A little while earlier I was going through my usual routine of checking out various news services to see if there any breaking news stories developing when I ran across this bizarre headline, “2 Georgia Men Survive Suicide Attempt After Cutting Own Arms Off With Saw.? The story, as reported at FoxNews.com says:

Two Atlanta men survived an attempt to kill themselves Friday by cutting off their arms with a circular saw, according to Atlanta Police Major Lane Hagin.

The men managed to sever three of their arms about six inches above the wrist, he said.

The two men — ages 40 and 41 — left a suicide note with the manager of their Atlanta apartment building saying they were committing suicide because their business had failed and they were recently diagnosed with HIV, Hagin said.

After reading the note, the manager called police who found the two men in their apartment with “a lot of blood,” the major said.

Their names were not released. Police spokesman Steve Coleman said both were in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital late Friday and will undergo psychiatric evaluation.

No charges will be filed in the incident, police said.

I guess I should be somewhat sympathetic toward these two mental midgets, and maybe even be a bit more understanding. Maybe I will, right after I stop laughing.

As I was reading this, several things crossed my mind:

1) At least the sawer came out of this deal with one of his upper extremities still intact.

2) I wonder, did the sawee loose the coin toss?

3) Could they not afford a handgun?

4) If the doctors are able to reattach their hands, will they ever regain enough use of them to try this again?

5) The miracle of modern medicine has ruined yet another solid candidate for the Darwin Awards.

6) And lastly, this situation certainly backs up Joe’s number 1 reason why people shouldn’t commit suicide, which states:

If your life is so screwed up that you think suicide is the only answer to your problems, why bother trying, you’ll probably just screw that up too.