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Man aping TV show tries to make sword, scorches city, says mayor - CNET


Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Don't copy what you see on TV. KGW News; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's rarely wise to copy what happens on a reality TV show.

Reality TV has its own reality, one that can be quite divorced from the rather more real reality most people experience.

This is something 51-year-old John Gomes, from Cohoes, New York, allegedly discovered to his cost. A lot of other people's cost, too.

He seems to have been a fan of the History Channel show "Forged In Fire." It's a series where some of the finest blade makers in the world compete to create the finest weapons from days of yore.

Yes, these people can make swords just as effective as the ones on "Game of Thrones." But they know what they're doing. They also know what not to do. Put other people in danger, for example.

As the Albany Times Union reports, on Thursday, Gomes was, according to authorities, trying to bend metal...(continued)

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