Charles Darwin's Darwin Awards 
Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2017 April Slush
ICK:Put a live eel where no sun shines.
Pigs = 3; ISIS fighters = 0
Immortal stabs himself to death
DA: 404 Error
HM:Was Not Warned Not To Run Into Wall
HM:Electric Company: 1, Powerless Thief: 0
Howitzer and fire extinguisher
Bad rush,Parkour Adpet electrocuted
Lost bet, duct taped to moving car
Older Slush 
~ Random Story ~
Email Alert!
NEW! Gift Shop
Rules  Search
Contact Darwin
Submit a Story
Philosophy Forum


Darwin Awards
2017 Slush Pile

This item was recently submitted by a reader.
Should I include it in the archive?
Vote to tell me what *you* think!

Was Not Warned Not To Run Into Wall

2017 Reader Submission
Pending Acceptance

MUST WATCH VIDEO! Sometimes stupid speaks for itself.

(15th April 2017) There's a short 10m track at a Science Museum in Australia where you try to beat a gold medalist runner off the starting blocks. It's designed primarily for kids, but adults are welcome to have a go. It's meant to be fun and has been there for at least ten(10) years prior to Mr Smith, a 44-year-old pool fence installer, having a go.

So the man lines up for the race and runs the track without incident, and loses to the Olympian. To quote him, "All these little things made me think I could beat her, I got a bit competitive thinking I can take on Cathy Freeman." So Mr. Smith decides to have a second go.

Somehow he manages to run straight past the finish line, down the hall, and "flat out" into a wall, fracturing his skull, ribs, and spine in multiple places. His excuse? He claimed not to realise there was a wall past the end of the track (which was oddly enough holding up the side of the building) and could not stop. Watch the video for yourself and see there is sufficient lighting to see the wall and Mr Smith HAD already been down the track once.

This could be put down to a terrible (silly) accident by someone too determined to beat an athlete so far in excess of his own abilities that he forgot to look where he was going. Take responsibility as an adult and leave it at that. Right?

Wrong. The wanabe Olympian is now sue-ing the museum because: "Mr Smith was enticed to run as fast as he could in a poorly lit exhibit with only a very short stopping distance at the end of the race, no warnings or appropriate signage. The lack of duty of care on the part of Scienceworks has led to these significant injuries."

Submitted on 04/15/2017

Submitted by: Anonymous
Reference: 15th April 2017

Copyright © 2017

Great? 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Awful?
Love it! Hate it!
>> Moderator Scores <<

Candi said:
Definitely Keep: Honorable Mention
What the ever-lovin'...? I would also recommend taking this over to the stellaawards, if they don't have it already. Thanks!

Bruce said:
Definitely Keep: Honorable Mention
Unbelievable. What an idiot, especially if he thought he "could take on" a gold medalist, even if it is just a museum exhibit. Perhaps he'll settle if the museum agrees to install one of these at the end of the 10 meter track:

Selected From The Darwin Awards Gift Shop @ Zazzle

Purchases Help Fund The Darwin Awards Team


Slush Pile
Slush Pile Rejects

Advanced Search

HomeRulesFAQsAwardsSlushSite Map
DarwinAward | HonorableMention | PersonalAccount | UrbanLegend © 1994 - 2020