the lady who believes the wind farm is keeping your rain away … are just really … I don’t know what … stupid? Uneducated? Ignorant? All of the above? Whichever it is, you are right … it shows us just how a narcissistic, nasty little man was carried into the highest office of the land, and worse … how he stays there. A hoot, indeed … but a rather dark one. It’s one of those things that would be hysterically funny …. if only it weren’t so pathetic/sad/scary.

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  3. Stay safe everyone. I heard on British radio this morning that a French national living in Miami is staying put because he wants to paddle in the surf and experience hurricane force seas. It may be his last experience. I can only think that all these stupid people have never even experienced a strong gale… They are so foolish. The power of wind and strong water flow has no match for destructive power. There could be more lives lost in Florida than in the Caribbean Islands put together with these people who want to defy hurricane Irma.😢

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    • As I was telling a friend on Facebook tonight, humans seem to think always that they are invincible, that it won’t happen to them. I have a friend in Coral Gables who decided to stay, though her son and his family evacuated and asked her to go also, but she refused. Then yesterday she had a change of heart, said she was scared to death, but it was too late, for everyone had left. I am still waiting, hoping to hear from her tonight, but so far no luck. We just never really believe it will happen to us … until it does.

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