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A Revenge of the Llamas Quiz : The Darwin Awards
What a Way to Go
"The Darwin Awards seek "to honour those who improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it!" All those featured within have demonstrated a remarkable lack of intelligent forethought usually leading to an untimely demise."
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A Czech burglar got more than he bargained for when he cut through a steel cable in an elevator shaft at an unused grainery. What happened to him?
The cable opened a trapdoor. Failing to duck, he was buried under a mound of grain.
Holding a steel cable in the midst of a major thunderstorm is not a good idea. He was struck down by a bolt of lightning.
The cable, no longer under tension, wrapped around him and propelled him, as if by launcher, 40 feet into the air. Gravity then completed the job.
Once the cable was severed, the elevator's counterbalance was released to crush the burglar.
In 1871, Clement Vallandigham was defending a client in a murder trial. The defence assertion was that the deceased's method of drawing a gun had led to his shooting himself. Vallandigham duly re-enacted the scene ... and shot himself.
Fr. Adelir Antonio de Carli perished whilst attempting the world record for clustered balloon flight. He used a buoyant chair, wore a protective suit and carried a mobile phone and a GPS. Out at sea, however, it became clear that he had made one fatal miscalculation. What was it?
He had forgotten to top up his mobile phone and could not page a support team.
His chair was buoyant but not shark-proof.
He did not know how to work his GPS.
The area was a haunt of pirates who reached him before his rescue team could.
Bulgarian biology teacher Lidia decided to dispose of some unneeded chemicals by pouring them into the local sewer. In this enclosed space the substances combined and exploded with such force that Lidia was decapitated by the flying manhole cover.
How did a dog, a deer's leg bone and a loaded shotgun cause a fatal accident amongst a party of hunters?
The dog barked loudly causing one of the hunters to trip over the bone and discharge his shotgun.
The dog's owner used the butt as a club to 'persuade' the dog to drop the bone. The butt hit the ground. The gun went off shooting the owner.
One of the hunters threw the bone at the dog causing it to step on the gun with fatal consequences to the man sitting next to it.
The dog's owner disposed of the bone by dropping it off a cliff. The dog copied this with the shotgun which hit an overhang and went off.
In March 2007, farmers Fred and Frank Hare were patrolling their land with shotguns hunting for badgers. Sighting one, they took aim from opposite directions each unaware of the other's presence. Two shots later both lay dead whilst Mr Badger strolled away unharmed.
In what bizarre way did a Croatian man die in 2005?
He tried welding a live grenade.
He wanted to discover how far down his throat he could insert a frozen salami.
He negotiated a ski jump naked on his stomach singing the theme from Rawhide.
He jumped into the lions' enclosure at Dubrovnik zoo dressed as a stripey raccoon.
In 2006, Scuba loving Scot Crissee MacLeod, husband Mel and daughter Polly (5) were in South Africa swimming with dolphins. Even the dolphins retreated at the sight of a blue whale but not Crissee. Cue Mel : "She went close up but too far." Gone in a cloud of plankton.
Young Scot Anne Trivi was feeling less than bonny when sister Anna stole her boyfriend. In revenge, Anne poisoned a drink intended for Anna but due to a typographical error at the bar, the drink was delivered to the wrong table. Only Anna survived to see the funny side of it.
How was a Pennsylvania man electrocuted by his workplace electrical test equipment?
He attached it to two of his chest piercings.
He tried to use it to heat up a bath he was lying in.
He tried to operate it wearing the costume of the tin man from 'The Wizard of Oz'.
He was working on a chain gang and attached it to the links either side of him.
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