Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Darwin Awards

Father Joe has a fascinating post on the Darwin Awards.

Apparently, the Darwin Awards are the annual honour given to the persons who did the gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way.

Last year’s winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out.

One of this year`s runners up is a 22-year-old Reston, VA, man who was found dead after he tried to use octopus straps to bungee jump off a 70-foot rail road trestle.

Fairfax County police said Eric Barcia, a fast food worker, taped a bunch of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot, anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink Park, jumped and hit the pavement.

Warren Carmichael, a police spokesman, said investigators think Barcia was alone because his car was found nearby. “The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater than the distance between the trestle and the ground,” Carmichael said. Police say the apparent cause of death was “Major trauma.”

For full details of all the runners up and this year`s winner see Fr Joe`s post on The Darwin Awards.

If you want a full listing of the awards over the years, see The Darwin Award website.