The Darwin Awards 
Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2008 Darwins
Santa Ignorância
Rub the Mint
A One Track Mind
An Illuminating Story
Pining Away
Wascally Wabbit
Thou Shalt Not Steel
Merry Pranksters
Chemistry Went To Her Head
On the Piste
Not a Shred of Sense
One Foot In The Pool...
Pillar Of Strength
Not Fast Enough Food
Going to Seed
Slippery When Wet
A Screw Loose
Low Flying Drunks
Into the Abyss
Wheel Of Fortune
Shopping Cart Crash
Killer Fuel Economy
Organ Donors
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
2008 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

Rub the Mint  
2008 Darwin Award Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin

(December 1988, Romania) I was a student of electricity and mechanics in Communist Romania. At the time, it was mandatory for all children, including university students, to boost the economy by 'active participation.' Each autumn we worked in agriculture, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and for three weeks per year we were required to train in a power plant or factory, to get a feel for successful communist industry. This was known as "Rub The Mint".

My class was sent to Slatina where aluminum was obtained with the old power-hungry electrolysis process. We were not much use, so we were ignored by the people in charge of our 'training.' We spent the down time reviewing our class notes. Not only were the students bored, but so were many workers in the factory, who were actually paid for doing nothing.

One day I was assigned to walk documents from one department to another. On the way, I spotted two men crafting a wooden coffin. I was accustomed to all kinds of crazy sights, but a coffin... intriguing. Was the aluminum factory branching out into funeral supplies? No. "The coffin is for a comrade who accidentally removed himself from the gene pool," the woodcrafters told me.

Two recent hires, men in their twenties, were fiddling with the pressurized air hose used to power industrial air tools. They swept the dust off their dusty clothes; this was so much fun, one of them dropped his pants to feel the air sweep across his testicles. He bent further, and bet his comrade that he had the guts to pressurize his guts, and maybe have some fun farts. He proceeded to stick the hose in his anus and release six bar (atmospheres) of pressure, inflating and rupturing his colon and intestines.

He died within minutes from massive internal hemorrhage. He would not have survived even if he had pressurized himself in a hospital corridor. The autopsy revealed that the deceased had ruptured several meters of his colon and intestines. He was later found to have broken (heh) internal (heh) regulations. His 'scientific collaborator' stated that he did not believe his comrade would be so stupid as to proceed, and thought he was only goofing off.


notthebest  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  fresh
slownewsday   insightful
Share © 1994 - 2017
Submitted by: Florin Ungureanu
Reference: Eyewitness account, without media coverage since it happened during Communist times.

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