The Darwin Awards

2009 At-Risk Survivor

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Against The Odds, Nothing!
2009 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

Perhaps you wouldn't think twice about bringing a pen or pad of paper home from the office, but an explosive? For six months, a Darwin resident had stored this pilfered "office supply" in his home. Ever since the device had been brought home from work, it had just sat there doing nothing. It seemed so uneventful that the 29-year-old man admitted to police that he had driven over it three times (3X) in his motor vehicle, to see what would happen.

Against the odds, nothing!

Bored, he finally contacted Northern Territory police to have the explosive removed from his possession. The officers confirmed that the device was, indeed, a badly crumpled detonator. "It goes without saying," Superintendent J. Emeny contradicted himself, "that any kind of explosive device has the potential to cause serious injury and should be left alone." He added that the man's decision to drive over the device was risky.


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