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    Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    > Darwin Awards for 2010:
    >
    > From: Sent: Jan 6, 2011 9:56 AM To: Subject: Fw: Darwin Awards
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    > Subject: Darwin Awards This year's Darwin nominees are:
    >
    >
    >
    > Nominee No. 1: [ San Jose Mercury News]:
    >
    > An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former
    > girl friend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the
    > gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.
    >
    > Nominee No. 2: [ Kalamazoo Gazette]:
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    > James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, MI, was killed in March as he
    > was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck."
    > Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung
    > underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise.
    > Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found
    > Burns "wrapped in the drive shaft."
    >
    > Nominee No. 3: [ Hickory Daily Record]:
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    > Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December
    > in Newton, NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside
    > his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson
    > 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear.
    >
    > Nominee No. 4: [UPI, Toronto ]:
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    > 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.
    >
    >
    >
    > Nominee No. 5: [The News of the Weird]:
    >
    > Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had
    > spent several years awaiting South Carolina 's electric chair on a
    > murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in
    > prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix
    > his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.
    >
    > Nominee No. 6: [The Indianapolis Star]:
    >
    > A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk,
    > IN. A Jay County man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel
    > of a muzzleloader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged
    > in his face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19,
    > died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM.
    > Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle-loader that
    > had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into
    > the barrel when the gunpowder ignited.
    >
    > Nominee No. 7: [Reuters, Mississauga , Ontario ]:
    >
    > A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium
    > apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his
    > death. "Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the
    > accident occurred," said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional
    > Police. "It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the
    > balcony," Honer said.
    >
    > Finally, THE WINNER!: [ Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
    >
    > Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and
    > struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday.
    > 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, were returning to Des Arc after a
    > frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck
    > headlights malfunctioned.
    >
    > The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck
    > had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis
    > noticed that the .22 caliber bullets 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, and just before crossing the
    > river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole
    > in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the
    > pavement, and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and
    > abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to
    > repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as
    > intended.
    >
    > Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released.
    > "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off,
    > or we might be 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 this accident happened," said
    > Snyder.
    >
    > Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked how
    > many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck?
    > (Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure
    > as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued
    > that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.
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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    I'm just curious how many years in a row nominee #4 is going to be up for a Darwin Award - that's not the first time I've seen that one nominated.


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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    All I can say for the winner, yep, only in central, southern Arkansas. Personally though I think no. 3 wins hands down.


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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    Okay, I fell for a dumb email. Here's a link to the real ones:

    Darwin Awards: 2010 Darwin Awards



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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    True story. Nobody was killled but there was a lot of property damage.

    I used to work casualty/property claims. This one happened in the middle of nowhere Nebraska.

    A guys fuel pump had gone out in his Chevy S-10. He knew how to fix it because his best friend had the same thing happen to his S-10.

    They towed it back to his barn and the two buddies started to work on it. What they told me was that they needed to empty the fuel tank because of where the fuel pump was located. They had siphoned out the 1st S-10 the year before and remembered how much they hated it.

    What was the brilliant plan? They decided to use one of the guys wet/dry vacs and suck the gas out that way. One problem. When they turned the vac on it ignited the fumes. Boom goes the dynamite.

    They got out, but they lost the S-10, the barn it was parked in, another truck and a tractor in the fire.

    Probably one of the dumber things I've seen someone do.



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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    Had to vote for the barrel ride. Duh



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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    the last one with the 22 in the fuse is fake.



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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    Plus, that "award winner" is an over 5 year old urban myth. Louis Black used that story in a stand up routine.



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    Re: Darwin Awards Nominees 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by CyLoboClone View Post
    Plus, that "award winner" is an over 5 year old urban myth. Louis Black used that story in a stand up routine.
    yeah, I already admitted I fell for a dumb email and linked the correct list.



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