Here’s my runner up for best story of 2009:
NHL hockey player Brendan Witt of the New York Islanders was walking across the street in Philadelphia to get a cup of coffee hours before a game he had that night, when a gold SUV made an illegal left turn and hit him, knocking him to the pavement.
Witnesses rushed to help him, and began calling the police and an ambulance when Witt got up, brushed himself off, began hurling profanities at the driver, and told the on-lookers “I’m a hockey player. I’m OK. No big deal,” and then continued walking across the street to get his latte at Starbucks, went to the arena, where he played his usual 18 minutes of professional hockey that night.
And the winner for best story of 2009 all-time.
An animal trainer/street performer in China taught his team of monkeys to perform Kung Fu on each other for the entertainment of those passing by. But when the trainer slipped during a performance, the monkeys turned on him, attacked him using the tawkwondo moves he had taught them.
“They were leaping and jumping all over the place – it was better than a Bruce Lee film.”