Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

2000 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.

Chute Boy
2000 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Drunken teens dare dive down trash chute.
Man trashed.

(14 July 2000, Canada) It was a dare that Sheldon, 25, will literally never take again. He and a group of friends found themselves at a Calgary apartment after an evening spent at a local bar. It was there that a joking challenge was issued. "Who wants to ride the in-house water slide?" The slide was actually a garbage chute. Sheldon volunteered, tumbled into the opening, and his subsequent headlong slide beat the standard elevator service down to the first floor. An unforgiving trash compactor awaited his arrival, and friends administered CPR there until emergency crews arrived at the scene. But they were too late. The 12-story fall had already dispatched Sheldon to his Darwinian demise.

His obituary was simple and understated. "Sheldon, age 25 years, passed away accidentally... Memorial donations may be made to Goose Lake High Educational Foundation Inc., for a Community College Bursary in Sheldon's memory c/o Mr. Boris Bugera, Box 759, Roblin, MB, R0L 1P0." © 1994 - 2022
Submitted by: Steve Sibbald, Mike Helfer, Chris, Ronnie Lee Ellis
Reference: Calgary Police Service Releases, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald

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