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24th May 2005, 23:47
From the BBC:

Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol. A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it. The pair were rushed to hospital after one of the devices exploded in woodland at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Full article here. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4575291.stm) (Caution: link)

henry crun
25th May 2005, 02:07
Already on page 2,
see "Should Star Wars be banned? ".

Pablo Martin
25th May 2005, 09:48
Hate to be pedantic!


Darwin Awards Candidates have to eliminate themselves from the gene pool.
They are currently just in intensive care with 40% burns, so, the most they can hope for is an honorable mention.

Which is a good thing!


25th May 2005, 14:38
Credit where it's due though, surely?
You can't say they didn't try their best!!


Capt Claret
11th Aug 2005, 08:46
Courtesy of TC :E





11th Aug 2005, 10:42
Hottest bit of 'ass' I've seen so far.......


11th Aug 2005, 13:26
Perhaps there should be some sort of "almost cleaned the gene pool" award.
One that almost got into the Darwin nominations, but sadly survived was a guy who decided to set the cruise control on his camper van, then left the driver's seat to make a coffee. The van left the road at a bend in the road. The man was badly injured, but survived and then successfully sued the manufacturers for not mentioning in the driver's manual that you should not leave the driver's seat when the cruise control is set.

phoenix son
11th Aug 2005, 14:27

I might as well be the first to suggest that you check out


regarding this, sounds like it's a porky...Pity, 'cos it's funny...:ok:

11th Aug 2005, 14:40
In France, Jacques LeFevrier left nothing to chance when he decided to commit suicide. He stood at the top of a tall cliff and tied a noose around his neck. He tied the other end of the rope to a large rock. He drank some poison and set fire to his clothes. He even tried to shoot himself at the last moment. He jumped and fired the pistol. The bullet missed him completely and cut through the rope above him. Free of the threat of hanging, he plunged into the sea. The sudden dunking extinguished the flames and made him vomit the poison. He was dragged out of the water by a kind fisherman and was taken to hospital, where he died of hypothermia

11th Aug 2005, 15:36
phoenix son,

I've checked out snopes.com as I thought it a bit strange when I first heard it on the radio. I couldn't find it mentioned anywhere

Send Clowns
11th Aug 2005, 16:04

Unclassified veracity: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/cruise.asp

11th Aug 2005, 16:21
From that snopes entry:Brunvand also points out: "A persistent feature in car legends of this kind is the denigration of a minority person (senior citizen, foreigner, woman, etc.) who allegedly misunderstands the nature of some new but fairly uncomplicated technological device." Since when were women a "minority"?


11th Aug 2005, 17:48
You ever been to Darwin? ;)

11th Aug 2005, 18:18
Send Clowns,

Thanks for that, I was looking in the part about insurance claims and motor accidents

11th Aug 2005, 18:39
a late UK entery?

Flying is expected to restart at an international contest on Thursday after the death of a spectator at a south Leicestershire airfield on Tuesday.

A photographer died when he was struck by a plane while standing on a vehicle to take pictures of the Junior World Gliding Championship competition

Full story:-


11th Aug 2005, 20:18

Congratulations on such a completely insensitive post only a day after the incident.

Cut and paste from www.gliderpilot.net

"As most people are aware Neil ran his own photography
business at www.whiteplanes.com specialising in, but
not limited to in any way, aviation photos especially
those of gliders and the spirit of soaring. As a keen
but not particularly talented amateur photographer
I could only look on in amazement at the quality of
Neils work and the essence that they captured.

Most readers here will also know that Neil supplied
most of the photos for the calendar here at gliderpilot.net.
Something which he did without charge and without
ever grumbling whenever I had to send a reminder at
the end of each month to get the next months photo!

My thoughts are with Neils family and friends at
this difficult time and also with everyone involved
in the tragic accident of a few days ago.

Neil, you will be sorely missed by a community now
deprived of your visual reminders of why we love our

So on21, maybe you should take a visit to www.whiteplanes.com (http://www.whiteplanes.com) and look at some of his wonderful photos. Spare a thought also for the pilot and what they must be going through at this time! (including 6 UK pilots taking part in the World Gliding Championships)

Unsure of your background on21, but if you were an aviator yourself, I guess you would be feeling remorse and not trying to gain a cheap laugh by adding this article to a 'Darwin Awards thread'