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In 1970, before he became a blues legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan was working as a dishwasher in Dallas. One of his jobs was cleaning out the trash bin. To do it, Vaughan had to stand on some large wooden barrels, which was where the kitchen crew dumped hot grease. One day, while he was cleaning, the top of the barrel gave way and he fell in.

Luckily for Vaughan, it had been a while since the last grease dump, so the stuff had cooled and he was able to safely climb out of the muck. But shortly after, the crew came in and dumped a fresh boiling vat. Had Vaughan fallen in a few minutes later, he likely would've been cooked alive.

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