Friday, September 12, 2008

Darwin Awards

Hi MartyIt seems each and every year, people without ever knowing, win the Darwin awards.Penny-------------------------------------------------->>
They are walking among us!!!>>>> You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado> here are the 2008 Darwin awards.>>>>

Eighth Place>>> In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of >>> water> after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate>>> to retrieve his car keys.>>>>>>

Seventh Place>>> A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who 'totally zoned when he >>> ran',> accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.>>>>>>

Sixth Place>>> While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection> from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the>>> bottom! It collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the> beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out> but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment> almost an hour to free him.>>> Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.>>>>>>

Fifth Place>>> Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a> bicycle shop he was burgling. Death was caused when the long>>> flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into> the base of his skull as he hit the floor.>>>>>>

Fourth Place>>> Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who> said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into>>> his mouth and pull the trigger.>>>>>>

Third Place>>> After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front> door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the>>> store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was> standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber>>> announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The> officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers>>> also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the> scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended>>> cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot> wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different>>> weapons. No one else was hurt.>>>>>>

HONOURABLE MENTION>>> Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at >>> 2> A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the>>> window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice the> window was closed.>>>>>>


RUNNER UP>>> Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them> said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in>>> the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least 10> men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon>>> arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they discovered that no one had> brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered > and> pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable, lay near by. They secured> one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge.>>> His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off> at the ankle.. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and > was> rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.>>>>>>

AND THE WINNER IS...>>> Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his >>> constipated> elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a>>> bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm> finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was> attempting to give the>>> ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded. The> sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr.>>> Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the> elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him.>>> It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves.... 'Shit> happens'>

Thanks Penny F.

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