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

2009 Honorable Mention

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A Drilliant Idea
2009 Honorable Mention
Confirmed True by Darwin

(13 June 2009, Washington) A Spokane man with a spray paint can learned the wrong way to get around a clogged nozzle. Fire officials say the man used a cordless drill to penetrate the pressurized can. The contents spewed out of the hole, and a small spark from the drill ignited a flash fire. The man's face was seriously burned, but he was treated at the Deaconess Medical Center and lived to spray another day.

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