The 2006 Darwin Awards were voted!
Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.
Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.
From this year’s most voted candidates:
August brings us a winner from Brazil, who tried to disassemble a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) by driving back and forth over it with a car. This technique was ineffective, so he escalated to pounding the RPG with a sledgehammer. The second try worked–in a sense. The explosion proved fatal to one man, six cars, and the repair shop wherein the efforts took place.
A hospital patient who had been covered in a paraffin-based cream to treat a skin complaint burned to death after sneaking off for a cigarette.
Philip Hoe, 60 – who was warned the cream was highly inflammable – dodged a smoking ban by creeping on to fire escape stairs and lighting up.
But as he stubbed the ciggie out with his foot he ignited fumes from the cream, which had soaked into his pyjamas. Medical staff heard his agonised screams and went running.
They found Mr Hoe engulfed in flames. They managed to smother them using fire extinguishers and blankets at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
(19 March 2006, Belize) Benjamin Franklin reputedly flew his kite in a lightning storm, going on to discover that lightning equals electricity. However, certain precautions must be taken, as Ben Franklin took, to avoid sudden electrocution.
Kennon, 26, replicated the conditions of Ben Franklin’s experiment, but sans safety precautions. He was flying a kite with a short string that he had extended with a length of thin copper wire.
The copper made contact with a high tension line, sending a bolt of artificial lightning down the wire towards the man. To cap the story off, Kennon’s father told listeners, his son was an electrician and “should have known better.”