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Teen gets stuck in giant Barney the dinosaur head, firefighters save her

Technically Incorrect: An Alabama teen finds a large Barney head but can't find her way out of it. At all.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

And there she is, heading for fame.


I know you like dressing up. Don't ask me how I know. I just do.

So I present this cautionary tale of a girl who put on a large Barney -- Barney the purple dinosaur -- head and couldn't get it off.

Dinosaurs are big these days. Kids love them. The return of "Jurassic Park" has only increased the excitement.

So you can understand why 15-year-old Darby Risner of Trussville, Alabama was tempted to try on the Barney head when she found it at a friend's house.

As ABC News reports, her aim was to scare her friends. She ended up frightening herself.

After fifteen minutes, the big head slid down over her shoulders. She was now stuck.

"All the girls started trying to pull it off, but it wasn't budging," Darby told ABC News. "I started getting a little claustrophobic and felt like it was kind of closing in."

Her friends tried Vaseline. It didn't work. Darby said it looked like she had "short little Barney arms."

Her friend's mother drove the Barney impersonator to see local firefighters.

Those muscled humans couldn't pull the head off either.

There was nothing to do but cut Darby free, even if that meant the extinction of a dinosaur mask. The process took 45 minutes.

The Trussville Fire Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, her 20-year-old brother Logan, who know jokes that he's Risner's manager, posted some of the action online.

"She worried a bit when she had been there for a while," he told me. "But after she got out it was all laughs."

So remember all you dresser-uppers, cosplayers and generally playful types, dinosaurs are dangerous. At least their heads are.

Imagine, though, that one day Darby goes for a job interview and someone looks her in the eye and says: "Oh, I remember you. You're the Barney head."