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Old 12-19-2001, 03:14 PM   #1
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The 2001 Darwin Awards

It’s that time again! The awards this year are classic. These awards are given each year to bestow upon (the remains of) that individual, who through single-minded self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool. We present the 2001 “Natural Selection” awards:

5th RUNNER-UP: Goes to a San Anselmo, California man who died when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad. The 22-year old David Hubal was pronounced dead at Central Mammoth Hospital. The accident occurred about 3 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Department said. Hubal and his friends apparently had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley and undid some yellow foam protectors from lift towers, said Lt. Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit towers. The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and Hubal crashed into a tower. It has since been investigated and determined the tower he hit was the one with its pad removed.

4th RUNNER-UP: Goes to Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call the police, Puelo grabbed a hot dog, shoved it into his mouth and walked out without paying. Police found him unconscious in front of the store. Paramedics removed the six-inch wiener from his throat where it had choked him to death.

3rd RUNNER-UP: Goes to poacher Marino Malerba of Spain, who shot a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock and was killed instantly when it fell on him.

2nd RUNNER-UP: “Man loses face at party.” A man at a West Virginia party, (probably related to the winner last year, a man in Arkansas who used the 22 bullet to replace the fuse in his pickup truck) popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth, and tongue. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during the party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. “Another man had it in an aquarium hooked to a battery and was trying to explode it.” “It wouldn’t go off and this guy said I’ll show you how to set it off.” He put it into his mouth, bit down and it blew all his teeth out and his lips and tongue off, Payne said. Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesperson at Charleston Area Medical Division. “I just can’t imagine anyone doing something like that,” Payne said.

1st RUNNER-UP: Doctors at Portland University Hospital said an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky to be alive and will be released soon from the hospital. Tony Roberts, 25, lost his right eye last weekend during an initiation into a men’s rafting club, Mountain Men Anonymous (probably known now as Stupid Mountain Men Anonymous) in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered Robert’s right eye. Doctors said that had the arrow gone 1 millimeter to the left, a major blood vessel would have been cut and Roberts would have died instantly. Neurosurgeon Doctor Johnny Delashaw at the University Hospital in Portland said the arrow went through 8 to 10 inches of brain with the tip protruding at the rear of his skull, yet somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels. Delashaw also said that had Roberts tried to pull the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed himself. Roberts admitted afterwards that he and his friends had been drinking that afternoon. Said Roberts, “I feel so dumb about this.” No charges have been filed, but the Josephine County district attorney’s office said the initiation stunt is under investigation.

THIS YEAR’S WINNER: (The late) John Pernicky and his friend, (the late) Sal Hawkins, of the great state of Washington, decided to attend a local Metallica concert at the George Washington amphitheater. Having no tickets (but having had 18 beers between them), they thought it would be easy to “hop” over the nine foot fence and sneak into the show. They pulled their pickup truck over to the fence and the plan was for Mr. Pernicky, who was 100-pounds heavier than Mr. Hawkins, to hop the fence and then assist his friend over. Unfortunately for (the late) Mr. Pernicky, there was a 30-foot drop on the other side of the fence. Having heaved himself over, he found himself crashing through a tree. His fall was abruptly halted (and broken, along with his arm) by a large branch that snagged him by his shorts. Dangling from the tree with a broken arm, he looked down and saw some bushes below him. Possibly figuring the bushes would break his fall, he removed his pocket knife and proceeded to cut away his shorts to free himself from he tree. Finally free, Mr. Pernicky crashed into holly bushes. The sharp leaves scratched his ENTIRE body and now, without the protection of his shorts, a holly branch penetrated his rectum. To make matters worse, on landing, his pocket knife penetrated his thigh. Mr. Hawkins, on seeing his friend in considerable pain and agony, decided to throw him a rope and pull him to safety by tying the rope to the pickup truck and slowly driving away. However, in his drunken haste/state, he put the truck into reverse and crashed through the fence landing on his friend and killing him. Police arrived to find the crashed pickup with its driver thrown 100 feet from the truck and dead at the scene from massive internal injuries. Upon moving the truck, they found John under it, half-naked, scratches on his body, a holly stick in his rectum, a knife in his thigh, and his shorts dangling from a tree branch 25-feet in the air.

Congratulations gentlemen, you win.
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:27 PM   #2

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ROFL, nice! It's always makes me feel good that I'm not that stupid.
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:42 PM   #3
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The Darwin awards are the best!
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Old 12-19-2001, 04:11 PM   #4
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Those are always great to read, but were those just released or are they last years winners? I read those same stories a while ago.
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Old 12-19-2001, 09:21 PM   #5
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wow thats sick.
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Old 12-20-2001, 03:12 AM   #6
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thank god these morons are being elminated from the gene pool.

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Old 12-20-2001, 09:03 AM   #7
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I was once sent a picture of a guy who had set off a firecracker in his mouth....picture was probably fake, but it looked realistic enough, and it's probably the grossest thing I've ever seen. Deleted the darn thing because I would get sick looking at it. Wonder if it's the same guy.
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Old 12-20-2001, 11:13 AM   #8
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For more up-to-date stories, check out the "official" site:

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I think a few of those have been floating around for a while. Here's one recent one from up here in MN:

It's been a very mild winter here in Minnesota. Many of the "hardcore" snowmobile enthusiasts have been chomping at the bit to finally be able to take their sled out. There have only been a few days below freezing this winter in central Minnesota. Some of the lakes even got an inch or two of ice near the shores from overnight freezing, much of it melting during the day. There is still no snow on the ground around here. About a week ago a man drowned in a lake not very far north of where I live in what was called a "snowmobile accident". I had to look at the story again to make sure it wasn't in a part of MN with snow on the ground (way up north). It was not. The man had decided he could not wait for the snow to fall and decided to take his sled out on the thin ice that had formed on the lake near his house. He was not trying to skip over open water, he just couldn't stand to let his snowmobile sit idle for so long.

Now I may feel sorry for the family for their loss, but I can't feel sorry for that guy. My father once said that snowmobiles, when used for recreation, are one of the ways the government thins the gene pool. Combine that with thin ice, one of nature's ways of cleaning the gene pool, and you've got almost 100 deaths per year. Crazy, isn't it?

I've been snubbed by local snowmobilers here on the ROADS so many times that I have no great love for those machines. Maybe if people adhered to the laws or at least showed some curtesy to those who have the right of way on the public roads I wouldn't have such a problem.
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