Tara Myers of Bradenton, Florida, took her 7-year-old son, Brennan, to a local beach where they ended up having a really bad day due to an ill-considered decision to bring a swan-shaped floatation device designed for swimming pools to the ocean.
Apparently Myers was oblivious to currents, tides, undertows and other oceanic factors that tend to sweep people and things out to the deep blue sea.
Which of course, is exactly what happened.
When Mama realized the beach was becoming ever more distant and that the swan wasn’t tethered to a motorboat, she began paddling incessantly, but it was too little, too late.
Fortunately, some observant people who noticed the oversized swan was more than a mile away from the shoreline, called 911 whereupon a rescue boat was dispatched to bring mother and son back to land. Mama later told TV station WFLA:
“I literally just laid down on that swan float and cried so hard because this could have ended so much worse, and I didn’t want [Brennan] to know that I was that scared.”
But the thing is, the real story isn’t mama’s dumb mistake, nor the happy-ending rescue efforts. Rather, the story is that without being hounded by the media, mama went to the media herself with her story of idiocy!
She also went to the press with her story of a mistake of her own making because she wanted an apology, and perhaps some financial compensation, and like Myers, she thought it would be a good idea for the media to chronicle her idiocy.
Remember Andy Worhol’s prescient quote from back in 1966? "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
I wonder if Worhol realized that future people would become temporarily famous not for being ingenious, but for being idiotic.