Death by Cactus

It was self-defense…

Evidently common sense is not that common. There was an invertebrate-waster named David Grundman back in the 1980’s who decided it was a good idea to go cactus-plugging. Think about this. Aside from the fact that the Saguaro is a majestic plant—not only surviving, but thriving in the harshest of elements—it is protected by the Native Plant Protection Act. But also think about the saguaro as you would a sponge… when a sponge is wet (filled with water) it weighs substantially more than it does dry. So a mature saguaro could weight up to 4800 lbs. That’s one heavy sponge. Now imagine that giant sponge is entirely covered with sharp spines. Mr. Grundman decided to shoot a saguaro at very close range. So close in fact that the giant plant fell on him after sustaining damage to its trunk. Sadly, they both perished in the altercation, but Mr. Gundman “lives on” as both a Darwin Award winner and his final fatal poor choice was immortalized in song by the Austin Lounge Lizards…

Fact Check: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cactus-courageous/

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