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1. 1994 Darwin Award: Short Circuit
Michael Anderson Godwin was a lucky murderer whose death sentence had been commuted to life in prison. Ironically, he was sitting on the metal toilet in his cell and attempting to fix the TV set when he bit down on a
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2. 2010 Darwin Award: Tiny Elec Fence
An electrical discharge made toast of municipal guard Arthur de Souza Coelho, 47, on Sunday evening. According to police reports, he had installed a tiny electric fence around his car to protect against the frequent
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3. 2009 At-Risk Survivor: Christmas Light Zinger
Eyewitness Account: 'I was helping a friend decorate her tree for Christmas. There was a strand of lights that seemed to have a short, so my friend took it upon herself to solve the problem. She stripped the
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4. 1994 Darwin Award: Electric Bathtub Blues
The singer Claude Francois did the most to popularize rock and roll music in France. His stellar career can be compared to that of Elvis Presley. One evening, he returned to his Paris apartment from a busy touring sc
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5. 2002 Personal Account: Electric Safety Lesson
All personnel stationed on an aircraft carrier are given safety lectures and demonstrations. In 1990, a First Class Petty Officer assigned to the mess deck was briefing new junior personnel on electrical safety.
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6. 2008 At-Risk Survivor: Shocking Rappel
This one's simple. A man climbed the high voltage power line tower behind his house, attached a rope to the top of it, and began to rappel down. He was shocked to discover that his harmless hobby was not safe at all
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7. 2008 Darwin Award: An Illuminating Story
A 71-year-old pensioner met a shocking end when his sneaky attempt to illuminate his garden shed with power siphoned from the National Grid backfired spectacularly...
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8. 2002 Darwin Award: Wounded Wire Bites Back
Daniel and his friend were practicing their marksmanship by shooting at targets in a farm field. But instead of the usual choices of mice, bottles, or birds, they selected a more worthy adversary: electrical i
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9. 2008 Darwin Award: Pierced!
A 23 year old man with various body piercings decided to see what it would feel like to connect his workplace test equipment to his chest piercings. Co-workers tried to convince him that it was a bad idea to connect himself to the electronic control tester....
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10. 2008 At-Risk Survivor: Orca Made Me Do It
Washington | Gabriel, 29, 'did it to punish the rich white people for the death of the whales, and the depletion of the rain forests.' He sought revenge by sawing through a 69,000-volt line...
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11. 2002 Darwin Award: The Worm Has Turned
It's a well-known fishing trick. Put 12V electrodes into the ground if you want worms come to the surface. One 23-year-old Laagendalsposten man withdrew his genes form the pool when he tried to speed up the process.
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12. 2006 Darwin Award: Copper Kite String
Belize | Benjamin Franklin reputedly flew his kite in a lightning storm, and discovered that lightning equals electricity. However, certain precautions must be taken to avoid sudden electrocution...
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13. 2007 Darwin Award: Ditched
New York | Joe, 20, was drunkenly driving through Wayne County farmland when he steered his car directly into a ditch and knocked over a power line. Oops! How could he rescue his car from the ditch without getting a DUI?
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14. 2001 Darwin Award: Pig Jig
Two farmers were killed and a third was hospitalized with serious injuries after the men attempted to kill a pig with a homemade stun gun during a traditional Hungarian pre-Christmas slaughter. One farmer electrocuted himself
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15. 2007 Darwin Award: Whac-A-Mole
Germany | A 63-year-old man's extraordinary effort to eradicate moles from his property resulted in a victory for the moles. The man pounded several metal rods into the ground and connected them to a high-voltage power line...
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16. 2005 Darwin Award WINNER: 'Plug Me In'
Nguyen, 21, had been drinking with friends in the Tu Liem district of Hanoi, when he pulled out an old detonator he had found. The detonator was about six centimeters long and 8 centimeters in diameter, with two wires
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17. 2008 Darwin Award: One Foot In The Pool...
Indonesia | Charles had just completed his studies at King William's College, and his dreams were ambitious. He planned retire by the age of 30. Unfortunately for Charles, his expensive education omitted an important lesson from the curriculum...
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18. 2002 Personal Account: Pain in the Neck
Five years ago, I came down with a sore neck, THE most irritating and painful affliction one can suffer from. The sheer pain will drive one to do strange things, like wrapping an electric blanket tightly around your o
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19. 2001 Darwin Award: Precarious Perch
A 31-year-old bow hunter defied tradition by getting himself killed, not with a stray arrow, but with electricity instead. The accomplished bowman had placed his hunting stand on what he thought was an abandoned utili
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20. 2006 Personal Account: Revenge of Mother Love
Graeme was watching a Soccer Cup final on TV. As his mum set about her seemingly endless rounds of household chores, ironing and griping, she uttered the classic female complaint. 'You never pay attention to me!'
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21. 2002 Personal Account: Electric Eccentric
It used to be, the dumbest thing I ever did was to come out of the kitchen with my hands dripping wet, and reach down to plug in a lamp. I got quite a shock, but the lamp still works. But now there's a new 'Dumbest
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22. 2005 Personal Account: Captain Magneto
During my days in the Canadian Air Force I worked at the Gliding School instructing cadets. A magneto uses magnets to produce a powerful high-voltage electric current to fire the starters of an aircraft. One night w
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23. 1994 Darwin Award: Sizzling Scaffolding
At the Amarillo Fairgrounds, some buildings were in need of a coat of paint, so local contractors were hired to do the job. Between the buildings was an angled alley with a culvert in the middle, designed to drain
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24. 2010 At-Risk Survivor: Shockingly Conductive
When I was in aviation electronics school in the service, my instructor began his class on 'Insulators' with this observation: 'Wood is a non-conductor, right? Well don't you believe it!' He had purchased an a
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25. At-Risk Survivor: Molten Copper Shower
England | Police are hunting for a badly scorched would-be copper thief after finding a hacksaw embedded in an 11,000 volt power cable. The thief also left a lit blow torch at the scene...
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26. 2002 Darwin Award: Human Torch
23 November 2002, Oslo, Norway Around 4:45 p.m., neighbors reported hearing a loud pop followed by a fire at a rail yard in Filipstad, just outside Oslo. Fearing a potential terrorist attack, fire and police crews rushe
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27. 2002 Darwin Award: Sneakers
Outside a camp for troubled youths, sneakers dangled from the electricity line, presumably tossed there by a camper who enjoyed the challenge and notoriety. But the sneakers were an eyesore to one 20-year-old employee. They
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28. 2001 Darwin Award: Killing Time
Electric trains in Glasgow collect power from the overhead cable, and transmit any excess through the rails to a solid copper cable that routes it to a power redistribution box. Copper is a favorite target for thieves. On
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29. 2011 Darwin Award: Hotter Copper Whopper
Keep away from copper, thief! Even a 10-year-old knows that taking bolt-cutters to a thick elecrical cable will kill you. How, many, thieves, have, to die, to prove that you shouldn't steal copper wire? Beside
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30. 2002 Personal Account: Repeat Offender
I recently created three opportunities to remove myself from the gene pool. God must have appreciated the humor I provided that day, as I was allowed to survive to share my experience with others. While working on the
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31. 2000 Darwin Award: Shocking Fall
26-year-old Tod made a place for himself in history by being the first person to die celebrating the millennium. Minutes before midnight, the Stanford graduate climbed to the top of a street light in front of the
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32. 2014 Darwin Award: Crispy Copper Fries
The mummified remains of a man who was unexpectedly discovered in a Tucson manhole tell their own poignant story. The manhole, last opened five years ago in 2009, was opened in May to investigate a fluctuation i
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33. 2003 Darwin Award: ZAP!
California | John, a Los Angeles real estate attorney, was skimming leaves from his pool when he noticed a palm frond caught in the power lines...
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34. 2000 Darwin Award: Power Punch Proves Fatal
Ian was a fitness fanatic and self-employed electrician living in an English seaside town. He had recently converted one room of his cottage into a new gym. Among the weights and exercise equipment hung a pun
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35. 2009 At-Risk Survivor: Not Even Half-Baked
After an extended night shift, our heroine, a working mother, decided to stay up until the kids came home from school. Being a thoughtful mom, the tired woman groggily decided that this was the time to bake a cake.
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36. 1999 At-Risk Survivor: Parrot Hunter
Damion, 18, wanted a unique gift for his girlfriend, who worked as a babysitter for a neighbor's children. The neighbor suggested that a Quaker parrot would be a perfect present. The beautiful green birds with gra
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37. 2002 Personal Account: Chainsaw Slingshot
The following story was related to me during a session of injury one-upsmanship. A casual acquaintance related an adventure suffered by her husband. A furious wind had knocked a susceptible tree limb across the elec
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38. 1999 Darwin Award: Lights Out
On Friday the 13th, Scott and his sister Kimberly had an electrifying experience while attempting to view the annual Perseid meteor shower. Scott, an aspiring young astronomer, set up his telescope for a closer view of the sky. Alas, poor Scott did not reflect on the
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39. 1999 Darwin Award: Gone Fishin'
A fisherman in Kiev electrocuted himself while fishing in the river Tereblya. The 43-year-old man connected cables to the main power supply of his home, and threw the end into the river. The electric shock killed the fish, which floated belly-up to the top of the
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40. 2000 Personal Account: Extensible Aluminum Stave
Anything you can do I can do better I worked as a surveyor's chainman, a job that includes the task of holding an extensible aluminum stave while a surveyor eyeballs it from a distance. During a job in the co
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41. 1999 At-Risk Survivor: House Hunting Gone Awry
Several men were contracted to move a house about 500 yards, a short distance. Unfortunately they had to move it under several power lines that were the same height as the house. These quick-thinking men decided that one worker would ride on top of the
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42. 2007 Urban Legend: Taser Test
A Rare Urban Legend! Last weekend I was at Larry's Pistol & Pawn, looking for a little something special for my wife, Renee. I came across a 100,000-volt pocket taser...
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43. 2000 Darwin Award: Do It Yourself, Do Yourself In
Ah, summer, the most blissful of seasons, when Darwin's most popular summertime activity -- do it yourself stupidity -- kicks into high gear. Meet Charles, 34, a Denver masonry contractor who works with
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44. 2009 Darwin Award: Tennessee Pee
PERSONAL ACCOUNT / SEEKING Confirmation: A mile down the road from Middle Tennessee State University, a couple of young, very drunk MTSU frat boys climbed a barbed wire fence that was intended to keep lesser mortals o
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45. 1999 Darwin Award: Resistance is Futile
A US Navy safety publication describes injuries incurred while doing don't's. One page described the fate of a sailor playing with a multimeter in an unauthorized manner. He was curious about the resistance level
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46. 2009 Darwin Award: Saw It Coming!
Pennsylvania | A severe storm damaged power lines supplying 17,000 homes. Seven hours after the electricity failed, Mieczyskaw Mil finally los hist patience. The old man had been shooed away repeatedly by firefighters who were guarding the power line...
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