2007 Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards are true stories (they verify them) about people killing themselves in stupid ways. They are said to “commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.”

The best of 2007  here and as usual they make for pretty funny reading.

Here are a couple of examples:

    • (28 July 2007, Czech Republic) A pack of thieves attempted to steal scrap metal from an abandoned factory in Kladno. Unfortunately for them, they selected the steel girders that supported the factory roof. When the roof supports were dismantled, the roof fell, fatally crushing two thieves and injuring three others.
    • (10 January 2007, East Germany) A 63-year-old man’s extraordinary effort to eradicate a mole from his property resulted in a victory for the mole. The man pounded several metal rods into the ground and connected them to a high-voltage power line, with the intent of rendering the subterranean realm uninhabitable. Incidentally, the maneuver electrified the very ground he stood upon. He was found dead at his holiday property on the Baltic Sea. Police had to trip the main circuit breaker before venturing onto the property.
    • (23 June 2007, Illinois) Two Valparaiso men tested their reflexes by playing “chicken” with a train. Which man could stay on the rail longest in the path of an oncoming train? At the stroke of midnight, the contest was decided. The winner, aptly named Patrick Stiff, lost his life.
      • Lynda Stiff

        The story about Patrick Stiff is untrue. He was not on the train tracks when he died. The first newspaper article took the word of drunks and cops that wanted to hurry it all along. Never even investigating. The way people pass around this story is ridiculous. You get some kind of high off of nothing..lies.

      • alistair

        Lynda, I am really sorry that you lost your brother – especially in such a needless fashion.

        However, from the reports that I have now read (including your interview) I think it quite clear that the reports are actually true – he was playing chicken with his friend and I now know he was also drunk. It seems that he was trying to get out of the way when he was hit – but that doesn’t make the report (as related above) untrue.

        I understand how you probably find it hard that people have passed this story around – I can’t really imagine how it would feel. I hope that you are able to come to terms with your grief soon.

      • Lynda Stiff

        I hope you rot in hell. How's that for getting over my greif? My brother was a good man..one of the best. Just because your drunk doesn't mean that you are drunk enough to want to be hit by a train. Furthermore, the story was removed from the Darwin Awards for being untrue!

      • Lynda Stiff

        I hope you rot in hell. How's that for getting over my greif? My brother was a good man..one of the best. Just because your drunk doesn't mean that you are drunk enough to want to be hit by a train. Furthermore, the story was removed from the Darwin Awards for being untrue!