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« on: 04/10/2008 19:19:13 »
We have an American friend of our daughter's staying this weekend. She's from New Hampshire and tells us that the hunting season starts soon.

Apparently, quite a few shooters are a bit indiscriminate about what they aim at and are not always sober - so quite a number get shot, often shooting themselves accidentally and fatally.  [xx(]

The radio stations announce these as The Darwin Awards - for those who have self-selected themselves out of the gene pool. [:0]


 

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« Reply #1 on: 04/10/2008 20:02:46 »
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Examples of Darwin award winners include

Juggling active hand grenades (Croatia, 2001),[6]
Leaving a lit cigarette in a warehouse full of explosives
Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (U.S., 1987),[7]
Trying to get enough light to look down the barrel of a loaded muzzleloader gun using a cigarette lighter (U.S., 1996),[8]
Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003),
Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically reloads the next round into the chamber,[9]
or attempting Russian roulette with an unexploded landmine,
Crashing through a window and falling to your death in trying to demonstrate that the window is unbreakable,[10]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards#Examples
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« Reply #2 on: 05/10/2008 11:52:14 »
Thank you RD - yesterday was the first time I'd heard of the Darwin Awards, I'd no idea it was so widespread.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 05/10/2008 14:12:39 »
RD - some of those are classic. I love the unbreakable window 1!  :D
 

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« Reply #4 on: 05/10/2008 21:03:02 »
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Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (U.S., 1987)


We've all had that feeling of "I'm-sure-I've-forgotten-something, but-I-can't-remember-what".



 

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« Reply #5 on: 06/10/2008 04:02:48 »
To be sure all know what we are speaking of, check out http://www.darwinawards.com/

(And Doc, I did have some fun tonight - I was able to ban someone for advertising.)
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« Reply #6 on: 06/10/2008 21:48:08 »
The power is going to his head!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 07/10/2008 03:09:48 »
No, my dear, it is the Madeira. Have some?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 08/10/2008 22:35:39 »
I'm on the Baileys tonight. Just been to an AGM which was so dull even I couldn't liven it up.

I was hoping a few of them might do something to wipe them off the gene pool but no such luck.
 

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