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1994 Darwin Awards

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Honoring Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it.

Junk Food Junkie
1994 Darwin Awards Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin

This year's Darwin Award went to the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine, which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out of it.

Carol Todd says, " When I worked in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a young man did indeed kill himself in this manner. Try the Florence, Alabama Times-Daily."

Man found pinned under vending machine [A robbery attempt gone bad? That's my bet] An investigation is underway this morning after a death on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University here in Charlotte. Around 12:30 am a security guard found a man pinned underneath a vending machine. When medics arrived the man was pronounced dead. No one from the university has been available for comment. We have learned the victim was not a student. Submitted on 01/05/01 Submitted by: Reference: Charlotte Observer 01/05/01 (charlotte.com) Copyright 2000 DarwinAwards.com

Mark Lockwood and Mike Buck report:
"Damned if this didn't happen again! A repairman from Canteen Services told me that last night, 5 January 2001, at the Univeristy of North Carolina in Charlotte, a student once again offed himself by pulling a vending machine on top of himself." --Darwin confirms that a man was crushed beneath a vending machine; however, he suffered a heart attack while unloading a vending machine from a truck. No safety considerations were violated, making this copycat death ineligible for a Darwin Award.

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