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The Darwin Awards salutes the spirit portrayed in the following personal accounts, submitted by loyal (and sometimes deceased) readers. Next


1999 Personal Account

An article in a 1930's Cleveland Plain Dealer describes the most astounding death of all time. A construction worker was busy building a building, when he realized that he needed a 300-pound block suspended above him. But he was the only man on his level.

It normally takes two men to prevent the block from landing too hard on the metal girder. But this worker figured it would save time if he just cut the rope and let the block fall 40 feet.

So he did.

The block crashed right through the level he was standing on and killed another fellow below. He leaned over to see if the fellow that the block landed on was okay, and lost his balance. He fell 40 feet to the next level, breaking his neck. There was a dead guy underneath the block, and a dead guy on top of it. © 1994 - 2020

Submitted by: Schnee


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