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A One Track Mind
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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
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A Screw Loose
Low Flying Drunks
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Pillar Of Strength  
2008 Darwin Award Winner
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(9 October 2008, South Africa) For days, Johannesburg office workers watched a demolition worker slowly chip away at a pillar supporting the concrete slab above him. One said, "I wondered how they would drop that section." The walls were gone, and only the supporting pillars remained.

Dozens of observers watched the slow and senseless demolition proceed. Finally the only possible outcome concluded this epic battle. The besieged support collapsed, crushing man and machine beneath a pile of rubble. Ishmael M., 52, was killed instantly inside the cab of his mini-excavator.

Observers said they had been concerned about the workers' safety for several days. "I cannot believe they did not foresee this," said a shocked witness who did not forsee this. "There was no common sense!"


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