The Darwin Awards

2008 At-Risk Survivor

Next Prev Random 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!

Orca Made Me Do It
2008 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(15 March 2008, Washington) Gabriel, 29, "did it to punish the rich white people for the death of the whales, and the depletion of the rain forests." He sought revenge by sawing through a 69,000-volt line.

With a tree saw.

On a long metal pole.

And dishwashing gloves for insulation.

Gabriel was found lying on his back, with the gloves partially melted on his hands and his pants burned away from his body. He certainly succeeded in making at least one person "suffer just like the whales and trees." Thousands of households experienced a temporary loss of power when he shorted out the power lines.

The unlucky environmental activist was flown to a local hospital and is expected to survive.


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