Many major movies with a young audience tend to spawn cases and injuries from kids copying dangerous conduct. Indeed, some such injuries have led to lawsuits when parents blame the studios for depicting dangerous stunts. Shanghai Daily is reporting a perfectly bizarre case where a 14-year-old boy from Yibin in Sichuan, China drank two bottles of gasoline a day to be more like Optimus Prime in the Transformers animated series.
The newspaper reports that the parents suspected that he was drinking the gasoline from their motorcycle, so they locked it away. He then began to pilfer the gas from neighbors. When they found out that he had been drinking two or three bottles a day, they took him to the doctor who informed them that he had suffered from mental damage and even developed a “gasoline dependence.” The father says that his child was gifted but now cannot add even small numbers.
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