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2006 At-Risk Survivor

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Star Wars
2006 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(2006, England) Two people, 17 and 20, emulated Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and fought each other with lightsabers. Only they didn't have toy lightsaber s, so they made their own from fluorescent light bulbs. That's right, they each opened up a fluorescent tube, poured gasoline inside, and lit the end... As one can imagine, a Star Wars sized explosion was not far behind. Both participants survived to confess to their creative, but stupid, film reenactment.

Darwin notes, "17 is legal driving age. Old enough to pump gas is old enough to know better. For more information, consult the Rules and read this discussion in the Philosophy Forum."

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