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!
2008 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin
(1 June 2008, West Virginia) This one's simple. A man climbed the high voltage power line tower behind his house, attached a rope to the top of it, and began to rappel down. He was shocked to discover that his harmless hobby was not safe at all, when he hit a power line that carries "as much as 46,000 volts," according to American Electric Power employees. The man fell to the ground, a battered but lucky survivor of what easily could have been a Darwin Awards caliber misjudgment.