Claim: Firemen successfully rescue a stranded cat, then run over it as they are leaving.
Example: [Pile, 1979]
During the firemen’s strike of 1978, the British Army had taken over emergency fire fighting and on
This legend’s key is the irony that the very people who come to rescue a cat end up inadvertently killing it. Though this story has since entered the realm of legend and is now told as happening in a number of different venues, it might have originated with a real incident that took place in 1978 and was subsequently reported as an “And
Barbara “ooh, that run-down feeling” Mikkelson
Last updated: 1 August 2011
Brunvand, Jan Harold. Curses! Broiled Again! New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. ISBN 0-393-30711-5 (pp. 163-165). Bryson, Bill. The Blook of Bunders (Bizarre World). Great Britain: Sphere Books Ltd., 1982. Marsano, William. Man Suffocated By Potatoes. New York: Signet, 1987. (pp. 215-216). Pile, Stephen. The Book of Heroic Failures. London: Penguin, 1979. Shannon, Sarah. “And Finally . . . The Gaffes.” The [London] Evening Standard. 3 March 1999 (p. 56).
Also told in:
Petras, Ross and Kathryn. The 176 Stupidest Things Ever Done. New York: Doubleday, 1996. ISBN 0-385-48341-4 (p. 144).