The Darwin Awards 
Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2003 Darwins
Unsafe and Insane
Ultimate Quest for Airtime
Dying for a Ciggie
Workin' at the Car Wash
Love Struck
Slaughterhouse Robbery
Second Time's the Charm
Jack Up
Hurricane Blumpkin
Pancake Thief
A Honey of a Buzz
Killer Shades
Exploding Ex-tortionist
Sharp Landing
Tree Hard, Head Empty
Master Welder
Shooting Blanks
Asphalt Tattoo
Self-Demolition Derby
Other Darwin Years 
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 Vintage
~ Random Story ~
Email Alert!
NEW! Gift Shop
Rules  Search
Contact Darwin
Submit a Story
Philosophy Forum


Darwin Awards
2003 Darwin Awards
Email a Friend Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. Next Prev Random

Ultimate Quest for Airtime  
2003 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(31 May 2003, Indiana) Tamar came all the way from New York for the annual Stark Raven Mad event at the Splashin' Safari waterpark at Holiday World, where members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts planned to rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend. The 32-year-old eagerly looked forward to riding the Raven, later described by Spencer County Prosecutor Jon Dartt as "one of the world's most terrifying roller coasters."

Tamar planned what coaster enthusiasts call "catching airtime," standing up during the ride to show bravery. The park staff warned the "spirited and intelligent" Harvard MBA, along with the rest of the group, "Don't mess with our safety equipment." Tamar's seat belt and lap bar restraint were in place when the train left the station. But you can't catch airtime that way. Her seatbelt was later found unbuckled and tucked into the seat cushions.

As the train swooped over the precipice into the "infamous drop" on the fifth turn at 60 mph, where the G-forces are notoriously skyward, Tamar unlatched her seat belt and stood up. The train dropped, but Tamar didn't. She caught good air until she landed on the ground, 69 feet below. © 1994 - 2017
Reference: New York Daily News, Coaster Buzz

A reader says, "The park allowed people to ride without properly pushing down the restraints. This has been a topic of discussion on several roller coaster discussion boards. I had been to two different coaster events there, and the ride ops were allowing the behavior I mentioned. There is no hard evidence that Tamar was standing. The part of the ride she fell from is located in the woods, far from the midway, and no one could see her at that point on the ride."

Darwin replies, "I'm skeptical about your statement. Roller coaster parks are sticklers for safety, and particularly with a group of boisterous coaster fans, they would be careful to engage the safety restraints. The seatbelt was found unbuckled and TUCKED INTO THE CUSHION. I think Tamar does merit a Darwin Award, for her role in defeating the safeties."

Another reader adds, "It's about her family trying to sue the amusement park. This link provides further response."

Previous Directions Next

Game of Death Tee
Game Tee
Birthday Blast Card
Birthday Card
Darwin: Evolve Mousepad
Charles' Advice

Advanced Search

HomeRulesFAQsAwardsSlushSite Map
DarwinAward | HonorableMention | PersonalAccount | UrbanLegend