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3rd Jan 2015, 08:49
R100 is £5.60. Value of a life?
Beeld is the ZA equivalent of the Daily Scum. No, that's possibly an insult to the Scum.
Port Elizabeth - A man who drowned and his friend were dared to jump off the Shark Rock Pier, Port Elizabeth, for a R100 incentive, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday.
“It was clear that neither of the men thought for a second that it was dangerous to jump from the pier,” Jennifer Isaacs, an eyewitness to the incident, was quoted as saying.

She said when she arrived on the pier on Thursday, the two men were already in front of the wooden railings on the end of the pier.

“Their friend encouraged them with the R100,” she said.

The men jumped in shortly after each other.

On Saturday, Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said the body of a 17-year-old was found close to the pier.

“The body of the man who jumped and went missing was discovered on Friday morning after he and a friend dared one another to jump off the pier,” he said.

He could not confirm the Beeld report on the R100 incentive.

On Friday, National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon the first man began struggling in the water after he jumped from the pier.
His 25-year-old friend dived in after him. However, while bystanders rescued the first man, his friend was swept to sea. - Sapa

3rd Jan 2015, 17:10
The human animal is subject to Natural Selection just as the rest of the world's fauna is.

3rd Jan 2015, 17:17
No, I'm sorry mikedreamer.
Our society has now been altered to facilitate the survival and breeding of the 'lowest common denominators'.

3rd Jan 2015, 17:22
One assumes the water is not always like this, or are we just not seeing the sharks? Otherwise, what am I missing?


3rd Jan 2015, 17:26
Our society has now been altered to facilitate the survival and breeding of the 'lowest common denominators'.

An idiocracy of sorts? Yes I think that's unfortunately true. :(

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Jan 2015, 18:18
Biggest C. Carcharadon I ever saw was in those waters while spearfishing. Came past me like a submarine. Damned near filled my wetsuit with dung.

3rd Jan 2015, 23:42
Yeah....I'm with Gordy!!...what is wrong with that!!, (aside from Carcharius Carcharadon as mentioned by SRT), that is utterly benign! :confused:

4th Jan 2015, 00:32
Maybe something like this got 'im.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/s480x480/16202_10153037132093987_4238119579280435981_n.jpg?oh=dc83389 09d5899a4d0c73120ea494a33&oe=5528CFC7&__gda__=1430431138_14d09a629c6001b64260a8d80e0905ad

Stolen from one T. Draper.

4th Jan 2015, 01:14
Pigboat, I have one of those in my aquarium in the study. He turns his nose up at the fish food, but enjoys being thrown the occasion vacuum salesman or Jehovah's Witness.

4th Jan 2015, 03:48
Vacuum salesman? JW? You take care of that ugly bugger, you hear? ;)

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jan 2015, 05:19
Gordy and Fliegs

If it's the demographic I think it is, they're not known for their swimming skills and were more than likely awash in festive cheer. Shark Rock is not far from there and is aptly named, being a spot preferred by fur seals who in turn attract the taxman. C. Carcharadon would not be the major problem as they're pretty bright and know you don't taste like fish. In fact the one I saw just came past me and checked me out before disappearing in the murk. The nasty buggers are C. Leucas. Of course, the tourist industry has taken to chumming and offering shark diving tours which could make them associate humans with food. Recent attacks suggest this could be the case, but at that time they knew they were the boss and everything else just got out of their way.

4th Jan 2015, 06:26
Ah yes...C. Leucas are an issue around these parts to be sure!....fascinating local study done on them here....


And I remember this woman, 'nipped' by a baby Bull Shark...

A shark expert has confirmed the bite marks on the leg of a Surfers Paradise woman are likely the work of a juvenile bullshark | Gold Coast Bulletin (http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/a-shark-expert-has-confirmed-the-bite-marks-on-the-leg-of-a-surfers-paradise-woman-are-likely-the-work-of-a-juvenile-bullshark/story-fnj94idh-1226934058535)

I'd say unlucky....but.....they're everywhere here.....so many miles of canals and river...

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jan 2015, 06:39
They're called Zambezi sharks around here as they've hit people a couple of hundred km upriver. The only two I've ever had any trouble with while spearfishing have been Zambi and Tiger sharks. The Zambis are after your fish and will give you a bloody hard time to get it. When you shoot, it's like the dinner gong for them in some places.

Tigers are just arseholes.

Species edited in previous post for mong spleilng.

4th Jan 2015, 06:45
Nothing to do with sharks, the idiot was swept out to sea which was pretty rough that day I think, and almost certainly couldn't have swum even if sober. As SRT says, it's the demographic.

4th Jan 2015, 06:58
Ah....yes.....I believe I can read 'Demographic'...... ;)

Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/boy-12-lands-15m-bull-shark-with-hand-reel/story-e6frg6n6-1226626682385?nk=1f8d39496e486f97c3ed21206e513db5)

I want to go out and catch one sometime...the Jaws would look perfect in my 1970's style bar!!!

4th Jan 2015, 07:21
Agreed, Fliegs.
Tte Bull/Zambesi shark will have a go at anything
They are simply - aggressive, self-propelled garbage cans.
BTW, I couldn't get past the cover page of your Griffith Uni Thesis link.
p.s. got through to it eventually. Thanks for that - I look forward to reading it in detail

Right! Tigers are just @rseholes.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jan 2015, 07:23
Sadly, that sector of the population have a huge alcohol problem, with foetal alcohol syndrome quite common among newborns at one point. Haven't heard much about it lately, so hopefully it's under control.

unstable load
4th Jan 2015, 15:45
Sadly, that sector of the population have a huge alcohol problem, with foetal alcohol syndrome quite common among newborns at one point. Haven't heard much about it lately, so hopefully it's under control.
Nah, they just stopped counting and reporting on it, most likely. Too much like work for them.
Funnily enough, another characteristic......

4th Jan 2015, 17:45
Mr Twotter.
How effective would your spearfishing gun be, against; C. Carcharadon ?
Does the subsurface attack happen, so quick to rule out defense: buddy hunt?
Returns to oven for pizza: safer.

4th Jan 2015, 18:03
Thread Drift (apologies) - Pigboat, re post #8 - that looks like a distance relative of this land-dwelling beasty. This one was caught in the Pyrannees about nine years ago.


4th Jan 2015, 18:11
Devil fish - snopes.com (http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=68313)

tony draper
4th Jan 2015, 18:14
You would have been quite safe with that beast Mr OFSO,a knowledge of natural history would tell you it is a vegetarian,no carnivore since the very dawn of time has had horns.

4th Jan 2015, 18:16
OFSO, horny bugger, ain't he?

4th Jan 2015, 19:51
I agree, bulls are nasty. I lost a rocket fin I couldn't afford to one (well, ok, I got a bit close intentionally, but the scratch on the top of my foot got me some sympathy from a cute girl on the beach...)

Tigers are fun to catch and make the best shark and bake.

4th Jan 2015, 19:58
A few years ago, a woman was bitten by a bull shark while swimming near the tidal limit of the Parramatta River, one of the most polluted rivers in Australia. Early hours of the morning, alcohol may have been involved, no sober shark would swim there.

5th Jan 2015, 00:56
We have a early 2015 Darwin Award entrant from Western Australia who comes highly recommended.

A 26 yr old man riding a Yamaha 250cc trail bike guns his bike up the face of a 10M sand dune at Lancelin, W.A. at high speed.
Upon launching himself over the top of the dune, he's faced with an area of jagged rocks below the steep drop on the other side of the dune as his LZ.
He lands on the rocks and dies as a result. I reckon we have an early winner here.


5th Jan 2015, 09:50
That would've been rather interesting to look at if one had've been there Mr onetrack.

I'm all for idiots wiping themselves out in spectacular form.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Jan 2015, 15:14
How effective would your spearfishing gun be, against; C. Carcharadon ?

Depends what you're tooled up with in the way of powerheads, and the size of C. Carcharadon. Mostly they leave divers and spearfishermen alone, although they might put on a show of force. Buggers are bright enough to distinguish between fatty rubber covered junk food and what tastes good.

Just the normal speargun against a big boy? Wasting your time. He won't even notice it.

5th Jan 2015, 19:30

6th Jan 2015, 21:09
Video: Off-duty police officer accidentally shoots himself in a lift - Americas - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/video-offduty-police-officer-accidentally-shoots-himself-in-a-lift-9960190.html)

Lon More
6th Jan 2015, 21:33
OFSOs thing looks like it's sitting on a three wheeler/ An early rep for Trotters' Independant Trading?

Krystal n chips
10th Jan 2015, 06:03
Sadly, two UK entrants who decided that " I must go down to the sea again, the lonely sea and the sky" was a good idea........note the wx in the last paragraph...

BBC News - Brighton: Search under way for two men missing in sea (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30759090)

10th Jan 2015, 06:27
And the time Krystal......01:00...Sat morn. Obviously they had a skinful.....

Yep, weather sounds dreadful........but 'very high waves'?

Once upon a time, I actually resided at 5/12 Grand Parade (if I recall corectly) Brighton........I never ever saw a very high wave :hmm:......(saw some very queer residents though :uhoh:) Never knew that Brighton was known as 'London by the Sea', and it had a gay population to put Sydney to shame...

Long ago now.....must go back some day...

10th Jan 2015, 13:52
WRT the sexuality of the population of Brighton, I wonder whether this is due to inward movement of established homosexuals or conversion of existing residents?

10th Jan 2015, 14:39
"...or conversion of existing residents?"

I seem to remember an entry on the 'funnies' page of Playboy, sometime in the sixties...
"Research has shown that 88% of gays were sucked into it."

10th Jan 2015, 21:41
Do the drivers here get included?

LiveLeak.com - Close to 200 cars pile-up yesterday morning in Michigan

14th Jan 2015, 08:45
Looks like someone's been burning something. := The smoke from fireworks caused that huge crash on the M6 a couple of years ago.

14th Jan 2015, 10:06
no carnivore since the very dawn of time has had horns. Tsk, tsk, Mr D.....

Carnotaurus (http://dinosaurs.wikia.com/wiki/Carnotaurus)


14th Jan 2015, 10:13
People don't slow down or stop when visibility is reduced.

Recently out in the sticks I came across fog and my visibility was no more than 50m.There was a convenient side road,so I stopped there to wait for the fog to lift.I watched at least 50 vehicles including large trucks whizz by,none of them even slowing down.In a 100km/hr zone,that's a bit under 2 secs to stop completely to avoid an obstacle.

tony draper
14th Jan 2015, 10:17
Prolly its thumb bones they stuck on its noggin by mistake Mr ORAC, they did that with the Alosausus stuck its thumb on its brow and had it wandering the Triassic wi a horn like a Rhino.

14th Jan 2015, 10:33
From Mr. Hokistix. The smoke from fireworks caused that huge crash on the M6 a couple of years ago. 10th Jan 2015 22:41

I suspect you mean the M5, near Taunton. I don't recall anything similar on the M6. Also the coroner found it wasn't the fireworks that was responsible.:-The Coroner in the M5 crash inquest has dismissed the possibility that smoke from the nearby firework display at Taunton Rugby Club caused the accident.

There was some very thick fog round that night as well (it was an interesting night round here, particularly for the emergency services; the M5 was closed because of the accident with traffic diverted through Bridgwater. Which was closed because it was the night of Bridgwater Carnival, so there was only one route open through some 'back doubles'. Which also closed because, during carnival, the river wall collapsed (adjacent to but not on the procession route). All in thick fog. Like I say, interesting).

14th Jan 2015, 18:08
No confirmation either way, but I suspect this guy is a candidate for this year's award.

Is it bird? Is it a plane?

15th Jan 2015, 05:08
Man electrocuted at Northland campground | Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65068436/Man-electrocuted-at-Northland-campground)

15th Jan 2015, 05:53
Mad'sDad, you are correct, my mistake, M5 not M6. :ok:

(Secretly I suspect the smoke actually did make everything worse, but that no-one really wanted to blame the Rugby Club)

Krystal n chips
15th Jan 2015, 06:05
" but that no-one really wanted to blame the Rugby Club) "

Unfortunately Mr Stix, ( this isn't a criticism of yourself here ) this wasn't the case.

As with the well known policy of "when in doubt, arrest the first convenient eccentric and make up the case as you go along thereafter ) initially, Avon and Somerzets "less than finest" did precisely that, although they do have a well established record in this respect.

15th Jan 2015, 07:27
Goodness me angels!! I hope he didn't hurt any rocks!!

15th Jan 2015, 08:19
There are many other similar vids on YT.
The thing they have in common is that they're mostly from the Middle East.

When things become badly unglued, they just shrug - and put it down to "The Will of Allah".

16th Jan 2015, 22:16
Two likely candidates although one is definitely a posthumous award.

Lorry driver gets seven years for killing friend who asked him to test out his new 'bulletproof' vest - with a SHOTGUN | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2913623/Lorry-driver-gets-seven-years-killing-friend-asked-test-new-bulletproof-vest-SHOTGUN.html)

Turbine D
17th Jan 2015, 02:05
Probably was taking a spectacular selfie:

College student falls 8 floors, lands on pedestrian, dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University is offering grief counseling after a freshman student plunged to her death while taking photographs from an eighth-floor window ledge in downtown Philadelphia.
The University President identified the student as an 18-year-old.
Police say she slipped and fell Thursday evening as she tried to get back inside from the ledge. She landed on a pedestrian on the sidewalk outside an H&M store on Chestnut Street near tony Rittenhouse Square Park.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.
The 44-year-old pedestrian is hospitalized with broken vertebrae and missing teeth.

17th Jan 2015, 22:45
This sounds like a sensible thing to do. What could possibly go wrong?

Man shocked while climbing electrical pole at Gold Coast railway station - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-18/man-shocked-while-climbing-electrical-pole-on-gold-coast/6023546)

Lon More
20th Jan 2015, 15:40
a failure but I'm sure he'll be back. Just keep throwing money at itVideo: Reckless Lamborghini driver crashes at 320kph on public roads - Independent.ie (http://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/video-reckless-lamborghini-driver-crashes-at-320kph-on-public-roads-30918773.html)

20th Jan 2015, 15:49
He had filmed himself doing pushups and lifting weights on train tracks on numerous occasions without a problem

Fitness instructor Greg Plitt killed while filming on train tracks | theage.com.au (http://m.theage.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/fitness-instructor-greg-plitt-killed-while-filming-on-train-tracks-20150120-12tt6l.touch.html)


Lon More
20th Jan 2015, 15:52
Probably thought he could stop a speeding train, dead. Got part of it right

Krystal n chips
23rd Jan 2015, 03:59
Whilst you could justifiably argue the views of Davyhume sewage works and / or the Trafford Centre are not overly appealing, trying to avoid looking at them from Barton Bridge takes a bit of doing.....however, human ingenuity knows no bounds as we know.

An outstanding entrant therefore in one of the sub categories in these awards...

" Moron of the Month "

BBC News - Snow covered M60 driver in Manchester captured on film (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-30934581)

18th Feb 2015, 12:05
This lad made a valiant effort at winning a Darwin Award but, alas, he failed (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/11419741/Teenager-hit-by-truck-playing-chicken-but-walks-away-with-just-a-bruised-ankle.html)

19th Feb 2015, 03:02
Woman Fatally Shoots Herself While Adjusting Bra Holster: Police | TheBlaze.com (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/18/woman-fatally-shoots-herself-while-adjusting-bra-holster-police/)

19th Feb 2015, 05:26
NTSB: "Selfies" likely contributed to a fatal crash near Denver. (http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20140531X12318&key=1)

Ahhh, in 2014... Too bad!

16th Mar 2015, 18:55
Northern beaches teen in hospital after agreeing to be set on fire at party .

. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2945335/northern-beaches-teen-in-hospital-after-agreeing-to-be-set-on-fire-at-party/?cs=12 … (http://t.co/E2cq2p4aO6)

20th Mar 2015, 02:11
California man fatally impaled on fence after falling from tree (http://news.yahoo.com/california-man-fatally-impaled-fence-falling-tree-190341336.html)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man who authorities believe had been drinking in a tree outside of his home was fatally impaled when he accidentally fell from its branches and landed on a spiked fence, police said on Wednesday.

The body of the man, who was not named, was found by officers early on Wednesday morning in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Liliana Preciado.

"It appears that the individual may have been drinking on top of a tree and he accidentally fell and impaled himself," Preciado said. "This is being investigated as an accidental death."

About a dozen beer cans were found at the scene, Los Angeles Police Captain Brian Pratt told KTLA TV.

20th Mar 2015, 13:40
Hmmm .. I seem to recall an apt old saying for this bloke ... "All brawn and no brains!" ...

Personal trainer killed by train while filming YouTube exercise video (http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/personal-trainer-killed-by-train-while-filming-youtube-exercise-video/story-fnh81jut-1227270421323)

2nd Apr 2015, 14:17
Maybe not the full Darwin, but it might stop the stupidity gene being passed on...........


:ooh: :eek: :{

2nd Apr 2015, 18:53
Painful :{ but funny to watch :ok:

2nd Apr 2015, 20:30
sitigeltfel - Yep, I reckon that qualifies!

2nd Apr 2015, 20:39
Would have been a certainty had the blade been reversed.

3rd Apr 2015, 08:45
That's what I thought the award was for, the stupid cnut is using the axe the wrong way round.
Be a cold campsite waiting on him bringing in the firewood.

3rd Apr 2015, 09:07

3rd Apr 2015, 14:04
ORAC,the "rescuers" seem more concerned about the lift ! :{

3rd Apr 2015, 19:56
The entire lot of rescuers did not have enough combined brain cells to push the up button.

Good Lord.

6th Apr 2015, 11:27
This is also from Russia.

It's not graphic per se, but is strangely moving and sad. If you are upset by this sort of thing, please read the description before you watch.

LiveLeak.com - Kid distressed as mate killed

uffington sb
7th Apr 2015, 20:43

Yes that is a very sad and moving video. No matter what we do, palisade fencing etc, people, especially kids, will get onto the railway line.
It would be a good idea to show this in schools, but it would never be allowed, like some of the early British Transport Police films that are banned now as being to hard hitting.
A colleague had to deal with a very similar situation some years back, where a young lad fell between the ECML onto the Hertford branch, touching the 25Kva OHL and the metal bridge at the same time. Not nice.

7th Apr 2015, 21:12
I still remember being marched into the small cinema at RAF Northolt in the early 70's and shown two or three road safety films, made, IIRC, by a US film company who were given permission to film real accident scenes by (I think) the Californian Highway Patrol.

These films had actors playing the lead up to each accident, like the young kids at a party, drinking, then getting in a car and driving, whilst still partying, before having an accident.

This was more than 40 years ago, and some scenes from those films are still firmly embedded in my head, like the body that had been forced upwards through the steel roof of a car.

The scene that still gives me nightmares, even now, though, is one where a youngster was thrown out of a car, had clearly suffered a major lower spine injury and could only scream and clutch the grass on the verge with his hands. He may have been 17 or 18 years old, and the rest of his life was destined to be spent in a wheelchair, just because of a few cans of beer at the wrong time.

They were powerful films, and personally I'd like to see them re-introduced. Young people tend to believe they are invincible. As a relatively young, well-disciplined person when I viewed them they convinced me I was not.

8th Apr 2015, 00:38
Traffic accidents produce some of the worst sights as to grisly results. I can well remember a couple from the '60's before seatbelts, safety design interiors, and airbags.
One was a young woman passenger who was thrown forward and sideways when her boyfriend crashed his car at speed.
She was impaled on the column gearshift lever, which went straight through her skull, because the knob was pointed.
That's probably the main reason why later gearknobs had wide blunt ends, because no doubt, she wasn't the first to be impaled on a pointed gearknob.

Another grisly result was a bloke who was drinking (beer) from a large-size beer bottle when he crashed. The beer bottle was forced (intact) so far down his throat, only a small part of the large end was visible protruding from his mouth.
It's a toss-up as to what actually killed him, but I'd guess asphyxia had a sizeable part to play.

8th Apr 2015, 02:25
VP959, they sound like the same films we were shown at tech one night (they cancelled a physics class to do so) and they had a similar effect on me.

The effective follow-up to the films was a talk about defensive driving - sort of the carrot after the stick.

Pinky the pilot
8th Apr 2015, 02:42
It is indeed a pity that such films cannot now be shown to some of the 'yoof' around here in the Riverland district of South Australia. Would no doubt be against some 'human right' and mentally scar said 'yoof' for life and require many sessions of Taxpayer funded counselling!:rolleyes:

The number of roads not so far out of town which have long tyre marks from burn-outs slaloming for quite a distance in many instances are quite numerous.

And some of those slalom marks have on rare occasions terminated in front of a large tree! Though on one occasion told to me by one of the local Coppers, the person concerned blew the engine and the car caught fire!

The Officer told me that he took great delight in telling the Kid that once the Insurance Company received the Police report of the incident that no payout for the wrecked car would be forthcoming!:ok:

Rwy in Sight
11th Apr 2015, 11:04
Unsurprisingly there are two more candidates or rather winners for 2015. While playing with some fireworks they managed to get electrocuted.

Here is the Easter fireworks accident leaves two dead | protothemanews.com (http://en.protothema.gr/easter-fireworks-testing-leaves-two-dead/) description.

Rwy in Sight

11th Apr 2015, 11:20
That link is timing out.

Rwy in Sight
11th Apr 2015, 14:12

I don't know what timing out means but here is the text from the link:

A tragic accident on Good Friday at the village of Ano Amfeia (Thoiria) in Messinia, the Peloponnese, resulted in the death of two young men, aged 23 and 26.

They died of electrocution while experimenting with fireworks at the village school’s yard, empty for the Easter break. The school is near Public Power Corporation cables that exploded as the two young men were testing fireworks explosives.

The ambulence service did not arrive in time to save the young men, believed to have died immediately.

An investigation into the incident is currently taking place.

11th Apr 2015, 18:56
Thanks for posting the text Rwy in Sight !

'Timing out' just means the request from my browser to their server is taking too long so it gives up and displays a 'problem loading page' message


13th Apr 2015, 10:35
Almost the entire Peloton in the 2015 Paris-Roubaix deserves at least a silver Darwin medal for their encounter with a level crossing.


Maybe they were so drugged up that they didn't realise the danger.

13th Apr 2015, 11:18
That just about sums up the "gotta go as fast as I can" mentality of the Lycra loony Lance Armstrong wannabes. On farcebook they are trying to fight a rearguard action and trying to explain it away while the sane world laughs and shakes its head at the sheer stupidity of it.

13th Apr 2015, 11:54
That just about sums up the "gotta go as fast as I can" mentality of the Lycra loony Lance Armstrong wannabes.

Thanks for your kind stereotyping. Just to keep you up to date I think the only people these days who are LA wanabees are some of the win at all cost "weekend warriors" who work in the financial sector. Most of the rest of us occasional lycra wearers regard "him" as an utter :oh::oh::oh::oh: whose name must not be mentioned without a :mad:

As to that incident yesterday no argument from me. Yes, crossing was insane and FWIW the rule book and custom and practice is absolutely clear about level crossings and handling of incidents involving the same - i.e. neutralise the peleton and disqualification for anyone disregarding the signals (FWIW not unsurprisingly SNCF are also pretty upset and holding their own enquiry with view to possible legal action).

Not offering an excuse but I wonder how many of those that did cross on the red had their Director Sportif's yelling in their ear, reminding them about contract renewal.............:oh:

13th Apr 2015, 12:19
....the win at all cost "weekend warriors"....

We have them doing their own personal time trials on our towpath. They think everybody else must get out of their way so that they don't lose a second. Their arrogance is matched only by their stupidity.

The Canal & River Trust (who own the canal and its towpath) have declared that priority on towpaths is to be given to the slowest movers i.e. walkers, anglers and boat users. Unfortunately, some of these cyclists feel that they are above the owner's ruling.

13th Apr 2015, 15:18
Oooo! My apologies. My first thought was to put Cadel Evans as the example name but figured that, internationally, his name might not have been recognised. However, Lance the Drug surely epitomises the absolute, unquestionable stupidity that seems to infect the Lycra loonies whenever they pull on those revealing tight pants over their freshly shaved legs (maybe a psychologist should do a study on the type of mindset that is attracted to this 'sport').

As for keeping to the rules - it's exactly this mindset that allows Lycra loonies to ignore red traffic lights and bully little old ladies on paths.

And my last encounter with one of the breed almost resulted in him going to another world as he sped around a blind bend on a single track road in the Black Mountains in Wales just a couple days ago.

13th Apr 2015, 15:53
The rail crossing Silver Award reminds me of the local buffalo jump. The Buffs up front could have stopped if it were not for the mob in back:uhoh:

Perhaps a bit of coordination with SNCF trafffic control and race organisers could arrange for a temporary barrier that spans the entire roadway.

While a close call with an entire peloton is rare, I suspect cyclists regularly run crossings when out on rides.

13th Apr 2015, 20:50
Yes, cyclists cross closed crossings with red lights flashing.And so do car drivers,truck drivers,pedestrians and mothers pushing prams.Cyclists do not have a monopoly on stupidity


14th Apr 2015, 09:31
They don't have to wear lycra to be loonies on two wheels..........

Level crossing cyclist in 'nearest miss' with train - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-24364332)

Krystal n chips
20th May 2015, 04:47
Sadly, it would appear the, ahem, contender showed a certain flare for going above and beyond the criteria required for a nomination....

Base jumper dies after setting parachute on fire as part of stunt | Sport | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/may/20/base-jumper-dies-after-setting-parachute-on-fire-as-part-of-stunt).

25th May 2015, 08:28
Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/woman-accidentally-shoots-herself-in-the-head-while-posing-for-a-selfie-10273014.html)

A 21-year-old Russian woman is in a “serious condition” after accidentally shooting herself while posing for a selfie with a gun believed to have been left behind by a security guard.

She found the 9mm handgun in her Moscow office and, while taking the selfie with one hand, accidentally pressed the gun’s trigger at close range.The woman subsequently accidentally shot herself in the temple, and was admitted to Sklifosovsky hospital in Moscow, where she is described as being in a “serious condition.”

The incident was confirmed by police on Friday, but occurred on Thursday, and police are investigating how the woman obtained the gun.

The police in Moscow have said they believe a security guard had left the gun at the office two weeks prior, and was on holiday at the time of the shooting. The owner of the gun could face up to six months in jail for storage for negligent storage of weapons, according to local news site RIA Novosti.

P6 Driver
25th May 2015, 08:43
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25th May 2015, 09:05
They are,but there are some 'highly commended' awards on this thread for those that came very close to achieving the goal.I think :rolleyes:

25th May 2015, 09:22
Here is another that could be categorised as 'highly commended'!


Captain Dart
25th May 2015, 09:31
You don't necessarily have to die to receive a Darwin award. The only criterion is removing yourself from the gene pool by an act of stupidity. Accidental self-emasculation would count.

30th May 2015, 15:42
Apparently he shot the swordfish with a speargun, then jumped off a pier to bring it in.

Hawaii man impaled, killed by swordfish's bill - World - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hawaii-man-impaled-killed-by-swordfish-s-bill-1.3094062)

1st Jun 2015, 22:52
Lioness 'sort of lunged at the car' - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32969883)

Ignore signs such as 'Keep your window wound up at all times' and 'No swimming,crocodiles' at your peril.

Una Due Tfc
2nd Jun 2015, 00:44

I've been watching this all day, and it's still hilarious

tony draper
2nd Jun 2015, 11:37
The Awards came into being when the man himself still walked the Earth.:)

6th December 1852:

An extraordinary and fatal accident occurred this evening, in Northumberland Court, Newcastle. It appeared that a Mr. William Glover, who occupied the upper room in a tenement house, had frequently missed articles from his room, and being of an ingenious turn of mind, he had, some time before, devised a plan to prevent all intrusion for the future.

Having got a large horse pistol loaded with slugs, he attached the trigger in such a manner to the door of the apartment that any one entering caused the pistol to explode, but he was able to admit himself by pulling a string, which passed through the frame of the door.

On the above evening, however, he had forgotten to observe the necessary precaution, when the pistol went off, and the contents killed him instantaneously.

2nd Jun 2015, 13:50
Anyone else here care to admit ?


Flying Lawyer
2nd Jun 2015, 14:07

Ignore signs such as 'Keep your window wound up at all times' .... at your peril.Indeed.

Sad, stupid and also unnecessary.
This pic was taken through a car window (and in poor light) but better loss of quality than loss of life: Lioness and cubs, Kalahari (http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/64395506.jpg)


2nd Jun 2015, 14:15
Anyone else here care to admit ?

Yes me Church lane Backwell 1969 :{

2nd Jun 2015, 21:28
Yes Flying Lawyer !

Make sure your doors are locked too.Baboons aren't the only animals that can open them :uhoh:


3rd Jun 2015, 00:38
Make sure your doors are locked too.Baboons aren't the only animals that can open them Add raccoons to the list, but at least they are more easily persuaded to leave :p

uffington sb
3rd Jun 2015, 06:17
Rabbiting can be deadly, and not just to rabbits.

Rabbit hunter died in freak accident after getting his head stuck in a hole - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/11645276/Rabbit-hunter-died-in-freak-accident-after-getting-his-head-stuck-in-a-hole.html)

3rd Jun 2015, 09:05
Anyone else here care to admit being a complete prat?

Fixed that for you

4th Jun 2015, 00:05
A recent tragedy wherein 3 related males were drowned when using 'sit-on' 'kayaks' similar to this:-
They were not members of any club, and it was their first outing - and the river was in spate - described by local experts as 'phenomenal'.
They parted company with their mounts within two miles of entering the water and their bodies were recovered three miles further downstream - trapped in a weir where water extraction takes place.

At the inquest, the coroner dictated that the Water Authority must erect signs at all possible access points where kayakers might enter the river, warning of the presence of the weir.

Their deaths were recorded as 'accidental' (not misadventure).

Following the ruling, the widows of the three men released a joint statement, thanking those involved in the search operation and paying tribute to their "amazing husbands".
The statement said: "Our lads would never have knowingly put themselves in danger."

4th Jun 2015, 19:50
This may or may not be a winner. We don't know if he was there or not when the Yanks came a'visiting!


4th Jun 2015, 20:28
Someone making meticulous preparations to receive a Darwin Award


4th Jun 2015, 21:32
While on safari in Kenya...
Stopped in the vehicle to observe 2 distant lionesses partially obscured by scrub, the drivers told us NOT to step out of the van if we dropped anything.

I checked my camera straps & thought what if I dropped it outside?
Would I go get it?.. quickly!
As I was pondering this my eyes caught sight of a lioness not 3 or 4 metres away under a bush watching us.
At this point I thought "Oh shit we are in an open topped minivan...."
I pointed it out to the guides & they said "oh - see her now... we move"

I didn't feel so afraid in the van but I did see how it could all go horribly wrong in 10 seconds....

5th Jun 2015, 05:45
A 14yo youth went missing from his home in Avignon last Friday night. His body was found yesterday badly burned and decomposing, fused to an railway power line.
It is believed he was on an nocturnal graffiti spraying mission.

5th Jun 2015, 06:53
fused to an railway power line.
It is believed he was on an nocturnal graffiti spraying mission. He was suspected of flashing.

5th Jun 2015, 06:59
I guess he went out in a blaze of glowry.

5th Jun 2015, 07:24
A graphic warning. :eek:


Pinky the pilot
5th Jun 2015, 11:34
Shocking! Absolutely shocking!:eek:

Takan Inchovit
5th Jun 2015, 21:22

Krystal n chips
10th Jun 2015, 12:31
It's not often you get to see a candidate in training as it were and, even more remarkably, featured on mainstream BBC News, albeit this time with all the relevant "Elf and Saferty " in place....


.however....the Beeb also kindly featured this video of the candidate.....

Tower crane climb stunt warning from police - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-22778197)

One to watch for in the future perhaps?

24th Jun 2015, 06:19
700 deaths in Pakistan from dehydration and exhaustion due to the heatwave sweeping the South of the country.

Millions of Pakistani Muslims refusing to eat or drink during the scorching daylight hours because of Ramadan.

Darwin is having a field day. :ugh:

tony draper
24th Jun 2015, 09:16
I dont think they believe in Darwin.:E

4th Jul 2015, 16:11
I rather suspect we have a genuine entry here, as in the driver did not survive the experience. What an idiote!

If you are idote driver do not do this on the street.

4th Jul 2015, 18:45
what an airbag

5th Jul 2015, 06:15
Man ignores the 'No swimming-alligators' sign and is killed by an alligator :rolleyes:

Texas alligator attack: Man killed in Orange County - CNN.com (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/04/us/texas-alligator-attack/)

5th Jul 2015, 16:31
Whilst we are mentioning 'heads'...

Man dies instantly after launching firework off head | New York Post (http://nypost.com/2015/07/05/man-dies-instantly-after-launching-firework-off-head/)

(The content of the link can change over time.)

5th Jul 2015, 16:44
I do apologise. Looking at SCHEDULING's post, and then checking back to my post, I see I have spelt idote incorrectly.

What an idote....:8

5th Jul 2015, 17:03
from above

In 2011, lawmakers voted to repeal a 1949 law banning fireworks, reasoning the industry would create jobs and generate additional revenue.

No doubt all true.

Certainly also true of the gun lobby.

there is always a silver lining somewhere in these unintended consequences.

5th Jul 2015, 17:44
I will leave others to comment on this knob.

Gang Member Dies After Trying To Gold Plate His Genitals | The LAD Bible (http://www.theladbible.com/articles/gang-member-dies-after-trying-to-gold-plate-his-genitals)

5th Jul 2015, 18:48
I will leave others to comment on this knob.

it didn't say what he died of ???

what could go wrong? except reversing the positive and negative poles and now his knob is attached to the gold plate on the outside.

5th Jul 2015, 19:05
It did mention the lead, but I wouldn't have thought that that would have acted so quickly.

5th Jul 2015, 19:36
It did mention the lead,
That would be a base layer for gold electroplating. The actual gold solution includes such goodies as cyanide. :yuk:

5th Jul 2015, 20:28
With respect to eticket's post on the drinker up by Canada who lit a mortar on top of his head, one wonders whether the device will now bear a label warning users not to put it on their heads before igniting. Or will Maine simply ban fireworks again.

5th Jul 2015, 20:48
I rather suspect we have a genuine entry here, as in the driver did not survive the experience. What an idiote!

If you are idote driver do not do this on the street. (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ae1_1435995473)
Good advert for the Aspirine's tablets :eek:

P6 Driver
6th Jul 2015, 13:12
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Krystal n chips
7th Jul 2015, 04:50
As we know, there are several sub-categories to this prestigious and once in a lifetime award thus, with some candidates, it can be difficult at times to define which is the most applicable....

This Canadian contribution does show more than above average potential for the full award and such dedication and perseverance really warrants a special category in it's own right....

Canadian flew over Calgary in chair carried by balloons - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33414264)

7th Jul 2015, 20:49
Krystal said..........."This Canadian contribution does show more than above average potential for the full award and such dedication and perseverance really warrants a special category in it's own right...."

I`m sorry but the chairborne balloonist is disqualified from the Darwin award due to the fact that he had a parachute.

7th Jul 2015, 21:29
Having had a number of Canadian managers, to the extent where a 'Great Tit' seen in the garden here is referred to as a 'Canadian manager', does the comment from KnC :

This Canadian contribution does show more than above average potential for the full award

suggest that it IS above the average Canadian potential?

Krystal n chips
8th Jul 2015, 05:21
` " I m sorry but the chairborne balloonist is disqualified from the Darwin award due to the fact that he had a parachute"

I regret I have to politely dispute this proposed disqualification and state my support of the candidate and his nomination.

The parachute is the key here. True, he had taken sjydiving lessons, very thoughtful under the circumstances, but then, as the article says, strangely he was unable to find a pilot who would help him with his nomination thereafter.

The parachute is something of a red herring therefore..... if your intent, as was his, is to land in the Calgary stampede....;)

8th Jul 2015, 06:42

This contestant is not eligible for a Darwin Award by definition.

He is only eligible for an' honourable mention'

Next time,he needs to take a BB gun aloft to pop the balloons while at altitude,collide with an aircraft or otherwise ensure his demise if he wishes to receive the award.

With any luck,the fines imposed on him will be crippling, and he won't think about another attempt.

8th Jul 2015, 08:43
There seem to have been various balloon/chair enthusiasts over the years but I seem to remember one who survived the experience* but was given a Darwin Award on the grounds that he could not, for medical reasons, father children so was eligible since his genes could not be passed on.

(Presumably this could also apply to older, childless, females).

(* I remember it as the first one I read about, the incident being in the LAX area, presumably Larry Page).

Krystal n chips
8th Jul 2015, 09:06
" he won't think about another attempt "

One gets the impression this capability was not over utilised in the first place, let alone in the future..;)

Updated: Calgary balloon man Dan Boria speaks out; charges laid | Calgary | News (http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/07/06/calgary-balloon-man-dan-boria-speaks-out-police-lay-charges)

8th Jul 2015, 09:15
Yes,I have to agree there :p

8th Jul 2015, 12:12
We HAD a Darwin Award candidate here in the U.S. In the state of Maine to be precise. On the night of the 4th of July said Darwin award candidate took it upon himself, to the initial amusement of his guests, to place what we call a mortar (a serious piece of fireworks but nowhere near the explosive power of its name sake) upon his head and light it. Unfortunately for numb nuts it blew up. (Gee, how'd that happen?). Basically said mortar blew his brains out and he died instantly.

In the words of the great Forrest Gump: "Stupid is and stupid does."

8th Jul 2015, 13:04
Indeed rg,back one page :ok:


uffington sb
8th Jul 2015, 13:06

This one didn't survive and won a Darwin Award in 2008.


12th Jul 2015, 06:11
Boy killed after suspected electrocution on railway line in Wrenthorpe - Wakefield Express (http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/local-news/boy-killed-after-suspected-electrocution-on-railway-line-in-wrenthorpe-1-7354352)

One winner, two also rans.

12th Jul 2015, 06:14
Hopefully,the other 2 will be discharged soon

12th Jul 2015, 13:17
This bloke (link below) deserves a Darwin commendation for the 2013 awards - but unfortunately the full details of his death have only recently been revealed by the Tasmanian coroner - so I guess he even failed in his ability to get an award within the required time.

1. Has a fight with his girlfriend whilst intoxicated.
2. Drives away drunk in his vehicle (5 times the legal limit) - despite friends warnings not to drive, and his girlfriends mother taking his keys away from him. He apparently had a spare key.
3. Had carried out extensive, illegal, suspension and tyre modifications to his vehicle, that rendered it unroadworthy - and which modifications detrimentally affected the handling of the vehicle.
4. Drove without wearing a seatbelt, also a traffic offence, and an invitation to disaster in itself.
5. Surprise, Surprise! Killed himself in a rollover when the road conditions altered, and he was unable to control the vehicle properly.
In what must be even more of an all-time record, he was travelling at an estimated 67kmh, when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle and killed.

Intoxicated driver died in unroadworthy utility (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-10/intoxicated-driver-died-in-unroadworthy-ute-tragic-loss-of-life/6608774)

P6 Driver
12th Jul 2015, 18:44
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15th Jul 2015, 21:01
Shark rescue video: Watch the moment beach-goers rescue stranded great white shark - Americas - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/watch-the-moment-beachgoers-rescue-a-stranded-great-white-shark-10389422.html)

15th Jul 2015, 23:09
Shark rescue video: Watch the moment beach-goers rescue stranded great white shark - Americas - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/watch-the-moment-beachgoers-rescue-a-stranded-great-white-shark-10389422.html)

Not too sure why that is here in a Darwin thread. Unless you walked up to a stranded shark on the beach and stuck your head into its mouth, not a lot it could do to you.

Personally my hat is off to those that pitched in to save that shark’s life.

Una Due Tfc
15th Jul 2015, 23:22
I seem to recall being told sharks always need to move forwards so water passes over their gills and they can breathe, and that backwards movement would cause them to drown? Looks like it was dragged backwards by that boat no?

I also commend those involved. Great Whites are critically endangered afterall.

15th Jul 2015, 23:32
Con, I spent 2 hours on and off cowering in the cuddy cabin of a too-small boat 120 miles off the Texas coast in the middle of the night when we made the mistake of boating a like-sized pelagic shark.

Turns out beating him to death with a ball-pein hammer wasn't as easy as it seemed...

Krystal n chips
16th Jul 2015, 07:19
Whilst very much in the lower sub-categories, the evident potential to progress should not be ignored....

Note the time this "unfortunate event" occurred...

Two campers burnt 'by fire accelerant' in Shropshire - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-33533487)

Effluent Man
24th Jul 2015, 19:44
A local GP died after throwing petrol on his bonfire, it never ceases to amaze me that people don't realise that the hazard is in the fumes.

The latest contestants took a 1300ft dive off the Grossglockner pass in Austria in a Seat Leon. A record for the 400 metres ?

24th Jul 2015, 20:50
A local GP died after throwing petrol on his bonfire, it never ceases to amaze me that people don't realise that the hazard is in the fumes.

When I was 18 I used a cup of petrol to encourage a pile of damp grass cuttings and weeds to burn. I am far from stupid but I did not realise how dangerous that was having used paraffin in a similar manner.

Luckily I was far enough away and I threw the contents of a small cup which ignited quite dramatically but without causing harm. I think nowadays with the wealth of mishaps recorded and available on the internet ignorance is less of an excuse.

Here is another candidate deserving of an honorable mention:


24th Jul 2015, 20:56
Here is another candidate deserving of an honorable mention:

What's so worthy about that or should he have waited for slack tide?

west lakes
24th Jul 2015, 20:59
Possibly in for a full award in time?

Appeared on our emergency screen lunchtime today.


Sadly they got him off before our guys arrived as I wanted to see a photo. in evidence of what he had done.

24th Jul 2015, 21:10
Was it accidental or intentional, westie?

24th Jul 2015, 21:24
What's so worthy about that or should he have waited for slack tide?

Worthy as a candidate who, with a little further practice and encouragement, may well win a Darwin award.

Looking at his other videos he is very close to qualifying.

25th Jul 2015, 21:16
In 2007 I found myself staying overnight in the best hotel in Bratislava (which isn't saying much). Unbeknown to me it was the destination of a stage in the Gumball Rally, an unlicensed and unregulated race across Europe for rich kids in fast cars. When I went to bed, the square outside my window was full of people but not much else. When I woke up it was full of supercars (and some not-so-supercars).

The breakfast room was full of the most awful people you could ever imagine sharing a breakfast room with.

I later discovered that Bratislava was the premature end of the 2007 Gumball rally. The day before, two of the ‘competitors’ had obliterated an elderly couple in Macedonia, and tried to flee the scene with the help of another participating crew. Thankfully they were arrested at the border, although they tried again (unsuccessfully) to get away by phoning for an executive jet to fly out and pick them up clandestinely.

Now it appears that another couple of rich kids in a fast car have driven off a mountain in Austria, while competing in another ‘rally’.

Thank God that this time they didn’t take any innocent passers-by with them.

Post script: it appears they were in a Seat Leon, racing a Porsche. Well that just about says it all, really.

Effluent Man
27th Jul 2015, 17:20
My Motor sport career began with 30bhp under my right foot (1955 Beetle) A Riley 1.5 with 68bhp followed a year later,that seemed quick!

A Seat Leon with probably 250bhp on tap,what could possibly go wrong?

27th Jul 2015, 20:41
I find this thread both fascinating, (the gore) but disturbing (the gore.)

Some great "accidents waiting to happen." But in life, isn't "not taking a risk" riskier than taking a risk. Went for a walk with Maxy today, caught these fella's jumping from a perfectly good cliff, into the hurly burly swurly Atlantic.....looks like fun though :-)



28th Jul 2015, 07:33
Very tragic, but stupid as well – two men illegally entered at night a public swimming baths over the fence. They climbed on at least as high as the 3m platform to jump into a pool which had for maintenance reasons no water in it. When there were found in the morning one was already dead and the other passed away despite all efforts.
Very tragic.

LiveLeak.com - Contenders for the Darwin Award 2015 (no graphic pictures)

28th Jul 2015, 16:01
Not yet - but well on the way. And with an aeronautical theme.

Plumber is left blind in one eye after suffering horrific injuries while flying his toy helicopter INSIDE his flat | Daily Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3177471/Plumber-left-blind-one-eye-suffering-horrific-injuries-flying-toy-helicopter-INSIDE-flat.html)

28th Jul 2015, 16:57
From the article:-

'My friend told me it was dangerous, particularly indoor, but I ignored him.
'I thought I knew best

Probably the most common last words?

28th Jul 2015, 23:18
From the article:-

Probably the most common last words?

Naw, it's 'Hold my beer and watch this.' :E

29th Jul 2015, 01:54
or "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

29th Jul 2015, 08:35
Or "Oh for God's sake, it's simple....let me do it."

Or, a real case as we were returning from an evening of drinking and had stopped to allow one of our party to relieve himself, "I'll just hop over this wall........". It was a high bridge, and they were his last words.

Effluent Man
29th Jul 2015, 09:08
I remember reading an AAIB report where the subject downed five pints in quick succession and then decided to give an impromptu aerobatics display.

29th Jul 2015, 10:51
Actual incident from the early 1960s.

Mate hitting home-made bomb with hammer (long story)

UFO "Don't do that, you [email protected]"

Mate "I know what I'm doing"


Mate's hand ripped apart, UFO with small bits of shrapnell embedded in skin.

Gated for a month!

29th Jul 2015, 13:53
"I'll just hop over this wall........

capot - My brother did exactly the same thing when on the lash in Luxembourg of all places. He was lucky in that the fall was a mere 5 metres into a cemetery! Not even a bruise!

And you could say he was even luckier that he wasn't going across that ruddy great bridge in the city!

29th Jul 2015, 15:07
Two valiant attempts which end in failure (https://video-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xap1/v/t42.1790-2/10324599_723841354345536_1515754460_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjUyMy wicmxhIjo1MTIsInZlbmNvZGVfdGFnIjoibGVnYWN5X3NkIn0%3D&rl=523&vabr=291&oh=fef025d7599928aa249346cf215070fa&oe=55B903CB)

1st Aug 2015, 15:58
I wasn't sure this would qualify as an attempt until I noticed it was the second Armadillo shooting event in the southern USA recently - so he should have known better.......
Texas man injured as bullet ricochets off armadillo - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33748027)

So I guess the aggregate score is Armadillos 2, Gunslingers Nil?

Krystal n chips
10th Aug 2015, 05:44
These events have always seemed to have the potential to be upgraded to an award winners convention.....

Man gored to death filming bull run in Spain on mobile phone | World news | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/10/man-gored-to-death-filming-bull-run-in-spain-on-mobile-phone)

"Bulls are dangerous animals and when there are a lot of people some don’t pay attention ... you have to have your wits about you"

Worthy of an entry into "Stating the Bleedin obvious after the event" book of quotations one suggests.

10th Aug 2015, 06:02


The most powerful incentive to join the Darwin Awards.

10th Aug 2015, 06:48
From the article:-

Fifteen people have been killed in bull runs in Pamplona since 1911, where many foreign tourists join in the tradition.

... of getting killed.

Krystal n chips
18th Aug 2015, 09:03
A low level sub category nomination, albeit given his chosen route home, one with all the essential basic criteria in place, simply awaiting further opportunities to progress upwards.

Shrewsbury short cut leaves man trapped in trench - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-33970955)

18th Aug 2015, 09:22
A low level sub category nomination, albeit given his chosen route home, one with all the essential basic criteria in place, simply awaiting further opportunities to progress upwards.

Shrewsbury short cut leaves man trapped in trench - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-33970955)

Will we see the victim suing the builders for leaving an unguarded hazard?

19th Aug 2015, 05:04
survived pamplona doing it in 2018 again

20th Aug 2015, 22:19
Did he die?

3rd Sep 2015, 09:12
And another contender.........

A teenager posing for selfies with a gun has died after the weapon reportedly went off.
Deleon Alonso Smith, 19, was in his room when the weapon accidentally fired, his cousin told police.
The father of two was understood to have found the gun on Tuesday, the day of the fatal incident.

Young father dies after 'shooting himself while taking selfie' - ITV News (http://www.itv.com/news/2015-09-02/young-father-dies-after-shooting-himself-while-taking-selfie/)

3rd Sep 2015, 09:33
Umm, yeah.
"Father of two" at 19??
Oh, so he 'found' the gun, did he?
The shame of it all is that he'd managed to pass his genes on before...

3rd Sep 2015, 09:36
The father of two was understood to have found the gun on Tuesday, the day of the fatal incident. Yeah.... right....

19 and two kids before he even started college. Already made his contribution to the gene pool, unfortunately.

11th Sep 2015, 14:13
Selfie & shooting karma strikes again:

Texas teen fatally shoots himself while taking selfie (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/02/us-usa-texas-selfie-idUSKCN0R21RT20150902)

Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/03/life-selfies-idUSL4N1181D020150903)

Krystal n chips
11th Sep 2015, 15:08
The benefit of hindsight, can, as we know, produce some deeply profound thinking as this contender demonstrates.

Alas, his thinking is more inclined to the future than it was in the past....... given the previous "success" rate of this little escapade.

Rescuers revive escape artist after 'buried alive' stunt goes wrong | UK news | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/08/escape-artist-buried-alive-stunt-yorkshire)

11th Sep 2015, 15:17
re: Texas teen
he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged
I wonder, one finger on the camera trigger, one finger on the gun trigger.
Which one do I press?
Oops, wrong one.

Krystal n chips
27th Oct 2015, 06:06
Ah, the joys of technology. Seen here, numerous candidates honing their skills and........ training hard for the day they achieve their ultimate objective .....

Network Rail warns against taking selfies on tracks ? video | Business | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/business/video/2015/oct/26/selfies-on-railway-tracks-network-rail-safety-video)

27th Oct 2015, 14:06
Ah, the joys of technology. Seen here, numerous candidates honing their skills and........ training hard for the day they achieve their ultimate objective .....

I don't see the problem? No trains in sight.

I do this all the time in my hobby. My biggest concern is the whine and hiss of high speed rail and of course the police. I typically snap the pic and get the hell out of the area before the bulls come.

My buddies have not been so lucky and have already been arrested once

uffington sb
27th Oct 2015, 17:07
Seems most of those people are from the sub continent where it's quite normal to walk along the track as I've seen on my many railway trips in India.

27th Oct 2015, 17:13
You can't make some of this stuff up

Dog named Trigger shoots owner in the foot - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34644333)

28th Oct 2015, 16:54
A street along which I drive every day has what seems to be some derelict tracks up the middle. Except one day I saw a freight train on them, seems they really are in use occasionally.

29th Oct 2015, 18:06
In the article about "Dog Shoots Owner"....

Mr Boyd said she suffered injuries to her left foot and toes and has since been released from hospital.
He said Ms Carter had not completed a hunter education course and urged all prospective hunters to do so.Typical bureaucrat, missed the point entirely.

It's the dog that needs the course, not the owner.

tony draper
30th Oct 2015, 12:57
A rather young proto candidate.:uhoh:

30th Oct 2015, 13:33
That toddler must've been secured by a strap of some sort otherwise he would've been a goner . . .

10th Nov 2015, 04:30
Definitely off his trolley.. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34773280)

A Swedish man has died and another has been seriously injured in a shopping trolley accident in Sydney, Australia.
Police say the men, both 28, found the trolley and were riding it down a steep hill in the eastern suburb of Randwick just after midnight when they hit a car coming the other way.

30th Nov 2015, 21:44
'nother one: Man, 19, dies in chimney after California homeowner sets fire in fireplace | CP24.com (http://www.cp24.com/world/man-19-dies-in-chimney-after-california-homeowner-sets-fire-in-fireplace-1.2679850)

30th Nov 2015, 21:46
Bad news - that was Santa doing a practice run.

30th Nov 2015, 22:30
Caldwell was responsive when firefighters smashed the chimney to get him out, but when they got to the young man, he died.
How inconsiderate . . .

30th Nov 2015, 22:32
Still lol... that made my evening.

1st Dec 2015, 00:32
More like the Grinch.

1st Dec 2015, 15:54
Well he tried but didn't quite make it: US yacht owner's expensive mistake - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34971749)

1st Dec 2015, 16:53
Well he tried but didn't quite make it: US yacht owner's expensive mistake - BBC News

This stuff happens every day and yet they procreate the species, that is why we will some day become extinct. certainly not a Darwin supporter until a mode of extinction is reached

1st Dec 2015, 20:15
You never know, in some future scenario those characteristics might be the ones that give the best chance of survival.

1st Dec 2015, 21:45
A street along which I drive every day has what seems to be some derelict tracks up the middle. Except one day I saw a freight train on them, seems they really are in use occasionally.
Be careful here then ...


6th Dec 2015, 03:43
A woman has died and another is in an induced coma after attending Stereosonic festival in Sydney on Saturday, where nearly 70 festival-goers have been charged with possessing and supplying drugs.

The woman was rushed from the festival to Concord Hospital where she later died. The exact circumstances of her death are not yet known, as ABC News reports.

Update 30.11: Police have identified the 25-year-old deceased as Sylvia Choi, a young pharmacist from Oyster Bay, and it's believed that she died from an overdose after taking an ecstasy tablet and possibly mixed MDMA with water.

I'm shocked and stunned! A seemingly intelligent well educated young woman who as a pharmacist, should have known and understood the risks far more than anybody else.

I guess she's validated Darwin's theory at the cost of her young life.



Police are investigating if pills taken by a teenager who died at the Adelaide Stereosonic music festival were linked to drugs taken by two other people who remain in a critical condition.
The 19-year-old man died in hospital on Saturday, just a week after pharmacist Sylvia Choi, 25, died of a suspected drug overdose at the festival's Sydney leg.
Two other festival goers at the Adelaide event, a man, 20, and a 21-year-old woman, were in a critical but stable condition in hospital on Sunday.

Krystal n chips
6th Dec 2015, 04:47
Whilst not dedicated entrants for the highest level award, credit has to be given for "Best potential newcomers" in one of the lower sub-categories.

Tyrone man 'surfs the earth' in Manchester video - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-34996013)

It can only be a matter of time therefore before they make a natural ascendency.

6th Dec 2015, 11:38

are you really a 'victim' if you do it to yourself...? I don't believe so.

7th Dec 2015, 01:46
Fall from Lachine balcony leaves 2 dead, 1 injured - Montreal - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lachine-balcony-collapse-death-1.3352900)

It seems the bolt securing one end of the railing gave way while they were leaning against or sitting on it.

7th Dec 2015, 06:07
Fall from Lachine balcony leaves 2 dead, 1 injured - Montreal - CBC News (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lachine-balcony-collapse-death-1.3352900)

It seems the bolt securing one end of the railing gave way while they were leaning against or sitting on it.

That does not constitute a Darwinian event as the victims did not contribute to their own fate. They appear to have been the victims of someone else's incompetence or shoddy workmanship.

Rwy in Sight
7th Dec 2015, 06:58
There were two Moroccan (two different incidents) who jumped on a blocked train (in the occupied by immigrant line between Greece and Macedonia) who considered completely logical to catch the power line. Unfortunately for them in was powered.

Obviously one died the other required hospitalization in taxpayer's expense.

The incident took place in the last month.

7th Dec 2015, 09:02
I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding as to what the Darwin Awards are for.


Dying from taking drugs doesn't qualify. If you had any background in anti drugs, you would know that the likelihood of dying from drugs amongst recreational users is significantly lower than their risk of dying from a car accident.

Alcohol has significantly/dramatically higher risks.

Darwin is for the moronic, not the unlucky or merely unlawful.
If she had taken drugs and then attempted to climb down the Sydney harbour bridge using only her labia for grip, then she would be eligible


The surfers are funny, and not taking any appreciable risk. lighten up.

7th Dec 2015, 19:18
This guy (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/12037591/Without-a-parachute-dont-try-this-at-home.html) possibly has Darwin Award aspirations...

Sue Vêtements
8th Dec 2015, 03:15
He gets ready on the side of the hot air balloon with no parachute in sight... ... well apart from the one he's wearing in that picture. Not his fault really, they just used the wrong picture

and jumps away from the hot air balloon without his parachute or any safety equipmentgiven the fact that he hooks up with his mate half way down, I'd say he had SOME safety gear, just not what I'D call sufficient safety gear

View from below, as Pendikainen falls through the air without a parachute ... except he's not actually IN that photo

He connects himself to his jumping partner I'm not exactly sure how he does that. It looks like the only thing he has to hook on to is his belt!

That's a pretty weird story all round and crap reporting. When this was done back in the seventies, the guy at least wore a harness and his mate carried the rig, and attached it in flight. I believe a hundred grand changed hands for that one. I've seen a red Bull where someone jumps out of a helicopter without any gear, and then of course there's the one in England with the pile of cardboard boxes.

Not to take anything away from the people who do this, they're certainly braver/nuttier than I am, but I'd be steamed if that was the write up I got for a stunt like that. Having said that, it was certainly correct to say Pendikainen recklessly threw his parachute over the side of the balloon reckless yes! have you any idea how much those things cost? :*

8th Dec 2015, 06:42
View from below, as Pendikainen falls through the air without a parachute
... except he's not actually IN that photo

I thought that when I first read it, but he is actually, top of the pic you can see his trousers and boots against the writing on the balloon envelope.

Agree about the stupidity of chucking a perfectly serviceable 'chute overboard, I mean, supposing it had landed on a kitten sanctuary?

8th Dec 2015, 07:34
Brevard deputies: 11-foot alligator killed accused burglar hiding in pond.

Deputies: 11-foot alligator killed accused burglar hiding in pond (http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2015/12/7/alligator_killed_matthew_riggins_deputies_say.html)

8th Dec 2015, 22:19
Tourist wrote:

I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding as to what the Darwin Awards are for. Dying from taking drugs doesn't qualify.

I thank Tourist for his learned comments, however his opinion is in contradiction of what an "authority" has to say on the subject (Wikipedia):

Inability to reproduce - Nominee must be dead or rendered sterile.
Excellence - Astoundingly stupid judgment.
Self-selection - Cause of one's own demise.
Maturity - Capable of sound judgment.
Veracity - The event must be verified.

Darwin Awards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards)

This young lady has ticks in all the boxes. For avoidance of endless discussion there should be no doubt as to the excellence of her demise - this qualified pharmacist left behind proof of astoundingly stupid judgment (she died).

And while there is no reference to alcohol as contributing to her death, it would certainly be a factor in most Darwin Awards.

8th Dec 2015, 23:00
Dying from an drug overdose when the subject is a pharmacist, she definitely qualifies for the Darwin award.

9th Dec 2015, 02:07
11-foot alligator killed accused burglar hiding in pond.Back in the '80s the RCMP were pursuing a robbery suspect near Banff who ran into the same patch of woods a rogue grizzly had appropriated. The RCMP did not follow;) After territorial discussion with the grizzly the suspect decided he was better off in the hands of the RCMP:eek:

The grizzly had developed a taste for shrimp and seafood leavings behind a restaurant that likely got a serious fine.

29th Dec 2015, 10:03
German man dies after blowing up condom machine - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35189938)

7th Jan 2016, 17:00
Walking into a French police station wearing a fake suicide belt seems to be in a special category of stupidity as well as wickedness:
Man wielding knife and wearing fake suicide vest killed at Paris police station | World news | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/07/paris-police-shoot-dead-man-near-police-station)
Must have raised the average quality of the gene pool

7th Jan 2016, 19:11
As it's now well and truly 2016, isn't a new thread in order?

Gertrude the Wombat
7th Jan 2016, 19:38
As it's now well and truly 2016, isn't a new thread in order?
We had one definite and one probable very early in 2016 in the UK, both dog related.

Krystal n chips
9th Jan 2016, 08:15
Now, apart from the fact the deceased was attached to a hot air balloon on the ground....which in itself always has more than average potential for the ultimate award......balloons being noted for their ground handling stability as we know.......it was what was due to follow thereafter that is worthy of a nomination....

French daredevil falls to death while preparing for tightrope stunt | Sport | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/08/french-daredevil-falls-to-death-while-preparing-for-tightrope-stunt)

Walking between two, when airborne therefore......again, balloons are noted for the accuracy of control are they not.

No doubt however, another contender will emerge to prove the law of gravity is closely related to Darwin's Law.

9th Jan 2016, 10:54
Rather wonerful entence in the report -

Base jumper Tancrède Melet was unable to free himself from hot air balloon and plummeted 65ft when it suddenly took off

Looks like he did free himself when he didn't need to.