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1. 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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2. 1987 Darwin Award: Samurai Astronomer
The Kitt Peak National Observatory, located in the Arizona desert near Tucson, is home to two dozen telescopes, including the 4-meter Mayall Telescope, once the largest in the United States. It is also the site o
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3. 2003 Personal Account: Under Pressure
I attended a professional diving course at the Ocean Corporation in Houston. At this school, one learns not just standard SCUBA techniques, but also esoteric practices such as saturation diving, underwater welding, dec
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4. 1999 Darwin Award: That Sinking Feeling
Rickey, a 38-year-old experienced diver, drowned when he jumped into the Gulf with his weight belt on to retreive a floating boarding ladder. He had headed out with two friends on his 35-foot Mako powerboat for
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5. 1999 Personal Account: Trephination
This story did not result in a death, but it's a true and deeply odd account. Donald Wright was engaged in some home repairs, and was standing several rungs up on a ladder
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6. 2008 Darwin Award: Not a Shred of Sense
The ambulance responded to a frantic call concerning a neighbor's trip through a tree shredder. It seems the individual had decided to prune his own trees, rather than hire a professional. After all, the local shop rented shredders...
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7. 2009 At-Risk Survivor: An Un-Fun Whirlwind
Ten years ago I was roofing vacant homes in Sun Valley, Nevada. It was the sweetest commute imaginable. I'd wake up, make breakfast, climb a ladder, and BAM! I was at work. Two things Sun Valley has: sand and dir
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8. 2002 Personal Account: Home Improvement
As a longtime fan of the Darwin Awards, it is with embarrassment and chagrin that I find myself compelled to submit this Personal Account. Obviously I did not succeed in the requisite removal of myself from the gene p
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9. 1998 Darwin Award: Hanging Around Jail
Correctional institutions abound with 'jailhouse lawyers' who will play any legal angle to improve their situations. Joseph, a twenty-year-old inmate of the Stevens Point Jail, planned a circuitous route to freedom
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10. 1997 Darwin Award: Escaping Conviction
A prisoner in the new Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh fell to his death while attempting escape from a window on the top floor of the jail. One night during the guard shift change, the prisoner broke out a supposedly shatter-proof cell window and unfurled a 100
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