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April 06, 2019

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

New GadgetsThere was a reason the British Navy used to give their sailors daily rations of rum; a mildly inebriated sailor is much more willing to put a cutlass between his teeth and risk his life boarding an enemy ship for bloody hand-to-hand combat. That is one of the side-effects of alcohol (some people would call it a benefit), a lowering of inhibitions and frequently common sense. That's why it is called 'liquid courage'.

So it should be no surprise that when two Arkansas men came up with a brilliant idea to test out their bulletproof vest, they had already been drinking for hours. And I'll give you a hint: they didn't test it by wrapping it around a tree trunk.

Charles Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, 36, were drinking on the back deck of Ferris's residence when they came up the bright idea to shoot themselves.

Ferris, who was wearing a bulletproof vest (not entirely unusual attire for Arkansas), told Hicks to shoot him, according to an affidavit. Hicks obliged, firing a single round from a .22 caliber rifle into Ferris's chest. While the vest stopped the bullet, Ferris was left with a painful welt on his chest.

Hicks then donned the vest. Ferris, who would later tell cops that he was "pissed" about being shot, confessed that he "unloaded the clip" into Hicks's back. None of the five rounds penetrated the protective vest, investigators noted, but Hicks "was bruised from them hitting him."

When Ferris subsequently sought medical treatment for the shooting injury, hospital workers summoned police.

Both men were subsequently arrested in connection with the aggravated assault, according to police.


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