Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

2006 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.

Crushing De'feet'
2006 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(28 November 2006, Austria) Once the videotape from a monitoring camera was reviewed, all became clear. A man who had been reported missing was found the following morning in a trash compactor, victim of a self-induced industrial accident.

He worked for a parcel delivery service in Hall in Tirol. He had loaded the hydraulic press with empty boxes and started it up. At that point, the long-time employee walked to the edge of the charging (filling) hole and used his foot to press the boxes further into the hydraulic trash compactor.

His foot was was seized by the press, and he was drawn into the chamber and crushed. He was not discovered until his colleagues needed to use the press again the next day.


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