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2005 Darwin Awards.

POSTED BY: CYBERSNARK
UPDATED: Monday, February 6, 2006 09:49
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Friday, February 3, 2006 11:08 AM

CYBERSNARK


Just got this in my Email:

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1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked..... And now, the honourable mentions:


2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company, expecting negligence, sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.


3. A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.


4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.


5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.


6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer...$15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)


7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinderblock through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinderblock and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinderblock bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.


8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."


9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.


******A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER*****


10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.



I'd argue against most of these "honourable mentions," since they failed to even imperil their own lives (and that fool at #3 actually wounded an almost-innocent bystander, which should disqualify him). Must've been a slow year.

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Friday, February 3, 2006 3:53 PM

NOVASTARCLOUD


These were great. Thanks for sharing.

darwinawards.com is a favorite site.

I understand this is to be a movie. I can't imagine how it could be a movie, but I'm looking forward to it.

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Sunday, February 5, 2006 9:49 PM

BOWIE


I believe that #3 is not in fact the man that shot the lady as the darwin recipient, but the lady who stool his place. I mean, what did she expect? It was a really inconsiderate, stupid thing to do.

If you play Nationstates.net check out the region Firefly.

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Monday, February 6, 2006 12:34 AM

KANESKI


Only the first one really qualifies for a new one... 2-10 are fairly old stories, recycled. Grats to the winner, regardless.

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Monday, February 6, 2006 9:31 AM

BOWIE


O course none of the above are pobly happy to get the awards......

If you play Nationstates.net check out the region Firefly.

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Monday, February 6, 2006 9:49 AM

GLOBLABSURDITY


Rofl! Especially loved the 5 Star Award--that poor sod! Just desserts I'm thinkin--if you want to call that dessert--lol. Hi-larious!

*Never judge a book by it's movie*
*The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvas a less dark,less sharp version of the truth*--D.Koontz (Forever Odd)

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