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Putting the shat in schadenfreude

There is no good way for a 15-year-old boy to die, but suffocating in a pile of shit has to be among the worst to contemplate — the pain, the unrealized dreams, the sheer indignity of it all.

But that's what happened Saturday morning in Pennsylvania when the teen was driving a skid loader that flipped over and fell into a manure pit on the family farm. It took responders more than an hour to pull him out and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lancaster County coroner says the cause was asphyxia.

A young man is dead, a family grieves. But scores of news outlets are posting this little item and the Twittersphere is busy with the news. The schadenfreude is strong in us all, and you are a better person than I if the story doesn't make you crack just a joke or two, if only to yourself, with a guilty, stupid smile.

Helpful facts: 1) Six local residents have died since 1989 as a result of falling or jumping into manure pits, which store waste from farm animals.

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2) This is a skid loader (I think):

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