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7 Reasons That Attacking A Train With A Bag Of Stones And Excrement Is A Bad Idea

Posted on August 11, 2011 in Posts | 0 comments

It is said that everyone remembers where they were when they heard that JFK had been assassinated.  Similarly, that everyone remembers where they were when Princess Diana died.  I don’t know about that.  One thing is for sure though, I will always remember where I was when I heard that a train had been attacked using a bag containing stones and excrement suspended from a wire.  Here are seven reasons that it’s a bad idea.

1.  It’s Unfriendly.  I admit, sometimes we’ve had houseguests that have overstayed their welcome and I’ve wanted them to go and I’ve become fractious and my conversation has become terse and curt, and my wife has rebuked me for that by suggesting that I’m, “…not being very friendly”, but never, ever have I considered attacking a houseguest with a bag of stones and excrement.  This would be the level of friendliness you could expect if your enemy’s enemy was Uday Hussein.  On the Hitlerian scale of unfriendliness (which, having just thought of it, I’m going to begin work on right now), this will rate quite high.

2.  It’s Mind-Boggling.  What do you hope to accomplish by attacking a train with a bag of stones and excrement?  If we consider it as an act of vandalism, I can understand the use of stones*.  But excrement?  Why would anyone do this?  What is the point of this?  It’s so mind-boggling that it defies both rational and irrational explanation (which is a shame, as that’s one of my “gifts”).  My mind is officially boggled.

3.  It Serves No Purpose.  While, in major cities across the nation, there are people committing antisocial acts for personal gain and ending up owning iPhones and Tesco Value Basmati Rice, what happens in Yorkshire?  A train is attacked with a bag of stones and excrement.  But it’s hard to see the benefit of covering a train in poo.  While Londoners are sitting back and watching their new, free HDTVs (or HD ready if they nicked the wrong one) what does the perpetrator of this act gain?  The satisfaction of having got poo on a train?  You could just visit the restaurant car for that sensation.  There is no rational motive.

4.  It Causes Temporary Homelessness.  When I saw the headline Vandals attack train with bag of stones and excrement  yesterday, I have to say that it caused me to laugh.  Rather a lot.  In fact, I laughed so long and so hard that I woke my wife from her afternoon nap and she banished my son and I from the house.  It was raining so we had to go to the pub.  This is not a complaint, by the way, it’s an observation.

5.  Seriously, It’s More Mind-Boggling.  PC Gary Shepherd of the British Transport Police said: “A lot of planning must have gone into this…”.  He’s right.  Where do you get a bag of excrement from?  Is it something that the culprit found lying around?  Did they have to shit into a bag for several weeks until they had enough?  Did he** solicit the help of friends and family?  Did he offer to buy the poo from strangers?  Did he steal the poo from somewhere?  Outside of a blaxploitation flick, where the hell do you get a bag of shit from?

6.  Frustratingly, It Hints At Greatness.  What begets greatness?  Usually a fusion of innovation and endeavour.  No one can deny that attacking a train with a bag of stones and excrement is innovative:  Infinite monkey theorem suggests that, “a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare”, but could a monkey with a bag and some stones living near a railway line ever conceive of this act?  I think not.  It also shows dedication.  Not only was the bag meticulously rigged, but the act of gathering (or producing and collecting) all that poo shows dedication, self-motivation and commitment to the cause.  This person could probably produce work of greatness and real cultural and social worth.  If they weren’t a vile and abhorrent weirdo that gets their jollies by spattering trains with a cocktail of turds, that is.

7.  What If You Get Caught?  It’s an oft-repeated maxim that “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”  But what is the time in this case?  It’s a life sentence, because anyone being convicted for attacking a train with a bag of stones and excrement would surely receive a massive amount of publicity.  International publicity.  Every last person in the world would know who this person was, and there’s only one nickname that would be bestowed on him.  Shitbag.  People will point in the street and shout “Shitbag”.  People in the pub will greet him by saying, “Evening, Shitbag”.  It will become so ingrained that his family will probably address him as Shitbag: “Can you pass the gravy, Shitbag?” “Don’t forget it’s the PTA meeting this evening, Shitbag.” “Oooh, look into my eyes and tell me I’m your little panda-bear again, Shitbag.”  That’s a proper life sentence.  Shitbag.

*I can’t really, it’s just a lot more conventional.

**It’s a he.  While I’m a firm believer in equality, this is too weird for a woman to be involved in.

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