When I was a kid, I did all sorts of things I probably shouldn’t have. I wasn’t a bad kid (though I guess I wasn’t a great one either), and I didn’t go out looking to get into trouble… But sometimes it happens, and sometimes you find yourself stuck in a potentially embarrassing situation.
I’m lucky in that I never had to get multiple firefighters to help me out of a situation. That’s more than I can say for this young man.
Apparently 22 firemen were needed to free the American exchange student from the statue at Tubingen University in Germany.
Imgur user Eric Guzman uploaded pictures of the incident over the weekend and the images soon made their way to the front page of Reddit.
Guzman said in the picture captions: “He just wanted to take a funny picture. … The fire department was not really amused, and he was really embarrassed.”
As the story goes, this young man was told by German students that it was commonplace for people take photos inside the statue. From Global News:
Created by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara, the piece of artwork is meant to represent “the gateway to the world” and has been featured outside the school’s institute for microbiology and virology for over 13 years.
Police said the man was reportedly dared to climb inside the sculpture when his legs became wedged in the carving. An image of the incident was posted online by photographer Erick Guzman and quickly went viral.
“He was just unfortunate and tripped on his way out,” Guzman said.
However, it wasn’t all bad news for the hapless student: Guzman added his friend was “now happy that he is 1st on Reddit!”
Even the mayor of Tubingen chimed in on the matter:
Tubingen’s mayor told a local newspaper that he struggled to imagine how the accident could have happened, “even when considering the most extreme adolescent fantasies. To reward such a masterly achievement with the use of 22 firefighters almost pains my soul.”
What I don’t get is why it took 22 firefighters to get this kid out… What were all of them doing in that time? I thought that kind of firefighter overcrowding only happened in Dane Cook stories.