Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

2008 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.

Pillar Of Strength
2008 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(9 October 2008, South Africa) For days, Johannesburg office workers watched a demolition worker slowly chip away at a pillar supporting the concrete slab above him. One said, "I wondered how they would drop that section." The walls were gone, and only the supporting pillars remained.

Dozens of observers watched the slow and senseless demolition proceed. Finally the only possible outcome concluded this epic battle. The besieged support collapsed, crushing man and machine beneath a pile of rubble. Ishmael M., 52, was killed instantly inside the cab of his mini-excavator.

Observers said they had been concerned about the workers' safety for several days. "I cannot believe they did not foresee this," said a shocked witness who did not forsee this. "There was no common sense!"

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