Charles Darwin with a purple swarm around his head, contemplating the twist of fate that natural selection sidestepped these still-living honorable mentions.

2006 Honorable Mention

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Shark Kiss
2006 Honorable Mention
Confirmed True by Darwin

(August 2006, Florida) A scuba diver was bitten on the lip when he attempted to kiss a nurse shark. The bite was a surprise to the diver, as he had kissed hundreds of sharks. He explained, "You pick 'em up, rub their belly, scratch 'em, hug 'em, might as well give them a smooch while you're there."

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This shark took exception to his unwanted advances, and bit his lip. To add insult to injury, a group of snappers came in for a few nibbles, too.

Luckily, a patient plastic surgeon was able to repair his mangled lip. "It was a matter of completing the puzzle and putting (a hundred little pieces) back together again," Dr. Mike Kelly said.

Has the diver learned his lesson? Apparently not! He simply plans to modify his amorous technique: "Don't kiss a nurse shark while it's upside down."

One reporter remarked, "Better still, don't kiss them at all." © 1994 - 2020
Submitted by: Dan Kane, bluefireiceeyes
Reference: CBS Broadcasting, Inc.,

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