Honorable Mentions 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!
2009 Honorable Mention
Unconfirmed by Darwin
(Switzerland, 1990's) During a training lesson on a plush tennis court in
Gstaad, a high school student named Elbrus (son of Russian nouveau riche)
decided to check out how a tennis ball machine works. Since you're reading
this here, you already know the machine was on and working, in other words,
shooting balls. Elbrus stuck his nose into the machine to inspect that
complicated device. Before anyone could react, the next the ball struck him
right in the face, breaking his nose and knocking him out.
It was his lucky day. The machine was not set to a maximum power--otherwise it would have killed him.