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1. 2009 Darwin Award: A Shoe-In Winner
A U2 subway driver found a body laying besides the underground tracks in Berlin. Because there were no video surveillance cameras at that location, it took police two days to reconstruct what had happened. App
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2. 2006 Personal Account: Missed Stop Misstep
'My father works as an investigator for an insurance company, a job he frequently reminds me of how much he hates. One of his major clients is a train station. On a day not unlike any other, a man awoke on a tra
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3. 2001 Personal Account: Workin' on the Railroad
Several years ago a brand new locomotive was brought in for repair after being involved in an accident. While the shop was fixing the fuel tank, a significant amount of diesel fuel was spilled on the floor. The
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4. 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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5. 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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6. 2014 Darwin Award: Double Darwin! Sports Training
Two apparently intoxicated men dared each other to test their courage against an intercity train at a Rotterdam train station. At 1800 hours on a Sunday night, the station was crowded with more than 300 sports fans
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7. 2008 Darwin Award: A One Track Mind
July 2008, Italy | Gerhard Plattner, 68, was queued at a traffic light in his Porsche SUV. Before one reaches the light, there is a railroad crossing. As you might imagine, given Murphy's law, a train was coming...
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8. 2007 At-Risk Survivor: Shattered Ego
New Jersey | On a warm summer day, I was walking along the lake with a childhood friend. We reminisced about youthful summer days spent fishing on the lake. We used to put pebbles and pennies on the train tracks, and take cover as the train zoomed by and annihilated the objects...
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