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Old 28th August 2019, 11:53 PM   #1
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Darwin Awards Thread

Do we have a Darwin Awards thread, or rather, a thread in which we can post stupid ways in which people have got themselves killed? If we have, I could not find it, and my apologies - and could a mod kindly move this post to it

If we haven't then here is my first contribution

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/new...ectid=12262933
"An Isis fighter was killed by his own drone bomb when the hapless jihadi forgot to charge the device's batteries - sending it straight back to him when its power ran low."

We learned this idiot had wired up his drone with explosives but was killed when its batteries ran low and it flew home."

"With a weak signal for some reason it detonated over his head."

It almost makes me believe in karma... almost!
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Old 29th August 2019, 12:59 AM   #2
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Sounds too good to be true. Who could prove them wrong? They could write such stories all day. I know they are reputable but something smells. Could be me
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Old 29th August 2019, 02:36 PM   #3
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Whats an "ISIS fighter "?


Besides, it's only a Darwin award if the recipient hasn't procreated.. Do we know if that is the case?
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I don't gain any self-satisfaction from seeing people get themselves killed or hurt, no matter how dumb.

I think it perpetuates the attitude that some people are just expendable and we shouldn't think twice about them. Dangerous mindset imo.
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Old 29th August 2019, 06:26 PM   #6
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I'll have to part ways with you there..

After 70 years, I have no doubt that some people are expendable, and don't deserve to be thought about even once...

I don't hold this opinion for any other living creature I have encountered..
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Old 29th August 2019, 06:33 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
I'll have to part ways with you there..

After 70 years, I have no doubt that some people are expendable, and don't deserve to be thought about even once...

I don't hold this opinion for any other living creature I have encountered..
I don't doubt that the world could be better off without some people, but I don't like even looking down that slippery slope.
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Old 29th August 2019, 07:06 PM   #8
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I don't disagree that we have to be careful about who decides who should stay and who should go..
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Originally Posted by Venom View Post
I don't doubt that the world could be better off without some people, but I don't like even looking down that slippery slope.
I don't think the slope is all that slippery. I don't seek anyone's death, and don't generally rejoice in it, but when a terrorist bomber blows himself up? I don't think you slide very far down the slope if you find that amusing.
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Satisfying, if not amusing..

The older I get, the more it takes to get me to laugh..
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Old 29th August 2019, 08:44 PM   #11
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Besides, it's only a Darwin award if the recipient hasn't procreated.. Do we know if that is the case?
Not actually true. At least according to the old Darwin Awards website.

Oh look, it still exists:

https://darwinawards.com/

I used to post in the site's forum, but haven't been there in many years.

Fwiw, here is the rule in question:
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The existence of offspring, though potentially deleterious to the gene pool, does not disqualify a nominee.
The full criteria are:
Reproduction
Excellence
Self-Selection
Maturity
Veracity

(As above, the "Reproduction" criterion simply means that the individual can no longer reproduce in the future, but having children is not itself a disqualifying factor.)
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Old 30th August 2019, 05:40 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
I don't disagree that we have to be careful about who decides who should stay and who should go..
That's the beauty of it. Nobody but the surplus idiot is making the decision.
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https://www.thejournal.ie/man-dies-g...88517-Aug2019/

A MAN HAS died after being gored by a rampant bull during a festival in central Spain, according to authorities.

The incident occurred during a bull run in the town of Cuellar, 155 kilometres north of Madrid.
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
I'll have to part ways with you there..

After 70 years, I have no doubt that some people are expendable, and don't deserve to be thought about even once...

I don't hold this opinion for any other living creature I have encountered..
I'm always quite happy to see a dead raccoon. I hate those things.
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
I'm always quite happy to see a dead raccoon. I hate those things.
I have no such argument with raccoons, but must confess that I have actually shot porcupines. I have no doubt that at the great reckoning the porcupine god will skewer me with septic quills until I burn in eternal hell, but until then, they'd better not come around here.
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
Satisfying, if not amusing..

The older I get, the more it takes to get me to laugh..
Ah, you and me both.... we have Grumpy Old Man Syndrome
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I laughed at the yoga instructor who was performing "extreme" yoga on her highrise apartment balcony railing and ended up with 101 broken bones after over evaluating her abilities.

Not a Darwin award though, she lived. Not she she wishes she had though.
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Satisfying, if not amusing..

The older I get, the more it takes to get me to laugh..
Ah, you and me both.... we have Grumpy Old Man Syndrome
See if this potential Darwin worthy anecdote from my youth gets a chuckle -

Two of my older brother's more intelligent friends, let's call them Mutt & Jeff because I've forgotten their real names, were low on drug money and exploring their options when Mutt had an idea. Seems Mutt's aunt had a vacation cabin in The Sierra Nevada which apparently had some high-end stereo equipment in it. They would drive to the mountains and burglarize the cabin.

Once they arrived at the cabin, Mutt tells Jeff to wait in the car and be the look out. That was the last time Mutt was seen alive. Jeff searched for Mutt but gave up when night fell and the temperature dropped into the teens. Jeff abandoned Mutt, drove back to Sacramento and told Mutt's parents, who reported him missing to the authorities.

Mutt's body was found stuck in the chimney at his Aunt's cabin. Apparently he tried breaking into the cabin by going in that way. Head first. He froze to death.
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Why didn't he shout out?
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Why didn't he shout out?
Don't know. Perhaps he wound up with his mouth wedged against the bricks.

I tried to search for the newspaper article on it - would've been in the early 80s. Couldn't find it but i did find more than 1 burglar who met their demise in a chimney.

I underestimated the power of stupid.
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Not so much a chuckle... More a "Ho Ho Ho"
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See if this potential Darwin worthy anecdote from my youth gets a chuckle -

Two of my older brother's more intelligent friends, let's call them Mutt & Jeff because I've forgotten their real names, were low on drug money and exploring their options when Mutt had an idea. Seems Mutt's aunt had a vacation cabin in The Sierra Nevada which apparently had some high-end stereo equipment in it. They would drive to the mountains and burglarize the cabin.

Once they arrived at the cabin, Mutt tells Jeff to wait in the car and be the look out. That was the last time Mutt was seen alive. Jeff searched for Mutt but gave up when night fell and the temperature dropped into the teens. Jeff abandoned Mutt, drove back to Sacramento and told Mutt's parents, who reported him missing to the authorities.

Mutt's body was found stuck in the chimney at his Aunt's cabin. Apparently he tried breaking into the cabin by going in that way. Head first. He froze to death.
For more information and cases see this link.
https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/n...-and-dying-302
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Man, what a horrible way to die. And what an idiotic plan. Didn't even tell his buddy how he planned to enter the cabin.

Medieval sadists would be hard pressed to dream up a crueler way to kill someone and he did it to himself.
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Perhaps the red suit with white fur trim should have been a clue.
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Perhaps the red suit with white fur trim should have been a clue.
Outstanding!!!
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Perhaps the red suit with white fur trim should have been a clue.
Definitely channeling Gremlins.
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Man, what a horrible way to die. And what an idiotic plan. Didn't even tell his buddy how he planned to enter the cabin.

Medieval sadists would be hard pressed to dream up a crueler way to kill someone and he did it to himself.
Especially, if he was Claus-trophobic!

Did he die from the flue?

At the funeral, it was considered insensitive of the priest to say, "Ashes to ashes!"
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https://www.thejournal.ie/man-dies-g...88517-Aug2019/

A MAN HAS died after being gored by a rampant bull during a festival in central Spain, according to authorities.

The incident occurred during a bull run in the town of Cuellar, 155 kilometres north of Madrid.
How does this qualify for a Darwin award? The man wasn't taking part in the bull run and was a spectator who was pushed in to the path of a bull.
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How does this qualify for a Darwin award? The man wasn't taking part in the bull run and was a spectator who was pushed in to the path of a bull.
Exactly: he was a spectator at a bull run.
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Here's one from my parents' neck of the woods:

Sydenham shooting: Man 'unintentionally shot himself'
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Exactly: he was a spectator at a bull run.
No. Whether or not it's stupid to be a spectator at a bull run, it still fails the self-selection test because of the push.
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I'm always quite happy to see a dead raccoon. I hate those things.
I'm not particularly fond of raccoons, but I can't say I really react seeing a dead one much one way or another.

I do, however, take considerable joy in killing blood sucking insects: mosquitoes, biting flies, no-see-ums, ticks (actually arachnids) or whatever. I suppose it's not really their fault that they have evolved to require blood to survive, but, if they come after mine, they are fair game.
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No. Whether or not it's stupid to be a spectator at a bull run, it still fails the self-selection test because of the push.
He self-selected by being there in the first place.
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He self-selected by being there in the first place.
You are getting confused and are painting yourself into a corner. Having a third party independently send you to your death whilst watching a spectacle (however much you disagree with said spectacle) is in no way self selection.
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He self-selected by being there in the first place.
That isn't enough.
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That isn't enough.
It's enough for me.
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It's enough for me.
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"As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting at the door of the Legislative Palace, and the struggle within will be no less furious." - Bastiat, The Law
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Old 11th September 2019, 09:49 AM   #40
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This fits the rules as far as I am concerned.

1. Out of gene pool - check.
2. Misapplication of judgment - check
3. Cause one's own demise - check
4. Capable of sound judgment - check
5. Event is true - check.
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