Skip to comments.DARWIN AWARDS 2007
Posted on 12/25/2007 6:54:26 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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I’ve got to say, I think #4 should have won. Let me guess...he hit the exact same window every time.
thanks for posting...gotta’ print out for distribution!
#4 was the 1996 winner.
someone should chart these things geographically.
The winner and #4 have been on Mythbusters. Both of them have happened before, at least, 2006.
Some places do seem to attract more Darwin winners than others. Sturgis Michigan seems to attract quite a few.
Does it seem strange that they have all these gun-related incidents, but none that involve officers such as your examples?
| (1996) Two local men were seriously injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on state Highway 38 early Monday morning. Woodruff County Deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday.
Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, are listed in serious condition at Baptist Medical Center. The accident occurred as the two men were returning to Des Arc after a frog-giggin' trip.
On an overcast Sunday night, Poole's pickup truck's headlights malfunctioned. The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older model truck had burned out. A replacement fuse was not available, but Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullet from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet, the headlights again began to operate properly and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.
| After traveling approximately 20 miles, just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the right testicle. The vehicle swerved sharply to the right, exiting the pavement and striking a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require surgery to repair the other wound. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released.
"Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston (shot his intimate parts off) or we might have been dead," stated Wallis. "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how the accident happened," said Snyder.
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia, Poole's wife, asked how many frogs the boys had caught.
Incorrectly attributed to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 25 July 1996. The Gazette issued a decisive statement denouncing this story as a hoax on October 17, 1997.
though #5 is a close second
I call BS on the winner. If the bullet did explode, the projectile would just squib. The weak part is the brass case which would split open.
#2 is really impressive
Bingo, we have a winner. Myth-busters tried every way they could to make this happen and busted it. No way , never happened.
Well, not to rain on this parade, but these people still lost their lives and it is Christmas Day. Maybe another day would have been more appropriate for this thread. On another note, Merry Christmas, everyone!
There actually is no official panel Awarding “Darwins” each year. Various emails are circulated, mostly containing unconfirmable or exaagerated stories, along some recycled true ones, and an occasional new and verifyable stories. One site that tries to be the “official” site, and actually does a pretty good job compiling and verifying stories is http://darwinawards.com.
The 2007 winner from that site as voted on by readers...
“What goes up must come down.”
(20 June 2007, South Carolina) A 21 year-old couple was found naked in the road an hour before sunrise by a passing cabbie. The unconscious, injured pair was taken to the nearest hospital, where they died without regaining consciousness. Authorities were at a loss to explain what had happened. There were no witnesses, no trace of clothing, and no wrecked cars or motorcycles.
Investigators eventually found a clue high on the roof of a nearby building: two sets of neatly folded clothes, and nothing else. There was no indication of foul play, only of foreplay. “It appears as if [they] accidentally fell off the roof,” Sgt. Florence McCants said.
Safe sex takes on a whole new meaning when you are perched on the edge of a pyramid-shaped metal roof.
This is a true Darwin Award trifecta: TWO people die, WHILE in the act of procreation, due to an ASTONISHINGLY poor decision. Bottom line: If you put yourself in a precarious “position” at the edge of a pointy roof, you may well find yourself coming and going at the same time.
Ironically, one of the deceased was named, “Tumbleston.”
(Some reports list the name as “Tubleston.”)
How many years is #2 eligible? I know it has been listed several times before.
Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the best and brightest" members of the 200-man association.
Seems to me I read this a couple of years ago. I could be wrong but I don't think this happened this year
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