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.

Concrete Cylinder Roll
2000 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(31 July 2000, Italy) Enrico, 15, and his friends decided to take a break from the European soccer ritual one afternoon and play with some construction equipment laying near a field. In a bid to impress his friends, Enrico agreed to let them roll him around inside a large concrete tube, which was a meter in diameter and used in building aqueducts.

Enrico donned his safety helmet and entered the tube, and the rolling commenced.

Unfortunately, the helmet precaution was ineffective. The tube broke into several heavy pieces and crushed the boy's torso. Italian paramedics rushed to the scene and arrived an hour later, but it was too late. Enrico died soon after in a nearby hospital.

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Submitted by: Guido Gambardella
Guest Writer: Troy Plattner
Reference: Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa

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