Origins: In October 2007, an inebriated bride caused mayhem at a hotel in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, merely by attempting to stow her wedding dress after the ceremony and reception. The tipsy bride returned to her hotel at about
Her error was in choosing the sprinkler head in her room. The act of suspending her finery from that mechanism exerted enough pressure on the tiny glass vial it contained to cause it to break, thereby activating the sprinkler in her room. (The vial is set to shatter when the heat of a fire causes it to expand. It will also shatter when other pressures are exerted upon it, such as heavy objects being hung from its casing.)
Smelly, stagnant water housed in the sprinkler system shot out at high speed and quickly flooded both the bride's
But that wasn't the end of it. The sprinkler's activation caused fire alarms to go off, which in turn led to the middle-of-the-night evacuation of the entire
The bride and groom responsible fled the scene.
Oddly enough, this bridal catastrophe echoed an event that had taken place under similar circumstances three years earlier. On her wedding weekend in
Barbara "water winged" Mikkelson
Last updated: 6 January 2010
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