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Pushmi-Pullyu
2007 Darwin Award Nominee
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(4 April 2007, Germany) Near midnight, a 49-year-old man attempted to impress his wife with his unbelievable strength. He climbed over the balcony of their 7th floor flat, clung to the outside of the parapet, and began a set of pull-ups. After a few pull-ups, which were undoubtedly impressive to his wife, his sedentary lifestyle began to take its toll. His muscles lost strength, and he was unable to lift himself back onto the balcony. He eventually fell seven stories (eight if you include the ground floor) and impaled himself on a thornbush. Ouch! The official verdict placed the blame squarely and pointedly on the macho showmanship of the deceased.

The pushmi-pullyu is a fictional Doctor Doolittle animal with two heads at opposite ends of its body. When it tries to move, both heads try to pull in opposite directions."

(9 October 2007, Ohio) The German man is not alone in his efforts to impress a woman. An 18-year-old was lured by the siren song of the guard rail onto his girlfriend's 11th floor balcony. Attempting to impress the lady, he too began a set of pull-ups, only to lose his grip and plummet eleven stories (ten if you omit the ground floor) to land face-down on the parking lot. The Ohio coroner was more charitable than his German counterpart. This death was ruled accidental.

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