(8 March 2008, Czech Republic) Steel is valuable, especially the high-grade
alloy used in steel cable. Scrap metal dealers do not ask questions. They
pay in cash. And a good supply of steel cable can be found in elevator
This particular gold mine was a towering shaft inside an empty granary near
Zatec, forty miles northwest of Prague. The cable was tightly fastened, and
the far end of it disappeared into the shadowy distance above.
After substantial wear and tear on a hacksaw, our man finally cut through
the strong steel cable. At that instant the counterbalance, no longer held
in check, started to move silently downward, accelerating until it reached
the bottom of the shaft.
Result: one proud winner of a "terminal velocity" Darwin Award.
"Down and Out!"
"What goes up..."
"A weighty subject."
"Do not steel or you will get the shaft."
"Kabeldiebstahl scheint (gefaehrliche) Mode zu sein"
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