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2009 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.

Bricks in the Head
2009 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(30 April 2009, York, United Kingdom) In another do-it-yourself project gone wrong, a 41-year-old homeowner attempting to demolish a large brick garden shed succeeded in his primary objective, but suffered collateral damage when the cement slab roof demolished him.

The unfortunate chap was alone on his property at the time. While one has to question the wisdom of undertaking a demolition project with no-one on hand in the event of a mishap, a neighbor happened to witness this 'mishap' and immediately summoned help. Hydraulic rams and high pressure air bags were too late to stop fate. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

In the unequal contest between flesh and stone, the stone always wins.

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Reference: York Evening Press,

Darwin Comments:
"Speaking to the press, a neighbor described the accident as 'unspeakable.'"

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