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1999 Darwin Awards

Honoring Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible.

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1999 Darwin Award Winner 2DUnconfirmed by Darwin

These five random snippets were collected from emails over the past decade. Their origins and veracity are mostly unknown.

(10 August 1999) A man in a diabetic shock swerved off Route 2 in Lincoln, Massachusetts. His car plowed through a telephone pole and impacted a tree, where it burst into flames. Onlookers took him for dead, and were shocked to see him walk away from the crash unhurt. However, when he looked back and noticed that his car was on fire, he tried to put it out, and electrocuted himself on one of the high voltage power lines that had fallen when he hit the telephone pole.
Confirmed by Seth W. Towle who located it in the Lincoln Journal. Disputed by Msuper69 who protests that them man was suffering from hypoglycemia and didn't know what he was doing, therefore should not be considered for a Darwin Award.

Police in London, Ohio say a thief was killed while stealing tires from a Ford dealership. Employees found the body of Daniel Nolan, 47, when they arrived for work Monday morning. The jack holding up a truck slipped and crushed him.


Slovenia's state-run news agency reported the death of fisherman Franc Filipic, 47, who drowned after hooking a huge lake sheatfish and refusing to let go as he waded in and was pulled under. Friends reported his last words were "Now I've got him!" Divers found his body after a two-day search

In a delicious serving of poetic justice, RJ Reynolds, the founder of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., his son, RJ Reynolds II, and HIS son, RJ Reynolds III, all perished from lung cancer.

A 23-year-old bar-brawling man, who had been escorted out of the Turtle Club in Florida by a bouncer, sneaked back in and leaped off a staircase, trying to kick another man, but was killed when he landed on his head. The kick was ineffectual. © 1994 - 2004

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