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21. 1981 At-Risk Survivor: Plane Stupid
Phoenix Field airport had been subject to recurring petty thefts from neighborhood teenagers, so a security firm was retained to patrol the grounds. Thefts decreased sharply, but fuel consumption was on the rise. This puz
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22. 2017 Darwin Award: Red Evolution
A Russian welder working in Tselinnoe noticed how well a fire extinguisher fits into a decommissioned artillery howitzer. Inspired, he stuffed the fire extingusher down the barrel...
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23. 2004 Personal Account: Blast from the Past
My father and uncle were reminiscing about their youth, and shared a rather Darwinian story. In their twenties, they succeeded in assembling one great car out of three junkers. After they accomplished this, they
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24. 2004 At-Risk Survivor WINNER: Kills Bugs Dead
Alfred, 63, had trouble with termites at home. He had heard that natural gas was dangerous, and figured it would be a good, low-cost way to fumigate his house. So he shut all the doors and windows, turned on
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25. 2008 At-Risk Survivor: Putting the Pain in Propane
Florida | Responding to a request to extinguish a routine trash fire, the Lieutenant said, 'You gotta see this.' An intoxicated group of men had decided that throwing paint cans into their 55-gallon drum fire was fun, but not fun enough...
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26. At-Risk Survivor: Flyswatter
California | One spring morning, when bug crawled across his desk, an adult education teacher gave 25 students an impromptu lesson in safety during his safety class...
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27. 2009 At-Risk Survivor: Boom Boom Bees
Our hero had just moved into a rental home. The yard had not been mowed in over a year. As he set about mowing down the overgrown weeds, he ran over a foot-wide hole. Out came an angry army of yellowjackets! As he ra
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28. 2005 Darwin Award: Mining for Elephants
The elephants were trampling Christian's maize field, which he planted on an elephant trail of long standing. He had to find a way to fight back! Fortunately, there was an old minefield nearby, on the Zimabwe-Mozambique border.
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29. 2009 Darwin Award: Muffled Explosion
An embarrassed and seriously injured 17-year-old initially claimed that an explosive had been planted in his backpack by persons unknown. However, police investigators soon extracted the truth from the feckless te
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30. 2008 Darwin Award: Wascally Wabbit
Snowmobiles and alcohol are a dangerous mix. Then came the rabbit...
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