Photo Of Man Mowing Lawn Goes Viral (Photo)

| by Sarah Zimmerman

A photo showing a Canadian man calmly mowing his lawn while a tornado looms in the background has quickly gone viral.

Cecilia Wessels, who captured the surreal image, said that she went to take a nap June 2 as her husband began on the weekend's chores, which included mowing the lawn.

She was soon awakened by her 9-year old daughter, according to CBC, who was upset that her father wouldn't stop mowing the lawn even though a tornado was clearly forming in the distance. 

Cecila then tried to goad her husband, Theunis Wessels, into coming inside, but he still refused.

He later explained that he continued to mow the lawn because the tornado was farther away than it appears in the photo and he didn't see himself to be in direct danger.

"I was keeping an eye on it," he said.

Cecila took the photo to show her family back in South Africa, where tornados rarely occur. She then posted the photo to Facebook with the caption: "My beast mowing the lawn with a breeze in his hair." The photo quickly went viral and was shared thousands of times in two days.

"I literally took the picture to show my mum and dad in South Africa, 'Look there's a tornado,' and now everyone is like, 'Why is your husband mowing the lawn?"' said Cecilia.

The BBC reports that Theunis had recently attended a seminar hosted by a storm-chasing association and was able to tell that the storm was actually moving away from his house. 

"This is the craziest picture! Lol. I'm glad that the tornado didn't come down on your house!" one person wrote.

Another commented that Theunis was the "the Chuck Norris of lawn mowers!"

The photo eventually found its way to Twitter, where users were quick to comment, according to USA Today.

"Proving once again that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence," one joked.

Another used the image to make a political comment.

"A man mows his lawn ignoring the tornado that looms behind him," he wrote. "This is a great metaphor for the new US policy on climate change."

The storm caused no injuries and only minor structural damage was reported. 

Sources: CBC, BBC, USA Today / Photo credit: Cecila Wessels/Facebook via CBC

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