It's reassuring to know that in a world of chaos, some things remain the same. Stupidity, for instance.
An Associated Press story this morning reports the ordeal of Yuma man who fell into an abandoned mine shaft after stepping on a board covering the opening of the hole in the ground. How was he to know, after all, that the board would break, sending him plunging into the 115-foot-deep Betty Lee Mine east of Yuma?
Let's see, common sense?
Anyway, the man, identified as Paul Kautzman, only fell about 15 feet before landing on a support timber. He hung onto that for 2 1/2 hours until rescuers pulled him out of the shaft. He suffered only minor injuries, but was fined $75 for trespassing.
Seems like he got off lucky.