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RE: virus: Darwin Awards 2005
« on: 2005-12-30 09:11:27 »
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[Blunderov] Yes, it's that time of the year again; the annual Darwin Awards.
It seems to me that very often alcohol is involved. Sometimes, though, the
fact that alcohol is completely absent is even more horrifying.

Best regards.

DARWIN AWARDS NEWSLETTER - December 2005

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The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring
those who remove themselves from it.  Of necessity, this honor is generally
bestowed posthumously.
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ON JANUARY 1st, the 2005 Darwin Award Winners will be announced!
To tide you over until then, enjoy the nominees below.

Research Scientists!  Get paid for your knowledge.
I need short, general-audience essays on deep science topics!
http://darwinawards.com/old/main200512.writer.html

DARWIN AWARDS: The Movie, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival!
See the new Darwin Awards movie -- get yourself to Sundance!
For more information, and a special prize for fans at Sundance:
        http://movie.darwinawards.com

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Darwin Award: FREEWAY DANGLER
-- Confirmed by Darwin

(31 May 2005, Seattle, Washington) Strength and endurance are two of the
most important characteristics that can be passed on to improve the species,
so physical challenges between males are frequent.  In this case, two
drinking buddies found themselves on an overpass 40 feet above a busy
freeway in downtown Seattle at 2:45 a.m.  It turned out to be the perfect
place to determine who had more strength and endurance.  Whoever could
dangle from the overpass the longest would win!

Unfortunately, the winner was too tired from his victory to climb back up,
despite help from his 31-year-old friend.  The unidentified champion fell
smack into the front of a semi-truck barreling down the highway at 60 mph
and bounced onto the pavement, where he was hit by a car.  The car did not
stop.  Authorities did not identify the winner of the competition.

http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2005-13.html
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Darwin Award: PLAYING WITH ELEPHANTS
-- Confirmed by Darwin

(7 March 2005, Hanoi, Vietnam) Nguyen, 21, had been drinking with friends in
the Tu Liem district, when he pulled out an old detonator he had found.  It
was about six centimeters long and eight centimeters in diameter, with two
wires hanging out.  Because it was old and rusty, Nguyen said, it couldn't
explode.  His friends disagreed.

To prove his point, Nguyen put the detonator in his mouth and asked his
friend to plug the dangling wires into a 220-volt electrical receptacle.

Turns out Nyugen was wrong!

The victim had little time to reflect on his mistaken, or whether 220 volts
alone could have been fatal.  According to police, "the explosion blew out
his cheeks and smashed all his teeth."  He died on the way to the hospital.

http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2005-02.html
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HONORABLE MENTION: Clean Brake
-- Confirmed by Darwin

(5 November 2004, Greymouth, New Zealand) Sometimes it pays to use a cheaper
substitute, thought Wayne, 19, as he replaced lost brake fluid with
dishwashing liquid.  He took the car out for a test drive and discovered
that sometimes you get what you pay for.

He applied his foot to the brake pedal as the car began to slide around a
slight bend, but for some reason, the brakes didn't respond.
The car spun completely around, clipped the curb, and slammed into a power
pole.  His trouble was just beginning, though, because Wayne had also saved
money by not registering the car.  There was really no point in registering
the car, he thought, because his license had already been suspended.  Wayne
was sentenced to 220 hours of community service for driving with a suspended
license, stealing two orange traffic safety cones, and dangerous driving.

For what it's worth, his license was suspended for another year.

http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2004-13.html
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HONORABLE MENTION: Oops, Did It Again
-- Confirmed by Darwin

(31 July 2005, Darwin, Australia) A 30-year-old resident of this aptly named
town of 60,000, nestled in the Northern Territories on the Sea of Timor,
just wanted to go home.  But he was thwarted by two circumstances.  First,
he lived in an upper-level unit in a high-rise apartment building, and
second, he had locked his keys in the apartment.

It was 4am.  Some people do their best thinking in the wee hours of the
morning, but our protagonist is not one of them.  He concluded that his best
course of action was to scale the outside of the building.

He managed to climb a short distance before he slipped.  Luckily, a parked
car was beneath him to cushion the fall.  He pulled himself off the
shattered windshield and, unwilling to give up after one small setback,
again set out to scale the wall.

This time he reached the third floor before he slipped.  He was less
fortunate than before, as he landed on his head, yet also more fortunate, as
this knocked him unconscious and saved him from a third attempt.

He survived the fall, and was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment.

Lest outsiders get the wrong idea of Darwin, Australia, we include a comment
from a sergeant on the Darwin Police force: "It doesn't happen every day,"
he said.

http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2005-02.html
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VOTE ON THESE DARWIN AWARD WINNERS!

DOPE ON A ROPE
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-21.html
COLD CALL
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-20.html
FAULTY BYPASS
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-19.html
DO-IT-YOURSELF LANDMINE
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-18.html
CAUGHT IN THE AUGUR
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin1995-06.html
FLYING DUTCHMAN
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-17.html
HUMAN TORCH
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2002-04.html
SPY VS. SELF
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-16.html
SNAKE MAN
http://DarwinAwards.com/darwin/darwin2004-15.html

AND READ THESE HONORABLE MENTIONS!

http://DarwinAwards.com/stupid/stupid2004-18.html
KILLS BUGS DEAD
http://DarwinAwards.com/stupid/stupid2004-17.html
WHITE RUSSIANS
http://DarwinAwards.com/stupid/stupid2004-16.html
OVERHEATED ENGINE
http://DarwinAwards.com/stupid/stupid2004-15.html
PERMANENT PROPHYLACTIC
http://DarwinAwards.com/stupid/stupid2004-14.html


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