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!
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.