Teddy Roosevelt famously delivered a speech in 1912 after being shot, the folded speech and steel eyeglasses case in his breast pocket having slowed the bullet intended to kill him down to nonlethal speeds. Over 100 years later in Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia, one man inadvertently recreated the event in a way that is simultaneously more modern and more antiquated when his cellphone blocked an incoming arrow.
According to the New South Wales Police Force, the victim was standing in his driveway on Wednesday morning when he saw the assailant aiming at him with a bow and arrow from just off his property. As the victim took his phone out to snap a picture, the assailant fired, piercing the phone and leaving the victim essentially unharmed but for a small cut when the phone was jarred out of his hand and sliced his chin.
— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) March 13, 2019
The shooter, who police say was known to the victim prior to the incident, was arrested for the assault. The victim, meanwhile, is going to be in the market for a new phone, and is lucky the one he had didn’t explode.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics