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A worker died Monday afternoon when he fell into a sugar vat in a Bucks County sugar processing plant and went missing for about an hour, authorities said.

Janio Salinas Valerda, 50, of Edgewater, N.J., was found dead at 2:30 p.m. at the bottom of a large funnel that moves sugar through the CSC Sugar plant in Morrisville, Falls Township, county Coroner Joseph Campbell said.

“It was a giant funnel, and they would go up on top of this hopper and they would try and open the clogs,” Campell said. “I guess somehow or other he fell into the hopper while he was trying to unclog it.

“Apparently, they had trouble with this hopper all day long,” he said.

Valerda’s fellow workers were not sure where he was when they called in a subcontractor to check what was stopping up the funnel, Campbell said.

“The subcontractor came in at 2:30 and they opened up an access port where they can look into the area where the funnel comes down,” the coroner said. “When they opened it up, they saw him in there,” in the sugar.

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  1. Chris Cassone

    February 26th, 2013

    “I Fell In A Vat of Chocolate” by the Smothers Brothers

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  2. Anonymous

    February 26th, 2013

    one and a
    two…

    Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
    Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
    The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
    The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

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  3. Tony R

    February 26th, 2013

    He was such a sweet guy.

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  4. BigFurHat

    February 26th, 2013

    I think Def Leppard wrote a song about this.

    (I’d pay cash money to see it played on bagpipes at his funeral.)

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  5. Moxie Man

    February 26th, 2013

    Breaking News: Chili Lady Finds Finger in Wendy’s Iced Tea.

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  6. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    February 26th, 2013

    Vat Attack

    Good thing they found him before he got to the taffy puller.

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  7. Birdie Num Num

    February 26th, 2013

    New from Hershey’s:
    The new extra crunchy Valerda Bar!

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  8. Kenny Sullivan

    February 26th, 2013

    Oh, sweet Jesus…Where were the Oompa Loompas?

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  9. Moxie Man

    February 26th, 2013

    Hey Manny, switch to the “Light Brown” bags!

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  10. Nash Montana

    February 26th, 2013

    Salinas? LOL! That’s portuguese for Salt. Hehehe

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  11. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 26th, 2013

    He wasn’t diabetic, was he? That would be an insult to injury right there.

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  12. Moxie Man

    February 26th, 2013

    Sucre Bleu!

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  13. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 26th, 2013

    “Apparently, they had trouble with this hopper all day long,” he said.

    Apparently.

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  14. Jethro

    February 26th, 2013

    SEE! I told you sugar is unhealthy!

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  15. Jethro

    February 26th, 2013

    Did anybody check for cavities during the autopsy?

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  16. BigFurHat

    February 26th, 2013

    It’s a shame, really, because he was more of a salt of the earth kinda guy.

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  17. BigFurHat

    February 26th, 2013

    They sent him back to his homeland of Mexico, where they sold him as a pinata.

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  18. Jethro

    February 26th, 2013

    Just last fall they had to pull some guy’s body out of an oven at the bumblebee tuna canning factory. His name was Jose. I wonder if they were related?…
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/mystery-over-bumble-bee-tuna-worker-cooked-to-death-in-oven.html
    .

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  19. Jethro

    February 26th, 2013

    Was that racist?

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  20. Bayouwulf

    February 26th, 2013

    I foresee my death in a tragic accident in a Scotch whisky distillery.

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  21. Jethro

    February 26th, 2013

    His nickname was buñuelo.
    Look it up…

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  22. Moxie Man

    February 26th, 2013

    He finally (and posthumously) will have enough money to be some chica’s Sugar Daddy.

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  23. factslady

    February 26th, 2013

    Gives new meaning to Sugar Daddy.

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  24. AvgDude

    February 26th, 2013

    Hey… My Snickers bar tastes kinda funny…

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  25. Chalupa

    February 26th, 2013

    At least he made the Guiness book for world’s largest churro.

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  26. Anonymous

    February 26th, 2013

    Valerda always put himself 100% into his work. His death left a bad taste with his co-workers.

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  27. Jerry Manderin

    February 26th, 2013

    “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

    Okay.

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  28. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 27th, 2013

     
  29. Dick Clark in Hell

    February 27th, 2013

    This calls for a song…

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  30. Lowell

    February 27th, 2013

    “I foresee my death in a tragic accident in a Scotch whiskey distillery.”

    Bayouwulf, if you climb out to pee, even once, the jigger is up.

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  31. Bayouwulf

    February 27th, 2013

    Okay, I promise. Seriously, though. Just the thought of all that smokey peat makes me woozie. :D

    The Lagavulin Distillery would be Nirvanah.

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  32. Cotton Pickin' Cracker

    February 27th, 2013

    May he rest in Pez

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  33. Cotton Pickin' Cracker

    February 27th, 2013

    They will sing “In The Sweet Bye and Bye” at his
    funeral.

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