9/11/2007 Add a comment

this story can't possibly be true:
As Julian McCormick recalls it, he lay in and out of consciousness for eight days and seven nights, hot, sticky and bloody with not a clue as to what day it was or how he ended up trapped in his overturned car at the bottom of a steep embankment in Prince George's County.

To survive, he ate a fish he caught with his hands and used his high-top sneaker to drink water from the creek, the 18-year-old Bowie State University student told his parents.

When he finally was able to muster the strength, he cut his seat belt using a small knife he had in his car, forced his door open and then dragged himself by his elbows, his body racked with pain, 30 feet up to the shoulder of the road hoping that someone would see him and rescue him. Someone did.
So let me get this straight: McCormick was too weak to cut his seat belt but he could catch a fish with his bare hands? Was this a minnow, or a catfish, or a swordfish or what? Did he catch it while he was upside-down, still belted in to his car? Was the creek running through his overturned car?

I'm not saying I don't believe that he was in a car accident and survived for 8 days, but the details of this story don't ring true to me. Give it a read and let me know if it passes your smell test. ben


  1. Blogger William: Given where it supposedly took place, I'm surprised it wasn't a snakehead he caught. And because snakeheads can walk from pond to pond, the snakehead probably dragged him to safety! 9/11/2007