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1999 Darwin Awards

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Fatal Footsie
1999 Darwin Awards Runner-Up
Confirmed True by Darwin

macho silhousette with a big-ass foot in front, about to win the bar game
by stomping a... a... .

(22 March 1999, Phnom Penh) Like a magician, he pulled out a 25-year-old unexploded anti-tank mine found in his backyard. 'This will win the argument!' he said, speaking in one of the 12 languages of Cambodia.

Three FRENEMIES were sharing drinks and exchanging insults at a cafe in Svay Rieng, southeast Cambodia. Their friendish arguments continued for hours and the tone escalated. Finally one disgruntled man had his fill of BS.

The game was a crazy mix of Russian Roulette and Flaming Bag of Poo He tossed the claymore under the table, and the men began playing a crazy mix of "russian roulette" and "flaming bag of dog poo", each tossing down a drink and stomping the mine. The other villagers fled in terror.

The cafe patrons were deeply aware of the consequences headed this way. Decades of armed strife have littered Cambodia with dangerous unexploded munitions. The aftermath of war is dreadful. Citizens are constantly reminded not to tamper with the decaying war machines.

Minutes later, the bomb detonated with a tremendous force, killing the three men in the bar. "Their wives could not even find their remains because the blast destroyed everything," the Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper reported. You can still see the crater on Google Maps. Just kidding! © 1994 - 2022

Submitted by: Ed Coakley, Michael Talbot, Aaron Pawson, Jess Keiser

Reference: Rasmei Kampuchea, Reuters, Eletronic Telegraph, UK Daily Telegraph
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