You've heard of the venerable tradition of the Yule Log. This is where a large chunk of tree is burned in the fireplace as a way to celebrate Christmas. The log is lit, the Yule (called "booze" at other times of the year) is drunk and a good time is had all around. Or if you're a pagan, it's just a chance to burn a big log and drink. Some television channels, notably public access channels that have little else to program with, show a "virtual Yule Log" burning on a virtual hearth. That way you can indulge in lots of "Yule" without actually having to deal with the ashes of a log.
Modern technology has also brought us a new interwebby tube application that has gotten a lot of attention this past year. It's called YouTube™ of course. And it is a way to share interesting, or weird, or silly videos of various subjects with everyone in the whole wide world. And waste a lot of time on. Well, it appears that a man in Bakersfield, California has merged the two technologies.
He's created the YouLog™. to protest the local school board calling the winter and spring breaks "Christmas" and "Easter" breaks, respectively. As in he set fire to himself in protest.
The man, who was not immediately identified, on Friday also set fire to a Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica, said Fire Captain Garth Milam.
Seeing the flames, Sheriff's Deputy Lance Ferguson grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the man.
Flames were devouring a Christmas tree next to the Liberty Bell, where public events and demonstrations are common.
Beside the tree the man stood with an American flag draped around his shoulders and a red gas can over his head.
Seeing the deputy, the man poured the liquid over his head. He quickly burst into flames when the fumes from the gas met the flames from the tree.
The deputy ordered the man to drop to the ground as he and a parole agent sprayed him with fire extinguishers.
"The man stood there like this," the deputy said with his arms across his chest and his head bent down, "Saying no, no, no."
The man suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms, Milam said.
Kern County Sheriff's Deputy John Leyendecker said the man had a sign that read: "(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD."
Now, we suspect that said man needs more than a little face time with some mental health professionals, and we seriously hope he gets some. But as a new Yule tradition, it was a flop. Nobody brought any good Yule to drink while sitting and watching the conflagration.
UPDATE: AllahPundit has pictures – and a huge discrepancy. Supposedly the guy burned for 30 seconds – yet his hair is perfect. And he had first degree burns. Can we say stunt?