You read stuff like this
and you have to wonder--what in the hell is wrong with people these days? What the hell were they thinking?!?
Two live diamondback rattlesnakes were released in an Arizona movie theater during a showing of the new film "Snakes on a Plane," according to Local 6 News.
Authorities said pranksters released the young venomous rattlesnakes in a dark theater at the AMC Desert Ridge near Tatum and Loop 101 in Phoenix.
The two snakes caused a panic in the dark theater, according to the report.
"That to me is very scary," herpetological association representative Tom Whiting said. "I would hate to be watching a movie about snakes and have a rattlesnake bite me."
Wranglers were called to collect the snakes, the report said.
No one was injured in the incident and, so far, the culprits have not been caught.
Officials believe the snakes were smuggled into the theater in backpacks.
"This thing is under someone's chair and they go to sit and they just push your foot in the air and startle it -- obviously all they got to do is startle this thing," Phoenix Herpetological Society spokesman Daniel Marchand said. "It's dark. They can't see you, you know that well. If it's scared, boom it strikes."
The snakes were released into the desert.
Now I get that some people have brought fake snakes to the theater and thrown them at unsuspecting people during the film. I guess that's sort of funny if you're the one throwing the snake and not the one screaming and wetting your pants from a snake flying on you during a movie about snakes attacking people.
But what in the wide, wide world of sports makes people think, "You know what would be even funnier?!? We get real, venemous snakes and release them in the theater! That will rock! People will be so totally scared by that!"
Yeah, it's scary because if the snake bites you could die.
I fail to see the humor in that.
I hope the authorities throw the book at these two idiots.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/23/2006 08:54:00 AM