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2002 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.

Fir Tree Trimmer
2002 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(15 June 2002, England) A tree surgeon, 28, decided to save time and throw the pruned branches of a fir directly into a fire he built near the base of the tree. ALL trees burn, especially fir trees. Predictably, the tree caught fire, putting an end to his further time-saving innovations. True story!

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Submitted by: Mike Thornbury, Earwig
Reference: BBC News


Reader Comments: "It was a Fir(e) Tree," and alarmingly,
"One of our (now deceased) insureds."

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