The Darwin Awards 

Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2004 Mentions
Welding Warning
Kills Bugs Dead
Serbian Tsunami
Permanent Prophylactic
Hammer Head
Baked Bullet Surprise
Hot Pants
Crotch Rocket
Exploding Boat
Overheated Engine
Clean Brake
Flaming Bungee Jump
A Fast Escape
White Russians
Exploding Outhouse
Testosterone, Chickens, and Guns
Other Mention Years 
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Vintage
~ Random Story ~
Email Alert!
NEW! Gift Shop
Rules  Search
Contact Darwin
Submit a Story
Philosophy Forum


2004 At-Risk Survivor
The stupidity displayed by the participants in the following tales stops short of the ultimate Darwin Awards sacrifice. Nevertheless, we salute the spirit and innovation of their misadventures. Next Prev Random

Overheated Engine
2004 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

"Maybe I used too much paper."

(7 January 2004, Croatia) Eastern Europe is known for its harsh winters, and Zlatko, 52, had seen his fair share of them in his town near Zagreb. But when temperatures dropped low enough to play havoc with outdoor machinery, Zlatko was exasperated to find that his Opel Kadett had fallen victim to the cold, repeatedly refusing to start.

The engine must be frozen, he decided. He remembered times he himself had been freezing in those icy Croatian winters. There was nothing better than warming up before a toasty roaring fire. Yes! That was clearly the solution to his problem. A roaring fire would warm up the Opel's engine.

Zlatko fetched some old newspapers, stuffed them under the engine, and lit them. While waiting for the engine to warm up, he wandered off -- a fortunate occurance, because his beloved car exploded in a fireball. The heartbroken man told reporters, "I couldn't start the engine and realized it was frozen. Now my lovely car is destroyed."

Luckily, Zlatko has identified what went wrong.
"Maybe I used too much paper," he said.

Reader Comments:
"One can only hope that next time he warms up a vehicle, he stays to monitor the amount of paper in the engine compartment..." michaelgoss: "Decades ago, before fuel pre-heaters were installed in diesel engines, it was common for fires to be lit under frozen engines to thaw out the fuel. In very cold temperatures this can be done with diesel, but not petrol (gasoline). © 1994 - 2017
Submitted by: Jon Lockley

Previous Directions Next

Advanced Search

HomeRulesFAQsAwardsSlushSite Map
DarwinAward | HonorableMention | PersonalAccount | UrbanLegend © 1994 - 2018