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2007 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.

Oil Tank Trampoline
2007 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(24 June 2007, Colorado) If you cut the rug on an oil tank, be careful not to light a cigarette, else you may soon be climbing the proverbial "Stairway to Heaven". After smoking marijuana and liquoring themselves up at a popular party spot in Routt National Forest, a group of teens decided that it would be fun to leap and cavort on an oil tank.

The energetic gyrations of the dancers caused fumes to leak from the relief valve, and "there were several ignitions sources," according to the sheriff. People were smoking, and there was a bonfire nearby. One of these ignition source sparked a "flashdance" and the crude oil storage tank exploded, hurling two men 150 yards to their deaths.

The deceased were identified as Samuel and Christopher, 17 and 19.

To Review the Rules:

1. Reproduction:
At 17 and 19, they had not yet reproduced, nor can they now reproduce.

2. Self Selection:
They thought it was wise to jump on an oil tank containing 160 barrels of crude oil, while stoned out of their gourds.

3. Excellence:
Stoned insensible, drunker than drunk, and dancing on a oil tank exuding flammable vapors near a campfire.

4. Maturity:
Both are over the minimum age of 16.

5. Veracity: and AP.

Submissions: (1), (2), (3), (4), and 50 others.

Reader Comments:
"Dance of Death"
"Dance Your Life Away"

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Submitted by: Paul Bender, Jeff B, Terry Cooke.
Reference: KUSA TV,, AP,

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