The Darwin Awards

2016 At-Risk Survivor

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Pokemon Go, Going, Gone
2016 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(16 July 2016, California) Pokemon's unintended "Go Jump" mode is predicted to have a dwindling fan base. Two California men blindly followed app clues to a clue-less 75-to-100 foot cliff tumble in Encinitas on July 13. They both survived falling off the crumbling cliff--minor injuries only--missing a full DARWIN but marking themselves AT RISK. Speaking of mental laxity, this correspondent wonders what is wrong with the education system when investigators cannot figure out the height of a cliff.

Pokéman's fans are falling for the trending game.
Please note, "Go Jump" is satire, and the Darwin Awards considers individuals to be responsible for their own actions.

News Report: "Danish Pokemon hunter killed in traffic accident" alerts us to a delivery man driving a small van who was found dead in a vehicle wreck. The man's phone was still unlocked and running the Pokemon Go app, which caused local police to speculate that the game was a key player in the 21-year-old's death. "We cannot know for certain whether he was playing the game at the time of the accident, however, normally a phone will lock itself if it is not in use."


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