Mr. Harper [above] will not be available to receive his TTAG IGOTD award. Neither will his BFF. “Ian Catley, 40, has received a seven-year sentence for manslaughter after admitting that he shot 46-year-old Philip Harper in the chest with a shotgun when his friend asked him to test what he thought was a bulletproof vest,” newser.com reports. “Police say that instead of protecting Harper, the plastic-lined vest funneled the shotgun spray into the center of his chest, killing him almost instantly. Catley’s lawyer says that the day before the shooting, Harper had gone to the pub . . .
wearing his new vest and a SWAT cap and asked around to see if anybody was willing to help him test it.
Hint: never ask for volunteers for anything at an English pub; even a formaldehyde egg eating challenge could prove fatal. And don’t ask to be shot – unless you want to buy the farm. That’s just plain irresponsible. [ht SS]