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2008 Darwin Awards

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

Clotheslined!
2008 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(13 January 2008, Florida) Wearing only swim trunks and sneakers, a 37-year-old man raced his motorcycle toward the Manasota Key drawbridge. As the bridge began to open, it was clear that he intended to "shoot the gap." Bridge designers had anticipated such lunacy and invented the crossing guard. The closing gates swept him off his Suzuki, over the side of the bridge, into the water, and out of the gene pool. By a twist of fate the motorcycle continued up the ramp and made it across to the other side.

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* Wendy notes, "My driving instructor was clear on this point: 'Not accidents! Crashes. Almost every crash can be prevented by avoiding distractions while driving.' Now I mentally correct news reports of driving accidents. Switching to the term 'car crash' has made me a safer driver."

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Submitted by: Roger
Reference: Sarasota Herald Tribune

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