Yet another Darwin Award candidate


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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:21 pm

Pego wrote:
Blues wrote:to surrender to you and Pego, I'll accept being thought of as an "idiot"


To set the record straight, I said repeatedly that you are not. Mr Wieme on the other hand... :wink:


Ditto with that. After all you are still here.... :D
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Blues » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:31 pm

Conor Dary wrote:
Pego wrote:
Blues wrote:to surrender to you and Pego, I'll accept being thought of as an "idiot"


To set the record straight, I said repeatedly that you are not. Mr Wieme on the other hand... :wink:


Ditto with that. After all you are still here.... :D


So far... But if I should die from falling down a smokestack after getting the photo (or seeing a view) of a lifetime, or from a rattlesnake bite or mountain lion attack in the wild, or because of a starter who accidentally used a real loaded gun at a meet, at least I'll die smiling, knowing that I died doing something I love. (wink)

Obviously there are even better examples I could use, but gh would probably delete the thread or ban me if I mentioned them, considering that threads like the female pole vaulter thread are routinely deleted... ;)
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:37 pm

Blues wrote: or because of a starter who accidentally used a real loaded gun at a meet, at least I'll die smiling, knowing that I died doing something I love. (wink)


How about a starter pistol like this:

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/asset/ ... _start.jpg
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Pego » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:47 pm

Blues wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:
Pego wrote:
Blues wrote:to surrender to you and Pego, I'll accept being thought of as an "idiot"


To set the record straight, I said repeatedly that you are not. Mr Wieme on the other hand... :wink:


Ditto with that. After all you are still here.... :D


So far... But if I should die from falling down a smokestack after getting the photo (or seeing a view) of a lifetime, or from a rattlesnake bite or mountain lion attack in the wild, or because of a starter who accidentally used a real loaded gun at a meet, at least I'll die smiling, knowing that I died doing something I love. (wink)

Obviously there are even better examples I could use, but gh would probably delete the thread or ban me if I mentioned them, considering that threads like the female pole vaulter thread are routinely deleted... ;)


I think you guys will approve of my death wish - at 100 to be shot by a jealous husband.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Blues » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:59 pm

Pego wrote:
Blues wrote:
Conor Dary wrote:
Pego wrote:
To set the record straight, I said repeatedly that you are not. Mr Wieme on the other hand...


Ditto with that. After all you are still here.... :D


So far... But if I should die from falling down a smokestack after getting the photo (or seeing a view) of a lifetime, or from a rattlesnake bite or mountain lion attack in the wild, or because of a starter who accidentally used a real loaded gun at a meet, at least I'll die smiling, knowing that I died doing something I love. (wink)

Obviously there are even better examples I could use, but gh would probably delete the thread or ban me if I mentioned them, considering that threads like the female pole vaulter thread are routinely deleted... ;)


I think you guys will approve of my death wish - at 100 to be shot by a jealous husband.


I KNEW it was only a matter of time until Pego came around to my way of thinking! Now I have to work on Conor Dary.. (wink)
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby br » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:09 am

Woman mauled by lion while getting nookie in the African bush. Boyfriend escapes wearing only a condom.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/the-ot ... 6592026723

"He is a fisherman and he used to meet so often at the same spot with his girlfriend who is now deceased. The unidentified man was naked since it was hot. His girlfriend, Sharai, was a vendor and the two were romping when the incident occurred. In fact, they were 'doing it' sideways. The lion came from behind and roared. The guy managed to escape before stopping at a distant where he witnessed his companion being attacked. He later rushed to the road seeking for help", said another highly placed source.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:38 am

I wouldn't call this a good candidate for this thread. More like bad luck and something similar to a bear attack here.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby br » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:42 pm

Conor Dary wrote:I wouldn't call this a good candidate for this thread. More like bad luck and something similar to a bear attack here.


I guess you're right. Rather error on the side of bad luck than deciding to go for it in the middle of a lion's lair.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby bambam » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:53 am

Pego wrote:I think you guys will approve of my death wish - at 100 to be shot by a jealous husband.


Sounds good.

I have a tattoo on my right shoulder - the Olympic Rings. Got them on my 50th birthday.

On my 100th birthday, if I make it, I plan on crawling, or being wheeled into some tattoo parlor somewhere, and getting a naked woman on my left shoulder. Should be fun. Wish me luck.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Blues » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:33 pm

Conor Dary wrote:I wouldn't call this a good candidate for this thread. More like bad luck and something similar to a bear attack here.


Well, it seems like maybe she did choose a boyfriend who opted to run away and leave her with the lion, so maybe this qualifies a little if this story is true.... The fact that the story states that they were doing it sideways, and that she was also known as Mai Desire, makes me wonder if it's legit though...

Sadly this reminds me a little of that old joke we've all heard about the two hikers, with one commenting about the other's decision to wear running shoes in case they encounter a bear... "Ha! You dope. There's no way you can outrun a bear even with those shoes"........"I don't have to outrun the bear.... I only have to outrun you."
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:05 am

bambam wrote:I have a tattoo on my right shoulder - the Olympic Rings. Got them on my 50th birthday.

On my 100th birthday, if I make it, I plan on crawling, or being wheeled into some tattoo parlor somewhere, and getting a naked woman on my left shoulder. Should be fun. Wish me luck.

What will you do if the tattoo dude has a sense of humor and gives you a tattoo of a naked 100-year-old woman. :)
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Blues » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:31 am

I'm sorry for this man's family and friends, but I guess he might qualify, and especially since his actions resulted in rangers shooting 4 crocodiles in the wild because one of them did what crocodiles do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/2 ... 16239.html
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:38 am

I saw the same story yesterday on NBC's website.

"Several of the group in the party witnessed the male being taken in the jaws of the croc for a period of time, and then he was out of sight," Bahnert said.

"The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world. You don't swim in the Mary River," he said.

Alcohol may have played a part in the decision to swim, he said.


Erin Bayard, an employee of the resort where the group was staying, told the Australian broadcaster ABC that crocodiles were very common in the Mary River.

"We do actually tell all our guests not to swim and to stay at least five metres back from the edge of the bank," she said.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013 ... river?lite
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:28 am

BTW, great story on Nile crocs on 60 Minutes last night.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:37 am

Blues wrote:because one of them did what crocodiles do.

Zackly! What part of "Don't swim there - there's crocodiles" did he NOT understand?
As with bull-fighting, I'm rooting for the animals to win these contests.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:58 am

"Crocodile expert Grahame Webb, a Darwin zoologist, said he would not give a swimmer an even chance of crossing the 80-meter-wide (260-foot-wide) river.

"Someone swimming in an area with crocs like that ... crocs are going to zero in on them almost every time," Webb said."

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jeremyp » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:11 am

There's a story like this quite often here in S.W. Florida. "Man gets drunk swims in canal/lake/river...meets gator!"
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:14 am

DrJay wrote:"Crocodile expert Grahame Webb, a Darwin zoologist, said he would not give a swimmer an even chance of crossing the 80-meter-wide (260-foot-wide) river.

"Someone swimming in an area with crocs like that ... crocs are going to zero in on them almost every time," Webb said."

Huffington Post link


Could make for quite the reality show. "Swim the river and live and win $1,000,000!"
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:14 am

DrJay wrote:BTW, great story on Nile crocs on 60 Minutes last night.

I saw that story too. What I found interessting is that crocodiles only attack near the surface of the water, and the only time the divers were in danger is getting out of and into the boat. I was amazed at how little interest the crocodiles had in the divers once they were submerged and how close the divers were able to get to them.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:29 am

Pretty amazing. I'll pass on the "dive with the crocs" and stick with "swim with the dolphins."
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:13 am

DrJay wrote:Pretty amazing. I'll pass on the "dive with the crocs" and stick with "swim with the dolphins."

Heck with that. I'm swimming with my Tinkerbell inflatable ring in my own pool.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jeremyp » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:02 am

DrJay wrote:
Could make for quite the reality show. "Swim the river and live and win $1,000,000!"

Cannot imagine any young male doing this. They're so risk aversive! :roll:
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby bad hammy » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:50 am

Does he get extra points for winning the Darwin Award in Darwin, AUS??
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:09 pm

bad hammy wrote:Does he get extra points for winning the Darwin Award in Darwin, AUS??


Excellent pickup!
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:17 pm

Great descriptions and stories about the northern shores of Australia in a book, The Dreamtime Voyage, by Paul Caffyn, who sea kayaked around the continent in just under a year (about 10,000 mile) in 1981-82. He mentioned crocs, saw croc warning signs, but I don't think he encountered a live one. Sharks, sea snakes, a cyclone, and other adventures. There were three stretches of coast where sea cliffs extended far enough that he had to paddle for over 24 hours before he could take out. I think 120 miles was the longest.

http://www.amazon.com/Dreamtime-Voyage- ... ime+voyage

Oops. Guess no one will be buying this one. Out of print and $$$$. I have an autographed hardback edition.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jeremyp » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:49 am

More candidates. What to do when bored. :D
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013 ... nt/100582/
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby rsb2 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:23 pm

I hope everyone survived - the pictures are great!
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby br » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:25 am

Remote-Controlled Model Helicopter Fatally Strikes Its Operator

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/nyreg ... .html?_r=0

A 19-year-old man was killed on Thursday when a remote-controlled model helicopter that he was piloting in a Brooklyn park struck him in the head, the authorities said.

The man, Roman Pirozek Jr. of Woodhaven, Queens, had been operating the large model — measuring several feet end to end — when it hit him and the top of his head was sliced off, the police said.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:34 am

br wrote: A 19-year-old man was killed on Thursday when a remote-controlled model helicopter . . . hit him and the top of his head was sliced off

Mother to young son: "So Bobby, what happened in the park today?" :shock:
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:32 pm

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Blues » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:03 pm

DrJay wrote:Darwin Award by proxy. Sad.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09 ... uling?lite


I read many articles about this tragedy when it happened last year, in part because I visited this zoo quite a few times while I was growing up in the Pittsburgh area.

Although the mother was obviously negligent in lifting the little boy up to try to give him a better view (since his eyesight was poor), and in not holding him tightly enough when he lurched forward, I think the zoo also deserves some of the responsibility for not taking ample precautions for safety in the viewing area above the African wild dog enclosure. A railing higher than 42 inches may have been more appropriate, or maybe fencing in the upper portion of the front of the viewing platform to prevent falls, as was done on the sides of the platform.

http://westlawinsider.com/wp-content/up ... kosh-2.jpg

The zoo was evidently woefully unprepared to handle an emergency like this as well, as was evidenced by the time it took to find help, and the inability of zoo staff to stop the dogs from attacking the child.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:24 am

Winners of the Mixed Doubles Darwin Award.

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013 ... -on-Tracks
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:03 am

DrJay wrote:Winners of the Mixed Doubles Darwin Award.

What state of inebriation allows you to be so impaired that you can make that decision, but not enough so to make coitus physically impossible? I would think one would already have to be unconscious from alcohol poisoning before getting that stupid.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:16 am

DrJay wrote:And in the Family category:

http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/09/2 ... ry-borges/


Doesn't he belong in the future candidate thread?
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:18 am

Marlow wrote:
DrJay wrote:Winners of the Mixed Doubles Darwin Award.

What state of inebriation allows you to be so impaired that you can make that decision, but not enough so to make coitus physically impossible? I would think one would already have to be unconscious from alcohol poisoning before getting that stupid.

You're probably onto something. It's not like a train can just sneak up on you. They were probgably passed out.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby DrJay » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:23 am

jazzcyclist wrote:
DrJay wrote:And in the Family category:

http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/09/2 ... ry-borges/


Doesn't he belong in the future candidate thread?


Yes, they're just filling out their entry form right now.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Daisy » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:50 am

How about the NYC motorcyclist who swerved infront of an SUV and then broke hard. Even if you have a grudge with the driver of the SUV, seems like a crazy stunt. The group of bikers then mobbed the SUV and they wonder why the guy panics and drives off. And over some of their group. Regardless of who was in the right and wrong, for pedestrians or bikers to confront someone in a car seems like more than a little fool hardy.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:11 pm

Daisy wrote:How about the NYC motorcyclist who swerved infront of an SUV and then broke hard.

So he braked and then broke? Ewwww. :P
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Daisy » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:18 pm

Marlow wrote:
Daisy wrote:How about the NYC motorcyclist who swerved infront of an SUV and then broke hard.

So he braked and then broke? Ewwww. :P

Clever. I think his friend/s were more broken when the SUV driver panicked, as they surrounded his car, and he fled the scene.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/201 ... ing-driver
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