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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 16:44
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2018 Darwin Awards

Let's get the New Year off to a start with this....

An Edinburgh Napier University lecturer watched his friend plunge to his death from a moving train after the pair realised they were on the wrong train - and decided to JUMP off.

Fabian Galama, 53, and his Dutch friend Erik Suidman, 51, were travelling by train to Agra on the last leg of a two-week journey in western India on Tuesday.

But the pair mistakenly boarded an Express to New Delhi and decided to jump off the train as it left the platform.

Fabian jumped first and escaped with minor injuries - but Erik suffered fatal head injuries after he lost his balance as he jumped and landed inches from the track.
Edinburgh Napier lecturer watched friend plunge to his death after jumping off moving train in India - Daily Record
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Old 3rd Jan 2018, 22:07
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He might be disbarred by age or proclivity.
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He might be disbarred by age or proclivity.
53 isn't too old to procreate. Just ask Mick Jagger ...
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Bnt, true, but I thought the object was to remove from the gene pool before procreation. I was alluding to the fact that at 53 he may have already failed that test.
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53 isn't too old to procreate. Just ask Mick Jagger ...
Or Rupert Murdoch...
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53 isn't too old to procreate. Just ask Mick Jagger ...
Or Rupert Murdoch...
Sydney Smith, notable Anglican clergyman of the early 19th century, was told of an elderly duke who had married a young woman, but had failed to produce the necessary heir. "How strange. I always thought that was the purpose of domestic chaplains."
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Or Rupert Murdoch...
Until recently I thought my 28 year age difference was marginally socially unacceptable but then I met an 81 year old that has a new born baby with a 26 year old Apart from thinking it's a bit selfish that he obviously won't be around to see the child grow up I don't know whether I should frown upon him or her more, but the plumbing still appears to work.
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The point is that having procreated already does not disqualify one from an award. The way the Darwin Awards website rules page puts it:
The existence of offspring, though potentially deleterious to the gene pool, does not disqualify a nominee. Children inherit only half of each parent's genetic material and thus have their own chance to survive or snuff themselves. If, for instance, the offspring has inherited the "Play With Combustibles" gene, but also has inherited the "Use Caution When..." gene, then she is a potential innovator and asset to the human race. Therefore, each nominee is judged based on whether or not she has removed her own genes, without consideration to the number of offspring or, in the case of an elderly winner, the likelihood of producing more offspring.
More here.
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And the final challenge... is to commit suicide to prove yourself worthy and collect the top prize.
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/med...n-Algeria.html
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And the final challenge... is to commit suicide to prove yourself worthy and collect the top prize.
Wonder what the top prize is?
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74 Virgins?
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The desire to make a spectacular shot on his birthday played a cruel joke with a 39-year-old resident of Turkey - during the jump he could not stand on his feet and fell off a 20-meter rock, IHA reports . A friend took off the last seconds of Khalil Dag's life on video.

The tragic incident occurred on the first day of the coming year in Sanliurfa. After a short walk, the telephone company manager invited his comrades to climb the ruins of the fortress of Urfa, from where a beautiful view of the city and the Great Mosque opens. Here Khalil, the father of eight children, decided to demonstrate his dexterity by jumping off a one and a half meter high cliff. Landing on the ground, he could not keep his balance, fell to the left side and rolled off the 20-meter rock.

Witnesses of the incident were not only his friends, but also the visitors of a nearby cafe. They were the first to come to the aid of the birthday boy and summoned doctors to the place, but he could not save the seriously injured man - he died on the way to the hospital.
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http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37203250/florida-man-calls-911-on-himself-while-drunk-driving
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Unfortunate, but meets the criteria.
Brown snake: Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite
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This is what is unfortunate.....
"A spokesman for NSW Police said officers took control of the snake but were unable to kill it as brown snakes are considered an endangered species."
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What would be the point of killing the snake?
Once they 'have control' of the snake, it's a simple enough job to remove it from proximity to humans. Or was the idea to punish it for biting a superior being?

Most snakebites occur when people try to kill snakes. The next most occur when people try to catch them. There's no shortage of public information on how to treat snakebite, but it has to be done quickly. Surely we all have a responsibility to learn a bit of basic first aid.
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Also yet another case that dogs can manage OK without humans. As no mention of the dog it probably had a good grip on the situation.
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Florida Man* is a law unto himself, he has his own Reddit forum with new tales of his exploits appearing daily. Surely the world's worst superhero ...

* it's not always men - women qualify too. Such as the woman who was run over by her own car while trying to escape from an angry cat ...
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* it's not always men - women qualify too. Such as the woman who was run over by her own car while trying to escape from an angry cat ...
Some friends of mine moved house from Cornwall to Mid-Wales a few years ago. Their cat hated going in a car, so they went to the vet and obtained a sedative, and with the aid of this they managed to get the cat into it's travelling basket and into his car (his wife was driving their other car, so he was on his own with the cat). Just before he got to the Bristol junction on the M5 North, the cat came around. It managed to release the catch on the basket and leapt at the back of my friend's head, spitting with fury, or fright.

Imagine the scene, he's trying to drive up the motorway, with a mad cat attacking his head and clawing at his face from behind. Eventually he managed to get on to the hard shoulder and stop the car, got the cat off his head, but couldn't get it back in the basket. He did manage to get out of the car, leaving the cat inside, and walked to the nearest emergency phone.

I gather the request for a vet to sedate a mad cat that was running rampant inside his car was not easy to explain to the emergency operator.............
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I gather the request for a vet to sedate a mad cat that was running rampant inside his car was not easy to explain to the emergency operator.............
I've had similar with the wife
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