Chit Chat The Darwin Awards

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Zsandmann, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. Zsandmann

    Zsandmann Premium Member

    If you are unfamiliar with the Darwin Awards, this is a website http://www.darwinawards.com that gives an award to those that take themselves out of the gene pool in incredibly stupid ways. It is based on the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest. Darwin Awards are only given post-mortem or when someone does physical damage to their reproductive organs rendering them sterile. :) Pleasant thought.

    Some of my favorite Darwins:

     
  2. (29 January 2003, Brazil) At work, Manoel Messias Batista Coelho was responsible for cleaning out the storage tanks of gasoline tanker trucks. He had been employed in that capacity for two months when he ran afoul of fuel.
    The 35-year-old began to fill a tanker with water, a standard safety procedure that forces flammable vapor out of the container. He returned an hour later to check whether the water level was high enough to proceed. But he had trouble deciding, because it was so DARK inside the tanker.

    A resourceful employee, Manoel forgot the very reason why he was filling the tank with water when he lit a cigarette lighter to shed some light on the situation. His little test successfully determined that the water level was NOT yet high enough for safety. The vapor explosion launched him through the air, and he landed in the company parking lot 100 meters away.

    Manoel suffered severe burns, blunt force trauma, and an injury to the head that exposed his brain. Our witless car washer had learned his terminal lesson in safety by the time the firemen arrived.


    (Iowa) Several years ago, an adventurous pair decided to take their ropes and rappel off the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad train over the Des Moines river. Words can't describe how breathtakingly high this narrow train bridge is over the river valley. The open train ride over the abyss is both stunningly beautiful and somewhat nerve-wracking.
    Our adventurers had to be completely fearless, because they walked to the middle of this narrow railroad bridge, tied off their ropes, and began to rappel down. When the train came by on it's daily tour of the valley, their one mistake became apparent. They had tied the ropes to the sturdiest support possible: the steel train tracks...



    (14 February 2002, Pennsylvania) Daniel and his friend were practicing their marksmanship by shooting at targets in a farm field. But instead of the usual choices of mice, bottles, or birds, they selected a more worthy adversary: electrical insulators.
    These pear-shaped glass or plastic devices are intended to hold electrical wires aloft. But after the men shot six insulators off two utility poles, the shattered targets were no longer up to the job. A high-voltage wire fell to the ground and Daniel, attempting to prevent a serious fire, seized the sizzling wire in his hand, and was electrocuted.

    An Allegheny Power spokesman advised people not to shoot at electrical insulators.
     
  3. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member


    But they do make nice paperweights.

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    not that i'd know, of course

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    ---pineapple
     
  4. Derek

    Derek ■֎؜♫■ Staff Member

    Here are some from 2006, some people were just not meant to be here................