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An Illuminating Story
2008 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(26 February 2008, France) A 71-year-old pensioner met a shocking end when his frugal attempt to illuminate his yard with power siphoned from the National Grid backfired spectacularly.

The gentleman in question illegally opened a major power junction box at the front of his house, intending to hard-wire a cable to his garden shed. Unfortunately, he attempted to do this rewiring during a major downpour. The result was all too predictable. The poor chap was immediately deep fried, and declared a Darwin Award at the scene.

Lessons:
1--Don't wire your shed to a local power substation.
2--Don't wire your shed to a power substation... in the rain.
3--There is such a thing as being too frugal.

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