Jazmin Kopotsha | Culture Writer | 7 days ago

The Hoover Dam Stag Do Lad Is The Worst Example Of Lad Culture

The Hoover Dam Stag Do Lad Is The Worst Example Of Lad Culture

The Debrief: There is nothing funny about risking your life for bants, kids

People do stupid shit. People do particularly stupid shit under the influence of our dear friend Alcohol. People also do really stupid shit on stag dos. And while this is something we’re all very aware of and, for the most part, pretty chill about, every now and again someone does something so particularly stupid that any trace of lol-ability that would once be associated with the bantics (banter antics) at hand, goes completely out of the window. Or in this case, plummeting into a huge reservoir on the Arizona-Nevada border.

You see, there’s a man called Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes was on a stag do in Las Vegas. Aaron Hughes got a bit boozy on the stag do in Las Vegas. How boozy, you ask? Well, 28-year-old Aaron Hughes told the Daily Post: ‘We made the Hangover movie look tame’. What you’re probably hearing right now is the outward groan of every single cell in your adult body in knowing despair at what this particular #lad seems to think is okay. Hurts a bit, don’t it?

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So, Aaron Hughes. On his absolutely W.I.L.D, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis rivalling trip to Vegas, got a bit hot. ‘It was around 45-50 degrees outside’, he told the Daily Post. So, his resolve was to go for a swim across the Colorado river at the Hoover Dam. ‘We were all just standing there and I thought fuck it, I’m going for a swim. I got to the bottom and thought: I can make that’, he explained.  

What Aaron Hughes clearly didn’t think about though, was the fact entering the reservoir is an offence and that in the last ten years, 275 people have died at the Hoover Dam. It’s thought that the only reason Aaron Hughes wasn’t killed in the process (thus becoming the first person to ever survive a swim across the reservoir) is because nine of the ten hydroelectric turbines happened to not be running at the time. 

‘I literally just turned to the lads, said “I’m off” and they were all cheering me on as I swam across. It’s a hell of a sight to see the dam from underneath’.  


Police officers met Aaron Hughes at the other side of the Dam when he got out of the water, handcuffed him and fined him £250 for his 30-minute death dip. ‘I didn’t realize it was an offence’, Aaron Hughes added. ‘There are no signs saying no swimming - you’re just expected not to’. Funny that, isn’t it? Weird how there are also no signs on bridges saying ‘don’t jump’, or on shop windows saying ‘don’t steal’, or on plug sockets saying 'don't turn on, stick your finger in and throw a bucket of water at me'. But hey, you're just expected not to. 

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