Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:00 PM
Lenin Is Still Dangerous!
A young man died about two weeks ago while climbing a 20 foot statue of Vladimir Lenin in Uvarovichi, a town in Gomel, Belarus.
This young prodigy wanted to show off to his friends his excellent climbing skills. He managed to climb all the way up Lenin's legs and torso and dangle off of his arm. This likeness, having been built in 1939 in Belarus at the start of WWII, was made completely out of plaster. As the young man began to swing on the arm, the flimsy 70 year old plaster shattered and the young man fell. On top of him fell the rest of Lenin's arm. This seriously injured him and an ambulance was called. The young man died on the ambulance ride to the hospital.
In the young man's defense, I love to climb things and in all honesty I could definitely see myself putting on such an idiotic exhibition. Plus, the statue was painted in metallic paint to make it look like metal. Whether or not he realized that it was not metal but plaster is unknown. Apparently this isn't the first time that somebody has killed themselves hanging from Lenin's outstretched arm. In 2003 the same thing happened at a different statue.
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