Archive for the ‘Darwin Award’ Category

Yet another reason to avoid tongue piercing!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Tongue piercing killed woman in 2 days

A woman died of blood poisoning two days after having her tongue pierced as a birthday treat, an inquest was told on Thursday.

Amanda Taylor wanted the stud so she could look like royal Zara Phillips and pop star Pink, her family said.

The 34-year-old collapsed within 48 hours of having the 2cm (0.8in) steel bar put through her tongue. Just before she died, she wrote on Facebook: ‘I feel like crap.’

Before yesterday’s hearing, Miss Taylor’s mother Lorraine, 61, said: ‘I was against [the piercing] and Amanda never did anything unless she had my blessing.

‘But her friend was having it done too so I said: “You’re going to be 34 – I’ll give you my blessing but I’m still not 100 per cent happy”.

Yet another reason not to bleach hair

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

U.K. Teen Dies in Blast After Cigarette Sparks Hair Bleach:

In freak accident, hydrogen peroxide used to lighten hair sparks when hair dresser lights a cigarette, causing her car to explode.

A British hairdresser died after her cigarette ignited a leaking bottle of hydrogen peroxide bleach which then blew up in her car as she drove along a quiet country lane, the Bournemouth Echo reported Thursday.

Jennie Mitchell’s grieving father Bob urged hairdressers to show extreme caution when carrying the hydrogen peroxide, a powerful bleach used to lighten hair when mixed with ammonia.

“The hydrogen peroxide had ventilated in the car. She opened the window, which introduced oxygen,” he said.

“Jennie was a smoker and it’s likely that she lit or had a lit a cigarette.”

“Until the accident, nobody knew this could happen. We keep saying, you couldn’t have written this in a script.”

Darwin award of the week

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Teen Killed in Freak Car Accident:

A teenager who stuck his head out of a car window died when the teen driver crashed into a parked vehicle in Porter Ranch, a Los Angeles police sergeant said today.

Adir Vered, 17, of Woodland Hills, was killed about 9:25 p.m. Friday in the 10400 block of Wystone Avenue, according to the coroner and Sgt. Charles Swanson of the Valley Traffic Division.

A 16-year-old was driving the car when it hit a parked car, Swanson said.

Vered, who was not wearing a seat belt and had stuck his head out the window, was killed when his head hit the parked car and he was ejected, Swanson said.

The 2009 Darwin Awards are in!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Bungling bank bandits top Darwin Awards

TWO bank robbers who blew themselves up trying to make a sizable withdrawal from an ATM have been declared the 2009 winners of the Darwin Awards.

Organisers say the annual “prize” is given to “those doing the most to improve the human gene pool … by removing themselves from it”.

They both were killed when the blast demolished the entire building the ATM was housed in.

Police only found the body of the second robber some twelve hours after digging through the debris.

They had initially assumed he had made a getaway.

The bankrobbers just edged ahead of Florida man Shawn Motero, who was stuck in a traffic jam when nature called.

He got out of his car and jumped over a concrete wall to find a more secluded spot.

Unfortunately, the 30-year-old had not realized he was on a bridge and fell 65ft (19.8m) to his death.

Dressing up like an animal during hunting season not too brite

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Man dressed in animal skin shot dead during hunt

A Greek man dressed in animal hide was mistakenly shot dead while out hunting wild boar for a Christmas dinner.

Police said members of a shooting party made up of families opened fire when Christos Constantinou, 49, moved through the undergrowth.

They are thought to have been confused by the fact the victim was disguised in dark goat skins, which are used to camouflage and to mislead their prey.

The groups had fanned out in pairs of two to track down an animal for the traditional festive dinner when the accident happened.

Remember kids, bears make bad pets

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Pa. Woman Mauled To Death By Bear

A northeastern Pennsylvania woman, whose husband is an exotic pet dealer operating on an expired license, was mauled to death by a black bear over the weekend.

Authorities say Kelly Ann Walz, 37, of Ross Township in Monroe County, was attacked by her 350 pound pet bear while cleaning its cage at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

Walz had reportedly thrown a shovelful of dog food to one side of the cage to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side, but the animal turned on her and attacked.

Walz’s children and the neighbor’s children saw the attack and summoned help, and the neighbor shot and killed the bear while it was atop Walz, said Tim Conway, an information and education supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

“Why this woman chose to go in the same area that the bear was in is beyond me. It’s a fatal mistake,” he said. “These things are not tame animals, they’re wild animals.”

Today’s Darwin Award

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Gun Safety Demo Turns Tragic

An Arizona man killed himself early Sunday while demonstrating gun safety techniques.

 Samuel Benally, 26, of Phoenix, was in an apartment with the two witnesses when he told them guns should be kept unloaded because people could point them at their heads, Sierra Vista police Sgt. Brett Mitchell told the Arizona Star

. Benally put his own 9mm Ruger, which he thought was unloaded, to his head and fired, Mitchell said. He was flown to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Mitchell said.

Dressing like a Nazi on New Year’s Not Too Brite

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Bayonet-armed man in WW2 garb killed by police

A man dressed in a World War II German military uniform was shot several times by Seattle police when he pointed a bayonet-style military rifle at officers during a bizarre incident early Thursday morning.

The 22-year-old man died of his injuries hours later at the hospital.

Police were initially called to the scene in the 5200 block of 17th Avenue NE, at about 1:55 a.m. when a neighbor called to report gunshots fired in a back alley, said Seattle police spokesman Jeffrey Kappel.

The neighbor said he saw about five men dressed in dark clothing and military uniforms – one with a rifle, another with a shotgun – firing their weapons. The suspects fled when he called police.

“I saw the one subject with a shotgun fire three shots into the air,” the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told KOMO News.

Seattle police and a SWAT team responded, and the suspects fled.

This weekend’s Darwin Award

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

16-Year-Old Dies From Motorcycle Stunts At School

A 16-year-old Riverside boy doing stunts in a high school parking lot crashed his new 2008 Yamaha R1 motorcycle into a classroom building, and died a short time later, Riverside police said Sunday.

Coroner’s officials identified the teen as Austin Lee Allen, 16, of Riverside.

Riverside police Sgt. Dan Reeves said the motorcycle rider was initially believed to be a student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where the crash was reported at 7:22 p.m. Saturday.

Darwin Award of the Week

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

1 Killed, 1 Hurt on Open-Top Bus After Hitting Heads on SE Bridge

One man was killed and another was critically injured last night when their heads struck a freeway overpass while on the upper deck of a bus headed to the Washington Nationals baseball game, D.C. police said.

The incident occurred about 8:45 p.m., as the open-topped double-decker bus, which was westbound on the Southeast Freeway, passed beneath the 11th Street overpass.

“They were standing in the upper part of the bus, and their heads struck the under part of the overpass,” said Cmdr. Andy Solberg, field supervisor for the police.

Today’s Darwin Award

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Teen Decapitated In High-Speed Crash

A teenager died after he crashed a SUV into the back yard of a northwest Harris County home early Friday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said the 16-year-old was driving at least 90 mph when he crashed on Champions Forest Drive near Teakwood Forest Drive at about 1 a.m.

Detectives said the teen crashed into a wooden fence before hitting a Hummer that was parked in a driveway.

The teen was decapitated by a wooden fence post, deputies said.

Lighting match inside giant fuel tank not too brite

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Romulus man burned in blast

An Amish man suffered burns on 75 percent of his body after a large gas tank exploded on his Yerkes Road farm late Monday morning.

Seneca County sheriff investigators said that the man, Samuel L. Byler, 25, lit a match near a 175-gallon fuel tank on his farm at 2081 Yerkes Road, igniting vapors inside and causing it to explode about 11:30 a.m.

Byler, who suffered burns on much of his body, was treated at the scene by EMTs and then transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in guarded condition this morning in the burn unit.

Byler suffered third-degree burns on his hands and chest, the sheriff’s department said.

Yet another copper-thief Darwin Award

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Man suspected of stealing copper lines electrocuted

Sheriff’s deputies checking out a report of downed power lines early Thursday morning found the body of a man who had apparently been electrocuted.

Authorities suspect the man was trying to steal copper wire contained in the energized transmission cables.

The body was discovered just after 1 a.m. in an unincorporated area east of Oceanside near state Route 76 and Holly Lane, sheriff’s officials said.

When deputies arrived they found that two power lines had been cut and one of them was touching the man’s body, which was lying on the ground.

A ladder was leaning against the utility pole and several tools were also found.

Diving in chummed waters not too brite

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Diver in chummed waters dies after shark bite

An Austrian tourist died Monday after being bitten by a shark while diving near the Bahamas in waters that had been baited with bloody fish parts to attract the predators.

Markus Groh, 49, a Vienna lawyer and diving enthusiast, was on a commercial dive trip Sunday when he was bitten about 50 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, said Karlick Arthur, Austrian counsel general in Miami, Florida.

Groh was in the open water without a cage or similar protection.

The crew aboard the Shear Water, of Riviera Beach-based Scuba Adventures, immediately called the U.S. Coast Guard, which received a mayday from the vessel, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen.

Groh was airlifted to a hospital, where he died. Groh was bitten on the leg, Ameen said, but he could not be more specific about the extent of his injuries.

It was unclear what type of shark was involved in the attack. The shark got away before anyone could identify the species.

Today’s Darwin Award

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Man dies after accidentally shooting himself at party

A man accidentally shot and killed himself at a South Dallas party early Saturday after showing off his pistol to friends, police said.

A group of friends were drinking in the 3400 block of Iroquois Street when Andreous Robinson, 20, went outside around 1 a.m. and shot a few rounds into the air.

Police said Mr. Robinson then returned inside and thought that he’d discharged all of the rounds, so he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, said Sgt. Bruce McDonald, a homicide officer.

This morning’s Darwin Award

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Man, 21, Killed Riding Atop a Subway Train in Manhattan

A 21-year-old man was killed last night while riding atop a subway car in Upper Manhattan, the police said.
The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. on a C train, in a tunnel between West 145th and 155th Streets, the police said. Service was disrupted on the A, C and D subway lines for nearly two hours.

Yet another reason not to try catching a cobra with your pants

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Trouser snake kills Cambodian man

A Cambodian man who took off his trousers, tied the legs at the bottom and wrangled a 2-metre cobra into them died when it bit him through the fabric, local media reported Monday.

Khmer-language daily Koh Santepheap quoted police as saying Chab Kear, 36, saw the reptile swimming in a river just outside the capital last Thursday during a drinking session and captured it in the hopes of selling it later in the day.

“I’ve actually heard callers on talk radio say that this guy deserved what he got for wearing a Texas T-shirt into a bar in the middle of Sooner country”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Texas Football Fan Nearly Castrated in Bar Fight in Oklahoma Bar

To some Oklahoma football fans, there are things that just aren’t done in the heart of Sooner Nation, and one of them is to walk into a bar wearing a Texas Longhorns T-shirt.

That’s exactly what touched off a bloody skirmish that left a Texas-shirt-wearing fan nearly castrated and an Oklahoma fan facing aggravated assault charges that could put him in prison for up to five years.

The shocking case has set off a raging debate in this football-crazed region about the extreme passions behind a bitter rivalry. Some legal observers have even questioned whether this case could ever truly have an impartial jury.

Not to brite!

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Rookie cop who killed himself removed clip, left bullet in chamber

The San Francisco rookie police officer who accidentally shot himself to death fired his weapon while displaying for a female friend how officers are taught to avoid having their guns used against them, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.

The incident happened at 1:40 a.m. Saturday during a gathering of as many as 15 people at the San Mateo apartment of the 23-year-old officer, James Gustafson Jr.

According to those familiar with the incident, Gustafson was showing his Police Department-issued semiautomatic pistol after removing the clip that stores the rounds. He explained that there are ways an officer can disable a weapon in close proximity to keep it from being fired.

It apparently was part of a demonstration of the department’s “weapons retention” procedures. However, there was still a bullet in the chamber.

Gustafson pointed the weapon at his neck and pulled the trigger, shooting himself, according to authorities.

Trying to impress women with your gun knowledge often results in things like this.

Yet another criminal Darwin Award!

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Ohio Man Dies in Attempt to Steal Copper From Power Line; Body Found in Wires

A man trying to take down a power line to steal and sell the copper inside was electrocuted Monday, the Butler County sheriff’s office said.

Deputies found Brandon Reed, 22, of Hamilton, tangled in lines about 3 a.m., Lt. Marian Olivas said. Utility crews recovered the body, Olivas said.

Another man, Josh Snyder, 24, of Hamilton, told investigators that he left Reed about 20 miles north of Cincinnati and was supposed to pick him up after Reed had cut down the wire, Olivas said.

Criminal Darwin Award of the Week

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Copper thieves die trying

Firefighters weren’t sure what was causing the smoke rising from a former discount store in this Baltimore suburb. The place had been abandoned for years, the interior stripped to the walls.

When they got inside July 2, they found only one thing burning: a 41-year-old man who became engulfed in flames and died after cutting through a high-voltage line.

Sean Phelps became another ghastly casualty of what authorities say is a deadly national trend: copper wiring thefts.

“I am the emperor and I’m here to take over state government.”

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Man shot in US governor’s office

An unidentified man armed with a gun has been shot dead at the offices of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

The incident occurred at about 1415 (2015 GMT) in the office foyer, Gov Ritter’s spokesman told the BBC.

He said the man was ordered repeatedly to put down his firearm before he was shot by state troopers, who provide security at the Denver state capitol.

Today’s Darwin Award

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Woman Dies Doing Handstand on Balcony

An Alabama woman died after she fell 15 feet from an apartment balcony, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Jessica Ashley Hawkins, 20, asked two friends to take her to the hospital after she struck the ground headfirst Thursday evening. Hawkins was attempting a handstand from the balcony when she fell.

Hawkins lost consciousness in the car on the way to the hospital, according to a sheriff’s incident report. She was taken to Winter Park Hospital, transferred to the Orlando Regional Medical Center and died at 11:35 p.m., according to the report.

“This really is a tragedy,” sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said. “Both of the young lady’s friends were very, very distraught.”

Today’s Darwin Award Nominees

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Man dies after ‘tombstoning’ jump

A middle-aged man drowned and another was seriously injured when they jumped into the sea off a pier in Essex, in a stunt known as “tombstoning”.

The two men – both believed to be in their 40s – were found face-down in the sea by lifeboat crews after jumping off a pier at Clacton, Essex, on Saturday.

Idiot father almost wins Darwin Award

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

German man spits, falls off balcony

A 43-year-old German man was taken to hospital in critical condition after he fell off a second story balcony during a spitting contest with his 12-year-old son, police said on Friday.

A spokesman for the police in the eastern town of Cottbus said the man in Forst had apparently lost his balance after thrusting too far forward in his attempt to outspit his son.

Dead puppies are no fun, they no longer jump and run…

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Indian Couple Commits Suicide Over the Death of Their Dog

Unable to come to terms with the death of their pet dog, a childless couple in southern India hanged themselves. The bodies of 67-year-old retired soldier C.N. Madanraj and his wife, Tarabai, 63, were found Sunday in their home in a suburb of Hyderabad.

Hat tip to Kara!

Crazed driver crashes head-on into bus

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Wrong-way driver killed in crash with Greyhound bus

A car going the wrong way on a divided highway collided head-on with a Greyhound bus early Saturday, killing the driver of the car and injuring 20 other people, police said. Panicked passengers crawled out the bus’s windows.

The bus driver had tried to evade the oncoming car, police and a passenger said. Heather Marie Thomas, 23, was driving southbound in a northbound lane on Interstate 85 at the time of the 3:05 a.m. crash, said police Lt. Mark Drinkard.

Police said they did not know why the car was in the wrong lane or whether alcohol was involved.

The bus driver did all he could to try to avoid the oncoming car, said Cannon, a construction worker from Asheville, North Carolina, who was returning home from a job in New Orleans. “When the bus would turn right, the car would turn right. When the bus would turn left, the car would turn left,” he said.

Yet another reason to avoid prowling around high voltage

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Purdue student’s body found in electrical closet

A body found slumped over machinery in a dormitory’s high-voltage utility room was identified Tuesday as a 19-year-old Purdue University student who vanished in January, school officials said.

A maintenance worker investigating a “pinging” sound on Monday discovered the body of Wade Steffey, a freshman who was last seen in the area January 13 after he left a fraternity party. The Tippecanoe County coroner identified the body Tuesday.

It appeared Steffey tripped and fell onto a power transformer, Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said. “He is believed to have died instantly,” she said.

Yet another gamer dead at the keyboard

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Online gamer dies after ‘marathon’ session

An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a “marathon” online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday. The 330-pound man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending “almost all” of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.

Hat tip to Kara!

Yet another reason not to use your laptop while driving

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Driver Used Laptop Before Crash, Police Say

Authorities investigating a fatal crash in California said they found a dead man’s laptop computer in the wreckage. It was still running. They believe the man was using the computer while driving. It was plugged into his car’s cigarette lighter. The man’s car crossed into oncoming traffic near Yuba City on Monday and collided with a Hummer. The couple inside the Hummer escaped with just bumps and bruises.

Hat tip to Kara!

Yet another reason not to rappel with a rope made of blankets

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Boy, 12, falls 5 stories with blankets tied like rope:

A cab driver arrived home to find his 12-year-old son’s body in a courtyard below their fifth-floor apartment, wrapped in blankets tied together like a rope.

Police said Jonathan Batista’s injuries were consistent with a fall and that the death was not suspicious. The boy had learning disabilities.

Teodoro Batista, 42, had just finished an overnight shift driving a cab on Wednesday when he discovered that Jonathan was missing from the Manhattan apartment where they live with Jonathan’s stepmother.

Yet another reason to avoid paragliders

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Storm sucked paraglider up to icy death

A Chinese paraglider may have suffocated or frozen to death after being sucked upwards into a storm cell at a rate up to 20 metres per second.

The body of Beijing man He Zhongpin, 42, was found by the Westpac Rescue helicopter 25 kilometres south-east of Bingara in northern NSW about 2pm yesterday.

Mr He, a member of the Chinese national paragliding team, was in training for the Paragliding World Championships, which start next week in nearby Manilla.

“Karen loved animals. Unfortunately the cheetahs betrayed her trust”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Cheetahs Maul Woman to Death at Zoo in Belgium

An animal lover was mauled to death by cheetahs after entering their cage at a zoo in northern Belgium, authorities and zoo officials said Monday. Karen Aerts, 37, of Antwerp, was found dead in the cage, Olmense Zoo spokesman Jan Libot said. Police said they ruled out any foul play. Authorities believe Aerts, a regular visitor to the zoo, hid in the park late Sunday until it closed and managed to find the keys to the cheetah cage.

Today’s Darwin Nominee

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Teen falls to death at car show:

After viewing tapes from security cameras near the fifth-floor escalator, Robert Charron, head of security at the Palais, said: “For reasons we don’t know, he decided to sit on the rails. When he noticed it was going to be difficult, he tried to grab at the structure and fell onto the entrance vestibule, about 40 feet below.

“It was an isolated incident, but very unfortunate.”

Yet another reason not to ride on the top of Pakistani trains

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Power line kills 11 on train roof

Dozens of people sitting on the roof of a crowded passenger train were hit by an overhead power line in southern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 40 others, the railways minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said. The tragedy occurred near the town of Sukkur in Sindh province. The victims were either electrocuted or tossed off the top of the moving train after the high-voltage line hit them.

Yet another reason to keep toddlers on a leash

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Toddler Dies After Head Crushed in Florida Car Wash

Jaharra Brown slipped out of her aunt’s car while her mother and aunt vacuumed their cars Thursday. She wandered into the car wash, which was about 35 feet from the car, police said.

Yet another reason not to hold your wee for a Wii!

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

US woman dies after water contest:

A Californian woman who took part in a water-drinking contest to win a video game system has died of water intoxication, tests have shown.

Jennifer Strange had taken part in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” game run by KDND 107.9 radio in Sacramento, which promised the winner a Nintendo Wii.

Yet another reason not to play Zap-a-Mole

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Man electrocuted by do-it-yourself mole-killer

A German retiree who wired up a high-voltage cable to try to wipe out the moles digging up his garden killed himself instead, police said Thursday.

Idiot family of the week

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

6 relatives hospitalized — ate wild mushrooms:

Six members of a Santa Cruz County family are being treated for liver damage in a San Francisco hospital after they consumed a New Year’s Day feast of freshly picked wild mushrooms that apparently contained the notoriously poisonous Amanita phalloides, also known as death caps.

That’s what you get for scrawling graffiti on the tracks during rush hour

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

GRAFFITI KID KILLED BY LIRR

A 13-year-old Queens boy was killed last night when a Long Island Rail Road train slammed into him on the track as he scrawled graffiti, police and witnesses said.

Yet another reason not to claim gang membership if you aren’t really a member

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Four held in teen’s Russian roulette death in October:

Moments before his death last October in a secluded area near the banks of the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis, 17-year-old Trevor Marsh learned he was in a game of Russian roulette. Authorities say that Raine C. Neiss, 16, of Minneapolis, one of three people angry that Marsh was claiming to be a member of the Gangster Disciples, put a gun to Marsh’s head and declared, “the bullet will tell if you are telling the truth.”

Yet another idiot child imitaes Saddam’s hanging

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Boy in US hangs himself aping Saddam

A 10-year-old US boy who hanged himself may have been inspired to do it by television coverage of Saddam Hussein’s execution. The deceased’s relatives told the police in Webster, Texas, that Sergio Pelico had seen the video of the former Iraqi leader’s hanging and asked about it before the incident on Sunday.

This year’s Darwin Awards Announced!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

2006 Darwin Award: High on Life

The feet of Jason and Sara, both 21, were found protruding from a deflated, huge helium advertising balloon. Jason was a college student, and Sara attended community college, but apparently their education had glossed over the importance of oxygen.

 The pair pulled down the 8′ balloon, and climbed inside. Their last words consisted of high-pitched, incoherent giggling as they slowly passed out and passed into the hereafter.

Yet another reason not to imitate Saddam’s hanging

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Pakistani child imitating Saddam’s hanging dies

A young boy who tried to copy hanging scenes from the execution video of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein died in central Pakistan, police said. ADVERTISEMENT Mubashar Ali, 9, hanged himself, while re-enacting Hussein’s hanging with the help of elder sister, 10, after tying a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck in his home in Rahim Yar Khan district Sunday, a local police official said.