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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:22 pm    Post subject: The Darwin Awards Reply with quote

Anyone here follow the Darwin Awards?

For those that have not heard of them, they are awarded every year posthumously for "improving the human gene pool by leaving it"

2066's winners were announced this week:

The Darwin Awards courtesy of theregister.co.uk wrote:

Two Florida adventurers who died after deciding it was a bright idea to climb inside a helium balloon have secured the 2006 Darwin Award - the ultimate accolade for those who have contributed to the "improvement of the human genome by accidentally removing themselves from it".

The full citation reads:

Two more candidates have thrown themselves into the running for a Darwin Award. The feet of Jason and Sara, both 21, were found protruding from a deflated, huge helium advertising balloon. Jason was a college student, and Sara attended community college, but apparently their education had glossed over the importance of oxygen.

When one breathes helium, the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream causes a rapid loss of consciousness. Some euthanasia experts advocate the use of helium to painlessly end one's life.

The pair pulled down the 8' balloon, and climbed inside. Their last words consisted of high-pitched, incoherent giggling as they slowly passed out and passed into the hereafter.

Sheriff's deputies said the two were not victims of foul play. No drugs or alcohol were found. The medical examiner reported that helium inhalation was a significant factor in their deaths. A family member said "Sara was mischievous, to be honest. She liked fun and it cost her."

Also honoured is the chap from Belize who, well, read on in wonder:

Benjamin Franklin reputedly flew his kite in a lightning storm, going on to discover that lightning equals electricity. However, certain precautions must be taken to avoid sudden electrocution. Kennon, 26, replicated the conditions of Ben Franklin's experiment, but without Ben's sensible safety precautions. Kennon was flying a kite with a short string that he had extended with a length of thin copper wire.

The copper made contact with a high-tension line, sending a bolt of electrical lightning towards the man. Just bad luck? Kennon's father told listeners his son was an electrician, and "should have known better." Kennon is survived by his parents, six sisters, and five brothers.

And finally, a round of applause for the Brazilian who "tried to disassemble a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) by driving back and forth over it with a car". The citation continues: "This technique was ineffective, so he escalated to pounding the RPG with a sledgehammer. The second try worked - in a sense. The explosion proved fatal to one man, six cars, and the repair shop wherein the efforts took place."

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: The Darwin Awards Reply with quote

I am constantly amazed by the stories.

fatboyinlycra wrote:
2066's winners were announced this week

A little early? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look it's hard to type when you are constantly alt-tabbing cos your boss keeps deciding to walk past your workstation! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL - I love these, there have been so many good ones over the years:

- The bloke who attached weather balloons to his chair in order to 'float gently above his garden' who rose to over 10,000ft and floated into LA airspace (eventually rescued after nearly being shot down by the US air force, so only got the award years later when he finally died)
- The zoo keeper with a constipated elephant who gave it an olive oil enema and was buried under a pile of dung
- The bloke who straped rocket boosters to the roof of his car to go faster and took off and 'flew' into the side of a hill
- Bloke trying to get a free can of coke, toppled the machine on top of himself

Interestingly, most seem to be American and fond of Army surplus gear. Rolling Eyes Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have got about 4 of the books, read them over and over, still make me cry with laughter Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the one about the woman found dead in here car, she died of deydration

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the stop light on the level crossing was stuck on read (mid texas) so she wouldn't cross. but you could see for miles in either direction Shocked
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