The Latest "Future" Candidate for the Darwin Award


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The Latest "Future" Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby jazzcyclist » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:56 pm

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Postby Jack Slocombe » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:36 pm

Stupid, fat and ugly is a bad combo. Also a little mentallly challenged or a bit strung out.
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Postby AthleticsInBritain » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:48 am

The polar bears seem a bit bemused by the whole thing to be honest.

I don't blame the animals one bit if some idiot decides to jump in. Although it's quite funny at my local zoo watching the lions chase bicycle riders along the edge of their enclosure. I think the keepers do it to give 'em a bit of exercise.

If memory serves we had a schizophrenic jump in the lion enclosure at London zoo to try and recreate Daniel being fed to the lions but I can't remember if he got ate or not.
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Postby tandfman » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:53 am

Don't you actually have to die in order to be a candidate for the Darwin Award?
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Postby jazzcyclist » Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:09 am

I wonder what was going through the bear's mind as this nutjob approached it.
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Postby Pego » Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:50 am

jazzcyclist wrote:I wonder what was going through the bear's mind as this nutjob approached it.
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"What a nice, fat, juicy seal for my lunch today, yummy."
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Postby bad hammy » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:35 am

tandfman wrote:Don't you actually have to die in order to be a candidate for the Darwin Award?

Technically yes. However maybe it should be a multi-category award ceremony, like the Oscars. This woman can enter the "I'm dumber than dirt and did something even dumber than that and somehow managed to survive anyways thanks to the assistance of folks with IQs that have to be at least 10 times my minuscule IQ" category.
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Postby Marlow » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:39 am

I pray that her mind was fried on drugs . . .
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Postby mump boy » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:41 am

bad hammy wrote:
tandfman wrote:Don't you actually have to die in order to be a candidate for the Darwin Award?

Technically yes. However maybe it should be a multi-category award ceremony, like the Oscars. This woman can enter the "I'm dumber than dirt and did something even dumber than that and somehow managed to survive anyways thanks to the assistance of folks with IQs that have to be at least 10 times my minuscule IQ" category.


my guess is this has nothing to do with dumb and more to do with some kind of psychiatric condition
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Postby DrJay » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:46 am

jazzcyclist wrote:I wonder what was going through the bear's mind as this nutjob approached it.
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1. Confusion.
2. Amusement.
3. Bewilderment.
4. "She's in over her head."
5. "Seein' things...got to stop smokin' so much weed."
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Postby tandfman » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:41 am

Is it possible that this woman was not aware that bears are dangerous animals? We certainly don't teach that very well to small children, who grow up cuddling teddy bears. Perhaps this woman knew that lions and tigers were dangerous carnivores, but thought that polar bears are just cute.
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Postby Marlow » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:01 pm

tandfman wrote: thought that polar bears are just cute.

I think I've read that it's second only to the Cape Buffalo for unprovoked violence.
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Postby mike renfro » Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:33 pm

Marlow wrote:
tandfman wrote: thought that polar bears are just cute.

I think I've read that it's second only to the Cape Buffalo for unprovoked violence.


And, the males at least, eat their young. At least according to an account I read of a group who had done one of those vehicle tours in the tundra. They were watching a mother herd her cubs past the vehicle, and got too close to some young males. She manged to save one of the cubs, but the other was lunch.
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Postby gh » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:40 pm

I don't pay too much attention to the Darwin Awards (particularly since every year I get them from somebody saying, the 200[current year] Darwin Awards, and it's the same bit of internet doggerel I've been receiving since the mid-90s, but..... I'm not sure I recall it ever being a woman before.

I thought testosterone was usually the guilty chemical.
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Postby tandfman » Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:42 am

bad hammy wrote:
tandfman wrote:Don't you actually have to die in order to be a candidate for the Darwin Award?

Technically yes. However maybe it should be a multi-category award ceremony, like the Oscars. This woman can enter the "I'm dumber than dirt and did something even dumber than that and somehow managed to survive anyways thanks to the assistance of folks with IQs that have to be at least 10 times my minuscule IQ" category.

Here's another candidate for the still-living category:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... ghter.html
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Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:10 am

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Postby Rye Catcher » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:38 am

To bad the idiot survived.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby guru » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:58 am

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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Daisy » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:05 am

And the blow torch method doesn't even work.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:45 am

Sad to say, we have an early candidate for the 2011 Darwin Award.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local% ... -by-train-

18-year old girl goes jogging on railroad tracks wearing a headset and listening to music so loud that she cannot hear a train's warning horn.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby PCSExponent » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:57 am

Extremely sad, and extremely stupid. Even w/o an iPod, who the hell runs on railroad tracks? Seems like not everyone reads The Thorn Birds...
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby lonewolf » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:43 pm

My heart goes out to her family and friends. Having raised two daughters, both of whom turned out great despite occasional lapses of judgment during their teen years, I invite others to join me in refusing to speculate on the reasons contributing to this tragic incident.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby gm » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:01 am

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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:52 am

This one, strictly speaking, is not a candidate for the Darwin Award, since tje guy didn't die, and probably was not in real danger of dying. But putting a gun in the waistband of your pants, rather than in a proper holster, is not a very clever thing to do and can lead to painful unintended consequences.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08 ... oting.html
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby PCSExponent » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:02 am

Does this belong in here? I know there was some thread compiling these cases, too...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/1 ... 24933.html
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Daisy » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:06 am

PCSExponent wrote:Does this belong in here?

Definitely!
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby jeremyp » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:14 am

tandfman wrote:This one, strictly speaking, is not a candidate for the Darwin Award, since tje guy didn't die, and probably was not in real danger of dying. But putting a gun in the waistband of your pants, rather than in a proper holster, is not a very clever thing to do and can lead to painful unintended consequences.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08 ... oting.html


Well if the gun was half cocked........
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:30 am

jeremyp wrote:
tandfman wrote:This one, strictly speaking, is not a candidate for the Darwin Award, since tje guy didn't die, and probably was not in real danger of dying. But putting a gun in the waistband of your pants, rather than in a proper holster, is not a very clever thing to do and can lead to painful unintended consequences.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08 ... oting.html

Well if the gun was half cocked........

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby jazzcyclist » Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:38 am

tandfman wrote:But putting a gun in the waistband of your pants, rather than in a proper holster, is not a very clever thing to do and can lead to painful unintended consequences.

This is the same thing that happened to Plaxico Burress, but lucky for him the bullet didn't hit his penis nor another patron at the nightclub.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:36 pm

Here's one. (Not for the squeamish--it's a video of a really good Darwin Award candidate demonstrating that the wire above an electrified train is not intended as a hand rail.)

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80655924/
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:01 pm

That is assuming the guy is not from some rural area where electricity is a bit rare or nonexistent. I suspect something like this happens fairly regularly, whatever city this is. Otherwise why would anyone be taping the scene?

Pretty horrible.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby lonewolf » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:25 am

Now, THAT is sobering.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby DrJay » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:39 am

Maybe off the mark, but could it have been a suicide? He was the only one up there and it looks like other people kept talking to him but not climbing up.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:25 am

DrJay wrote:Maybe off the mark, but could it have been a suicide? He was the only one up there and it looks like other people kept talking to him but not climbing up.


I hadn't thought of that. The two guys on the side of the train do appear to be talking to the fellow. That might explain why someone was taping it and no one else trying to climb up.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:30 am

Here is another link. Apparently it was suicide.

'One man in India Blames everyone standing on the roof of an express train, he demands something and blames them he will hold the High Voltage Electric Wire Running over the Train if his demand will not be accepted. Actually he was travelling in the Mahananda Express, en route from Delhi to Alipurduar. He had embarked upon the train from Aligarh.In his Procrastination he holds the wire and within fraction of second the High voltage passes his body and he dies with a huge sparks and fire. It is a worrying thing that people started using these kind of dangerous thing as a suicide medium. '

http://www.meetwiki.org/2009/05/electri ... re-is.html
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:01 pm

Actually I think this is more in the spirit of this thread.

'A man who suffered a 25,000 volt electric shock when he climbed on top of a train to retrieve a shoe has died.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11379713
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:50 am

Another candidate:

http://static.winningateverything.com/w ... darwin.jpg

Perhaps the photographer should have been a candidate as well.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby jazzcyclist » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:19 am

tandfman wrote:Another candidate:

http://static.winningateverything.com/w ... darwin.jpg

Perhaps the photographer should have been a candidate as well.

Though the person in the photo isn't a candidate for any safety awards, his smoking is not lethal unless there's a leak somewhere.
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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby tandfman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:41 pm

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Re: The Latest Candidate for the Darwin Award

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:18 pm



Perfect example of an oxymoron.
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