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BigRedChief
01-18-2007, 03:00 PM
As always, competition this year has been keen. The candidates this year are....

9. In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.

8. A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran," accidentally jogged off a 100-foot-high cliff on his daily run.

7. Buxton, NC: A man died on a http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/style_emoticons/default/beach.gif when an 8-foot-deep hole he had dug caved in on him. http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/style_emoticons/default/beach.gif-goers said Daniel Jones, 21, dug the hole for fun, or protection from the wind, and had been sitting in a http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/style_emoticons/default/beach.gif chair at the bottom Thursday afternoon when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/style_emoticons/default/beach.gif, on the outer banks, used their hands and shovels, trying to claw their way to Jones, a resident of Woodbridge, VA, but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him while about 200 people looked on. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.

6. Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, CA, as he fell face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle s hop he was burglarizing onto the floor. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth - to keep his hands free - rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

5. This one an annual qualifying event: Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in Selbyville, Del, as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.

4. The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree in Washington, DC appeared to be the robber's first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices: 1) His target was H&J Leather & Firearms - a gun shop specializing in handguns; 2) The shop was full of customers (firearms customers); a 9mm GLOCK 17, and the clerk, with a .50 DESERT EAGLE, promptly returned fire, assisted by several customers who also drew their guns, several of whom also fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt in the exchange of fire.

3. HONORABLE MENTION Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, NJ, and his wife Bonnie was also injured, when a quarter-stick of dynamite blew up in their car. While driving around at 2 AM, the bored couple lit the dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see what would happen, but the window was closed.

2. RUNNER UP: TACOMA, WA. Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the middle of traffic. The
conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men, apparently still drinking, trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge where Bingham had volunteered to jump, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham pointed out a coil of lineman's cable that laid nearby. One end of the cable was secured around his leg and the other end was tied to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy salt water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. "All I can say" said Bingham, is that God was watching out for me on that night, there's just no other explanation for it." Bingham's foot was not located.

1. AND THE WINNER Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt (Paderborn, Germany) fed his constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more th an a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before
the plugged-up pachyderm finally let it fly, suffocating the keeper under 200 pounds of dung. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on him. "The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him," said stunned Paderborn police detective Erik Dern. "With no one there to help him, he laid under all that dung for at least an hour before a watchman came along, and during that time he suffocated." If anything, this proves "Shit happens."

el borracho
01-18-2007, 03:06 PM
They're all winners. Congrats to all of us.

Dartgod
01-18-2007, 03:10 PM
1. AND THE WINNER Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt (Paderborn, Germany) fed his constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more th an a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before
the plugged-up pachyderm finally let it fly, suffocating the keeper under 200 pounds of dung. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on him. "The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him," said stunned Paderborn police detective Erik Dern. "With no one there to help him, he laid under all that dung for at least an hour before a watchman came along, and during that time he suffocated." If anything, this proves "Shit happens."Well, for starters...

Claim: A zookeeper in Paderborn, Germany, was killed when an elephant defecated on him.
Status: False.

http://www.snopes.com/critters/malice/feces.htm

BigRedChief
01-18-2007, 03:15 PM
Well, for starters...
Holy crap doesn't the Darwin award people check out these stories? I'm sticking with the NY Times.:harumph:

PastorMikH
01-18-2007, 03:15 PM
4. The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree in Washington, DC appeared to be the robber's first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices: 1) His target was H&J Leather & Firearms - a gun shop specializing in handguns; 2) The shop was full of customers (firearms customers); a 9mm GLOCK 17, and the clerk, with a .50 DESERT EAGLE, promptly returned fire, assisted by several customers who also drew their guns, several of whom also fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt in the exchange of fire.




:shake:


Going into a gun store with a 9mm? Might as well use a BB gun. EVERYONE in the store was packing more heat than this guy.

morphius
01-18-2007, 03:22 PM
I think there was a guy worthy of nominee during headlines on Leno a couple nights ago, guy had stuck his gun in his waist band when it when off and blew off on of his testicles, when he bent over in pain it caused the gun to go off again blowing off the other.

I swear that dung story has won for like 3 years, something is goofy there.

OnTheWarpath58
01-18-2007, 03:32 PM
I swear that dung story has won for like 3 years, something is goofy there.

Yeah, I think these may have been recycled. I heard the Elephant one several years ago.

Plus, two of those (#2 and #3) wouldn't count as Darwin Awards because the end result wasn't death.

This is still one of my favorites...again, not eligible because he lived, but good for a laugh.....

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp

TrickyNicky
01-18-2007, 03:36 PM
I'm surprised the lady who died from the water-drinking contest didn't make the list.

morphius
01-18-2007, 03:38 PM
Yeah, I think these may have been recycled. I heard the Elephant one several years ago.

Plus, two of those (#2 and #3) wouldn't count as Darwin Awards because the end result wasn't death.

This is still one of my favorites...again, not eligible because he lived, but good for a laugh.....

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp
I don't think you have to die, I think all you have to do it make it so that you can no longer add to the gene pool.

OnTheWarpath58
01-18-2007, 03:42 PM
From the website.....

http://darwinawards.com/rules/


So how are the Darwin Awards actually determined?

Nominees significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way. They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense, and all human races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible to compete. Actual winners must meet the following criteria:

Reproduction
Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.
Excellence
Astounding misapplication of judgment.
Self-Selection
Cause one's own demise.
Maturity
Capable of sound judgment.
Veracity
The event must be true.

[ What about kids? ]
[ Why so many men? ]

Not a Darwin (but not safe either)
* Whizzing on an electric wire
* Smoking in an oxygen tent
* Being hit by a train or automobile
* Aerosol cans, etc., in the oven
* Climbing into zoo cages
* Falling off precipice while posing or pissing
* Carbon monoxide poisoning
* Most autoerotic deaths
* all too common!

Killing others: The death of innocent bystanders absolutely rules out a Darwin Award. We don't applaud those who take others out of the gene pool, even if they share some DNA in common.
What are they?

The Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives: by eliminating themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chance of long-term survival. In other words, they are cautionary tales about people who kill themselves in really stupid ways, and in doing so, significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race.

These individuals carry out disastrous plans that any average pre-teen knows are the result of a really bad idea. The single-minded purpose and self-sacrifice of the winners, and the spectacular means by which they snuff themselves, make them candidates for the honor of winning a Darwin Award. The terrorist who mails a letter bomb with insufficient postage deserves to win a Darwin Award when he blows himself up opening the returned package. As does the fisherman who throws a lit stick of dynamite for his faithful golden retriever to fetch and return to him. As do the surfers who celebrate a hurricane by throwing a beachfront party and getting washed out to sea.

Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards represent examples of evolution in action by showing what happens to people who are unable to cope with the basic dangers of the modern world. These ironic tales of fatal misadventure illustrate some of life's most important lessons.

Most of us know instinctively that the words "trust me" and "light this fuse" are a recipe for disaster. We assume that basic common sense eliminates the need for public service announcements such as, "Warning: Coffee is hot!" and "Superman cape does not enable wearer to fly." But the true stories you will read show that common sense is really not so common. No amount of overzealous caution would have helped the man who used household current to electrocute fish in a pond, then waded in to collect his catch without removing the wire. As you'll see, there are even people who need to be told not to peek inside a gas can using a cigarette lighter.

The Darwin Awards are macabre tales that make us laugh while instructing us in the laws of common sense. Consider the man who crawled under the roller coaster guardrail to retrieve his hat. When the next coaster came by, an unfortunate rider broke her leg on his skull. Ouch! From our point of view, the man who lost his head is a Darwin Award winner, and his story is just another episode in the saga of survival of the fittest.

The Darwin Awards can be considered a rusty chromosome award for those who douse the gene pool with chlorine.

crazycoffey
01-18-2007, 03:42 PM
Yeah, I think these may have been recycled. I heard the Elephant one several years ago.

Plus, two of those (#2 and #3) wouldn't count as Darwin Awards because the end result wasn't death.

This is still one of my favorites...again, not eligible because he lived, but good for a laugh.....

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp


ROFL whooooooops

listopencil
01-18-2007, 03:43 PM
"4. The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree in Washington, DC appeared to be the robber's first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices: 1) His target was H&J Leather & Firearms - a gun shop specializing in handguns; 2) The shop was full of customers (firearms customers); a 9mm GLOCK 17, and the clerk, with a .50 DESERT EAGLE, promptly returned fire, assisted by several customers who also drew their guns, several of whom also fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt in the exchange of fire."


Now that's funny!

Dave Lane
01-18-2007, 03:46 PM
(August 2006, Libreville, Gabon) In August, a congregation's 35-year old pastor insisted one could literally walk on water, if one only had enough faith. Big and bold was his speech. He extolled the heavenly power possessed by a faithful man with such force that he may well have convinced himself. Whether or not he believed in his heart, his sermons left room for only shame should he leave his own faith untested. Thus, the pastor set out to walk across a major estuary, the path of a 20-minute ferry ride. But the man could not swim.
Lacking the miraculous powers of David Copperfield, let alone holy Jesus Christ, this ill-fated cleric found only a Darwin Award at the end of his final path.

(A related Personal Account from Palorca, Portugal: "I met an elder villager who once tried to walk on water. He strapped small floaters to his feet. He floated, all right, but upside down, with his head submersed. He was rescued by the spectators."

TinyEvel
01-18-2007, 03:47 PM
I'm surprised the lady who died from the water-drinking contest didn't make the list.

Actually she's probably atop the leader board for '07

Dave Lane
01-18-2007, 03:47 PM
(17 April 2006, England) There's always someone who thinks good advice doesn't apply to him. For example, if a doctor advises that the one thing you must not do is go near a flame, as you are going to be covered wtih a flammable material, most people would take this advice onboard, and not strike a match until the flammable material has been removed.

However, Phillip, 60, knew better than his doctor. Philip was in the hospital to treat a skin disease, said treatment consisting of being smeared in paraffin-based cream. Philip was warned that the cream would ignite, so he definitely should NOT smoke. But he just couldn't live without that cigarette."

Smoking was not permitted anywhere on the ward, but Phillip took this setback in stride, and sneaked out onto a fire escape. Once he was hidden, he lit up... inhaled... and peace descended as he got his nicotine fix. Things went downhill only after he finished his cigarette, at the moment he ground out the butt with his heel.

The paraffin cream had been absorbed by his clothing. As his heel touched the butt, fumes from his pyjamas ignited. The resulting inferno "cremated" his skin condition, and left first-degree burns on much of his body. Despite excellent treatment, he died in intensive care.

Using the Darwin checklist:

1.Reproduction -- if he has children, he's not having more.
2.Excellence -- this one I'll remember!
3.Self-Selection -- he was warned paraffin & flames don't mix.
4.Maturity -- At 60 I guess he was old enough.
5.Veracity -- Major UK news carriers covered the story.

This ticks all the boxes, and though I feel sorry for the family, his death acts as a warning to others. If a doctor tells you not to smoke, there's a very good reason.

Dave Lane
01-18-2007, 03:48 PM
Hammer of Doom
2006 Darwin Award Nominee
Confirmed True by Darwin

(August 2006, Brazil) August brings us a winner from Brazil, who tried to disassemble a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) by driving back and forth over it with a car. 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.
14 more RPG grenades were found in a car parked nearby. Police believe the ammunition was being scavenged to sell as scrap metal. If it wasn't scrap then, it certainly is now!

5 Submissions

(2006, Vietnam) In a similar event, a Rolling Stone isn't all that gathers no moss. Three men scavenging for scrap metal found an unexploded 500-pound bomb perched on a hill, and decided to retrieve it with help from Sir Isaac Newton. As they rolled the bomb down the hillside according to the laws of gravity, the bomb detonated, leaving a four-meter crater and sending the three entrepreneurs to a face-to-face meeting with their Maker.

Halfcan
01-18-2007, 05:41 PM
died by elephant shit-thats a new one

Halfcan
01-18-2007, 05:41 PM
died by elephant shit-thats a new one

Halfcan
01-18-2007, 05:42 PM
died by elephant shit-thats a new one

C-Mac
01-18-2007, 09:35 PM
Yeah, I think these may have been recycled. I heard the Elephant one several years ago.

This is still one of my favorites...again, not eligible because he lived, but good for a laugh.....

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp

:)

CosmicPal
01-18-2007, 09:48 PM
5. This one an annual qualifying event: Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in Selbyville, Del, as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.



Uhhh, not asute on legalities or anything, but wouldn't his "friends" be accessories to murder? They after all encouraged their dumbazz friend to shoot himself? Betting should be construed as encouragement.

Halfcan
01-18-2007, 11:01 PM
:)

I think there is a movie about this on Netflix-it might be some other dumbshit that did the same thing.

I am going to invent a new sport.


Balloon Diving. You use balloons to jet you to 10,000 feet then you cut the rope and freefall for 7000 feet, then pull the chute and glide to earth.

C-Mac
01-18-2007, 11:52 PM
died by elephant shit-thats a new one
.

Rain Man
01-19-2007, 06:09 PM
(Lawn-chair pilot story)

That lawn-chair pilot story is truly one of history's greatest tales of American ingenuity, chutzpah, and stupidity. I remember getting great enjoyment out of it when it happened, and my joy hasn't faded over the years.

NewChief
01-19-2007, 06:28 PM
That lawn-chair pilot story is truly one of history's greatest tales of American ingenuity, chutzpah, and stupidity. I remember getting great enjoyment out of it when it happened, and my joy hasn't faded over the years.

They made a movie about that guy, I think. Actually, after finding it on IMDB, it's just loosely based on the events.
Danny Deckchair (http://imdb.com/title/tt0337960/)

RJ
01-19-2007, 07:07 PM
[QUOTE=BigRedChief]

2. RUNNER UP: TACOMA, WA. Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the middle of traffic. The
conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men, apparently still drinking, trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge where Bingham had volunteered to jump, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham pointed out a coil of lineman's cable that laid nearby. One end of the cable was secured around his leg and the other end was tied to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy salt water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. "All I can say" said Bingham, is that God was watching out for me on that night, there's just no other explanation for it." Bingham's foot was not located.

/QUOTE]



His quote at the end is classic. I'll be laughing at that for a while.

crazycoffey
01-29-2007, 10:17 AM
Heres a new candidate; catching a free ride to the award ceremony.

Stowaway's body found in 747 wheel well at LAX





POSTED: 8:27 a.m. EST, January 29, 2007 POSTED: 8:27 a.m. EST, January 29, 2007



LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The body of a male stowaway was found Sunday in the wheel well of a British Airways jet at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.
A pilot discovered the body of the young man in the front right wheel well of the 747-400 during a routine inspection shortly before it was to return to London, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.
The FBI determined the stowaway likely died in the wheel well, Castles said. Autopsy results won't be available until later this week. Authorities had not identified the victim late Sunday.