MIKE'S BLAH BLAH BLOG: I watched a lot of TV while burning off some use-it-or-lose-it vacation time. One of the times I sat mindlessly flipping through the channels; I stumbled on a repeat of a “1000 Ways to Die” episode. I don’t normally watch the show because it freaks me out. A there-but-by-the-grace-of-God-go-I thing, if you will. (My wife, however, is oddly entranced by the blood and brains. A result of years working on the surgical floor at Thomason, I’m sure, but that’s a story for her therapist and another day.)

If you’re not familiar with the Spike TV show, it’s what they call a “docu-fiction anthology series” that recreates unusual deaths. And by ‘docu-fiction’ they mean they reserve the right to change the circumstances or otherwise embellish the deaths portrayed if they don’t feel the real-life death was entertaining enough. Some of them didn’t even really happen. They’re only supposed or rumored deaths. And they don’t distinguish between the real-life deaths and the ones they took artistic license with so it’s hard to say what’s what.

Anyway, the only reason I even stopped flipping and watched this certain episode was because the segment I happened to catch was about an “overly-protective low-rider” who got his skull crushed in a low-riding competition here in El Paso. ( Way to die #414, by the way)

I don't remember such an incident making headlines around here, though. You'd think a death this unusual would be at least vaguely memorable. The episode guide claims it happened May 2, 2009, but every Google search I tried turned up nothing. Do you remember hearing about or watching this on the news, or did producers fake it for our entertainment? Hit me up with a comment if you know anything about "Jessie's" supposed "Hydrau-licked" death.