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2003 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.

Self-Demolition Derby
2003 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(September 2003, Minnesota) The purpose of a demolition derby is to smash into other cars. Crash, repair, repeat. As a result, in competition, derby cars become more fragile than the average car. So you would think that Scot, a car owner, would take this fact into account when he crawled under his derby car for repairs. "Why take the time to put a car up on blocks?" He must have thought it would be faster and easier to use a handy Bobcat-type skid loader, and just lift the car up from its bumper.

When the car was raised, Scot slid beneath. Then the bumper broke off. Help was immediately summoned, but it was too late. Scot had lost his final demolition derby.

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