The Darwin Awards

1999 At-Risk Survivor

At-Risk Survivors have misadventures that stop short of the ultimate sacrifice. Nevertheless we salute the spirit of their colossal blunders with an Honorable Mention. Better luck next time!

Overkill II
1999 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

Live Version of Urban Legend Overkill
(28 July 1999, Madrid) A Spanish man made an unsuccessful bid for a Darwin Award on Wednesday. He was recovering in hospital after two failed suicide attempts. The despondent 38-year-old man leapt from his third-floor apartment, but failed to even knock himself out when he hit the ground. The unhappy man staggered back into his apartment and cut his throat, but police broke down the door and took him to hospital in the town of Merida, capital of the western Extremadura region. His wound was stitched up and he was released with counselling.

Submitter Gail LaMarche chortles,

"This is a compelling reason for an E.R. nurse to write the book, Suicide: How To Get It Right The First Time. Guess what I do for a living?!"

We challenge Gail LaMarche to write that book!

Mark Whybird adds, "Something like that has been available on the internet for many years. Check out

Submitted by: Sarah Reitz and Gai LaMarche

Reference: Reuters, Europa Press, Houston Chronicle
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