15 June 2007

VDV paratrooper breaks 24 beer bottles over his noggin.

This is dreadfully old news, but I realize MosNews (a really entertaining news site based out of Russia) has gone down the crapper. So, I went to the google cache and copied the body of the story out:

Drunk Russian Paratrooper Breaks 24 Bottles Over His Head and Falls Asleep

Created: 26.04.2006 16:22 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 16:22 MSK


At his birthday party, a paratrooper from St. Petersburg, fresh home from his 2 years of military service, broke 24 bottles against his head before sinking to the floor in a drunken stupor.

The young man had served in the Russian Air Force, considered the army elite, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said Wednesday. He was having a birthday party with friends, when one of the guests asked whether he thought he could break a brick over his head.

The young man, annoyed by the doubt thrown on his abilities, made a bet for a box of vodka that he could, before setting off to look for a brick. However, finding no there were bricks in his apartment, he went for the next best thing — empty beer bottles.

He was breaking the 24th bottle, much to the delight of the guests, when he suddenly fell to the floor unconscious. The guests, afraid that he had killed himself, left the apartment, leaving the unconscious paratrooper on the floor where he was discovered the next morning by his parents.

The parents took the young man to hospital, where doctors said he was deep in a drunken sleep. Apart from alcoholic intoxication, the doctors found a number of bruises to the head and a concussion.

When the man regained consciousness, he refused to stay in hospital for further treatment and left as soon as he could.

"[He] made a bet for a box of vodka..." For some reason this doesn't surprise me. Not because I think that all Russians are alcoholics but Vodka probably works better than rubles as a currency in Russia.

Here is a link of the original page still available with Google cache.

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