( Excerpt from Chapter 4 )
Our mothers warned us, "Don't run with scissors!" But they never warned us about shaving before a wet T-shirt contest, petting hippopotami and lion cubs, and other activities temporarily enjoyed by the following damsels in distress.
Honorable Mention: Rob Peter to Pay Paul
Confirmed by Darwin
16 July 2001, Tennessee
| A woman ordered to make good on $1100 in bad checks left the Union City
courthouse, drove to her hometown, and pulled a gun on employees at the
First State Bank. She fled into a cornfield with $7000, eluded a
hastily-organized search party, and made her way back to Union City to pay
But given the small size of her town, with a population of 344, it was
inevitable that one of the bank employees would recognize her. When she
returned home, police were waiting to arrest her and confiscate the
remainder of the money.
Reference: Boston Globe
Personal Account: Lion Lunch
As a Ranger, I am inured to the stupidity of the public when confronted
with wild animals, but my daughter's experience in South Africa takes the
cake. She worked in the Kruger National Park, where park authorities are
scrupulous about warning people to remain within their cars at all times.
A tourist driving through the park was motivated to ignore the rules when
she spotted a lioness and her cubs. The woman's husband recalls her saying
the cubs were not posed correctly, so she nipped out of the car and picked
one up to move it closer to its siblings. Needless to say, the lioness
shared her with the cubs.
C h a p t e r 4 S t o r i e s
Darwin Awards - Honorable Mentions - Urban Legends - Personal Accounts
Vicious Killer Memes
Thirst for Death
Rob Peter to Pay Paul
Out of Gas
Cure for Lice
Chapter 4 Links: Thirst for Death: Join the debate!
Author Bio Wendy Northcutt holds a degree in molecular biology
from UC Berkeley.
She began writing Darwin Awards
in 1993, and founded the website soon thereafter.