Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Love Transformers, But...

I suppose I can take solace in my fanboydom not being nearly as severe as that of a 14 year old boy from China. When he was 9, this little fella decided that he wanted to be just like his Cybertronian heroes; not by being able to turn into a car or plane, mind you. He decided on a much simpler method [from, via]:
After the boy, in Yibin City, southwest Sichuan Province, had watched the animated TV series, he began to drink gasoline to become a "valiant fighter" like "Optimus Prime," his father told the newspaper.

"He began to drink gasoline five years ago, when we found he liked smelling lighter fuel," he said.

The boy's mother owned a grocery stall, selling small goods such as lighters.

In 2004, she often found lighters missing two or three days after she'd bought them. She later found that her son had been stealing them.

The parents talked to their son and asked him not to do it again. "But afterwards we found our motorcycle's gasoline was always disappearing, and one day when we found the boy had drunk a half bottle of gasoline stolen from the motorcycle, we were too shocked to say anything," the father said.

Parents of the Decade? Quite possibly. The full article can be read here.

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