Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sweden: Floor collapses Beneath a Weight Watchers Class

"Isn't it ironic, don't you think? A little too ironic, yeah I really do think."

Alright, so Alanis Morissette misused the word "ironic". But the point is clear enough anyway.

“We suddenly heard a huge thud; we almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air. The floor collapsed in one corner of the room and along the walls,” one of the participants told the Sm√•landsposten newspaper.

Then [sic] floor then started to give way in other parts of the room. Shortly thereafter, the smell of sewage began to waft up into the room.

"We're going to have to find a replacement premises," Weight Watchers consultant Therese Levin told the newspaper.

But the Weight Watchers didn’t let the damaged floor stop the evening's weigh-in.

When everything had calmed down, the participants instead moved the scales to a nearby corridor and set about seeing how many kilos they had shed. And this time the floor held.

No one was injured in the incident, the cause of which is still under investigation.

On an old Simpsons episode, Dr. Hibbert characterized such episodes as "traumadies" -- i.e. vaguely comical misfortunes. Of course, if anyone was hurt, I suppose it wouldn't seem all that damned funny. At least not right away -- "too soon" and all that.

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