Yet another Darwin Award candidate


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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."

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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

Postby DrJay » Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:26 am

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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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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:05 pm

Another failed attempt to win the Award:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1795 ... rd-victory
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby Marlow » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:26 pm

tandfman wrote:Another failed attempt to win the Award:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1795 ... rd-victory

Judging by the time of the fall (not too long), he wasn't very high. Haven't many teenage boys jumped from a cliff into a (deep part of a) lake? I did (no comments on my current eligibility for the award).
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:43 am

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:54 am

In order to be a candidate, you have to actually bite the dust. Perhaps he should be included inthe Future Candidate thread.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:00 pm

OK, I guess I should have said "Another failed a attempt to be a candidate for the Award."
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:54 pm

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jeremyp » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:14 pm

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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby lonewolf » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:44 pm

Hmmmm? What sort of nail does one use on cobblestones?
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jeremyp » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:42 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/world ... ?ref=world

Hey it could happen.....accidentally.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby br » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:57 am

"Man Catches Fire, Dies While Allegedly Trying to Steal Gas in South L.A."

In this video report, a witnesses describes the sequence of events and says the guy lit up a cigarette as he waited for his tanks to fill. Kablooey!

http://ktla.com/2013/12/10/man-catches- ... south-l-a/
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby br » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:05 am

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/d ... otel-snake

Python kills Bali security guard outside five-star hotel

A security guard has been killed by a python near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

The incident happened around 3am on Friday as the 4.5-metre (15ft) python was crossing a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, said Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel, which is closed for renovations until 2015.

The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, a 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant, had offered to help capture the snake, which had been spotted several times before near the hotel, in the Sanur area.

Mulyo managed to secure the snake's head and tail and put it on his shoulders, but the python wrapped itself around his body and strangled him to death, Bawa said.

People watching the incident were unable to help and called the police, who came but failed to save the man. The python escaped into nearby bushes, and police were still searching for it.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby 18.99s » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:01 am

br wrote:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/python-kills-bali-security-guard-indonesia-hotel-snake

Python kills Bali security guard outside five-star hotel

A security guard has been killed by a python near a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

The incident happened around 3am on Friday as the 4.5-metre (15ft) python was crossing a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel, said Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel, which is closed for renovations until 2015.

The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, a 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant, had offered to help capture the snake, which had been spotted several times before near the hotel, in the Sanur area.


It's possible that the guard was told to capture the snake by the restaurant's manager, because it was scaring away customers. A 59-year-old security guard in Indonesia probably doesn't have many options for employment, so he did what he was told.

Another article (http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews ... bali-hotel) says three other guards were helping him with the snake, which is another indicator that it may have been an order from an employer.
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby jazzcyclist » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:13 pm

Can animals be nominated for the award?

Two cheetahs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo came across unexpected prey and the result was predictable.

Zoo officials say a white-tailed deer was killed by the cheetahs after it apparently jumped into their enclosure on Friday. A spokeswoman calls it "a normal and expected reaction" by the carnivorous big cats.

The zoo says a zookeeper heard noises from the cheetah pen shortly before noon and found the deer carcass next the cheetah siblings, named Carmelita and Justin.

Doctors will examine the carcass to make sure the deer didn't have any diseases.

No witnesses saw the deer entering the cheetah habitat — other than the cheetahs.

Deer are plentiful in Rock Creek Park, which borders the zoo. The National Park Service has used sharpshooters to control the deer population.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/2 ... 12777.html
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby tandfman » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:45 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:
Zoo officials say a white-tailed deer was killed by the cheetahs after it apparently jumped into their enclosure on Friday. A spokeswoman calls it "a normal and expected reaction" by the carnivorous big cats.

The zoo says a zookeeper heard noises from the cheetah pen shortly before noon and found the deer carcass next the cheetah siblings, named Carmelita and Justin.


You didn't mention that the cheetah's were named after Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin.

The zoo partnered with USA Track & Field in the days leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games and decided to name the brother and sister after the two American runners who placed highest in the 100-meter dash.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... osure.html
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Re: Yet another Darwin Award candidate

Postby 18.99s » Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:24 pm

Deer can jump into the cheetah enclosure ... are the zookeepers sure the cheetahs can't jump out?
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