Some instances in life just aren’t worth manning up for. Specifically, if theres a chance taking on a challenge will land you in the jaws of a crocodile, it’s probably best to go home (of course it is) and headbutt a brick wall.
Unfortunately for Lee de Paauw, an Australian teen who won’t back down from the dreaded triple dog dare, he didn’t go home when strangers he met at a hostel (yeah…he didn’t even have personal ties to these people) egged him on about jumping into a river that’s known to be infested with crocodiles.
De Paauw, 18, had reportedly been bragging about being able to swim in the river – so he’s the one who started this whole thing? I take it back. If the kid wanted to jump so badly then good for him, he achieved his dream – so naturally people were going to try and see if he’d actually do it.
He didn’t think he’d get bit, everyone else thought he wouldn’t do it. It sounds like everyone lost this bet. Except the crocodile. He’s the real winner here.
“It all happened very fast. Pretty much as soon as he jumped in, there was splashing and screaming,” said Sophie Paterson, a girl who dared him to jump. “There was blood everywhere and he just wouldn’t stop screaming.”
After getting bit, De Paauw managed to escape, but received extensive injuries to his arm. Natural selection lost out this time, but it sounds like there’s a good chance de Paauw will give it another chance to win out.