The Darwin Awards

2004 At-Risk Survivor

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Exploding Outhouse
2004 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(13 July 2004, West Virginia) A Blacksville man decided to light up a cigarette while relaxing in a portable outhouse, inadvertently demonstrating one more reason to give up the habit. According to a spokeswoman for Monongalia Emergency Medical Services, the methane in the porta-potty "didn't take too kindly" to the lit cigarette, and expressed its displeasure by exploded in a fireball.

The man, whose identity was withheld "due to privacy policies," was able to drive himself to a nearby health center. Emergency workers declined to reveal whether the man's injuries (although not "life-threatening") were serious enough to remove him from the gene pool.

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Submitted by: Chris Kelly
Reference: The Dominion Post

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