Pour ceux qui ne les connaissent pas encore, les Darwin Awards sont decernés
chaque année pour recompenser les personnes qui ont le plus contribué
à l'amélioration génétique de la race humaine
en se tuant de la facon la plus stupide possible. Je les ai collectionnés entre 1995 et 2003 mais il existe aussi un site officiel des Darwin Awards:
You all know about the Darwin Awards - It's an annual honor given to
the person who did the gene-pool the biggest service by killing themselves
in the most extraordinarily stupid way. I used to collect them between 1995 and 2003 but there is also an official Darwin Awards web site:
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La patrouille routiere d'Arizona a trouve des bouts de metal incrustes
dans une falaise au-dessus d'une route, au niveau d'un virage. L'epave semblait
resulter d'un accident d'avion, mais il s'est avere etre celle d'une voiture.
Le modele de voiture n'etait pas identifiable directement. Le Labo a finalement
reussi a determiner de quoi il s'agissait et ce qui s'etait passe. Il semble
qu'un type ait reussi a se procurer on ne sait comment une "JATO"
(Jet Assisted Take Off, une rocket) utilisee pour donner aux gros porteurs
militaires une poussee supplementaire au moment du decollage. Il a conduit
sa Chevrolet Impala dans le desert, a trouve une longue ligne droite et
a attache la rocket a sa voiture. Les faits, tels qu'ils ont ete determines,
sont que le conducteur de la Impala 1967 a pris de la vitesse et a allume
la rocket a environ 3 miles (4.8km) du lieu de l'accident - ceci deduit
grace au bitume fondu a cet endroit. La JATO, si utilisee correctement,
aurait atteint sa poussee maximum au bout de 5 secondes, propulsant la Chevrolet
a plus (bien plus) de 350 mph (560 kmh), et aurait continuee a pousser pendant
20 a 25 secondes. Dans le meilleur des cas, le conducteur devenu pilote
a subit une acceleration de plusieurs G theoriquement resevee aux pilotes
de F-18 en mode afterburner, ce qui l'a rendu relativement insignifiant
pour la suite des evenements. Quoi qu'il en soit, la voiture est restee
sur la route pendant environ 2.5 miles avant que le conducteur n'ecrase
et fonde completement les freins, explosant les pneus et laissant d'epaisses
traces de gommes sur la chaussee. La voiture a ensuite quitte le sol pendant
1.4 miles de plus avant de percuter la falaise a une hauteur de 125 pieds
(38metres !!), laissant un cratere de 3 pieds (1 metre) de profondeur dans
la roche. La plupart des reste du conducteur ne furent pas identifiable,
mais des fragments d'os, de dents et de cheveux ont pu etre extrait du cratere
et quelques bouts d'os et d'ongles ont ete retires de ce qui fut le volant.
Last year's winner was the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine which
toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out of
it. And this year's nominee is........
The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded
into the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The
wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The
type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. The lab finally figured out
what it was and what had happened. It seems that a guy had somehow gotten
hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off - actually a solid fuel rocket)
that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra "push"
for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out
into the desert and found a long straight stretch of road. Then he attached
the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the
JATO! The facts as best could be determined are that the operator of the
1967 Impala hit JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from
the crash site. This was established by the prominent scorched and melted
asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached
maximum thrust within five seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well
in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25
seconds. The driver, soon to be pilot, most likely would have experienced
G forces usually reserved for dogfighting F- 14 jocks under full afterbumers,
basically causing him to become insignificant for the remainder of the event.
However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles
(15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes,
blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then
becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face
at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater three feet deep in the
* En septembre a Detroit, un homme de 41 ans est mort noye dans 50 c
d'eau apres avoir passe la tete dans une bouche d'egout et s'etre bloque
...en cherchant ses cles de voiture...
* En octobre un agent de change de San Francisco, qui d'apres sa femme
fait le vide total dans sa tete quand il court, se tue pendant son jogging
en tombant dans un ravin de 60 metres.
* Buxton, NC: Jones, un resident de Woodbridge, Virginia, s'est tue a
la plage quand le trou qu'il avait creuse pour s'asseoir s'est effondre
et l'a enterre vivant. Les temoins affirment qu'il s'etait installe dans
son trou avec sa chaise longue quand soudain ca s'est effondre. Il a fallu
une heure aux sauveteurs pour le sortir du trou. Il etait mort a son arrivee
* En fevrier, Santiago Alvarado, 24 ans s'est tue a Lompoc, Californie,en
tombant la tete premiere du plafond d'un magasin de velo qu'il essayait
de cambrioler. La mort est due a la lampe de poche qu'il tenait dans sa
bouche (pour garder les mains libres) et qui est entree dans la base du
crane en touchant par terre...
* Selon le rapport de Police de Dahlonega, Georgia, le cadet de Police
Nick Berena, 20 ans, est mort, poignarde par son ami le cadet dePolice Jeffrey
Hofman, 23 ans, qui voulait lui demontrer que le veste en Kevlar que Berena
portait pouvait resister aux coups de couteaux...
* Sylvester Bridel, Jr, 26 ans est mort en fevrier a Selbyville, en gagnant
son pari avec ses amis comme quoi il n'oserait pas mettre un revolver rempli
de 4 balles dans sa bouche et tirer...
* A Elyria, Ohio, en essayant de nettoyer les toiles d'arraignes dans
sa cave, Martin Eskins refusa d'utiliser le balais et preferra allumer une
torche pour bruler les toiles, causant une incendie qui a ravage les premier
et deuxieme etage de sa maison.
* Paul Stiller et sa femme sont hospitalises en septembre a Andover Township,
NJ, blesses par un baton de dynamite qui a explose dans leur voiture: s'ennuyant
a bord de leur voiture a deux heures du matin, ils ont voulu allumer un
baton de dynamite et le jeter par la fenetre pour voir ce que ca faisait,
mais apparemment n'ont pas remarque que les vitres etaient fermees quand
ils ont lance le baton...
* Tacoma, WA - Kerry Bingham, et ses amis avaient passe la soiree a boire
quand l'un d'entre eux dit qu'il connaissait quelqu'un qui avait saute en
elastique du pont de Tacoma Narrows Bridge. La conversation s'anime et a
4:30 du matin, Kerry et ses amis se rendent sur les lieux pour renouveler
l'experience. Arrives sur le pont, ils s'apercoivent qu'ils n'ont pas amene
d'elastique pour le saut; ils decident alors d'utiliser un cable qu'ils
ont trouve pres du pont. Ils attachent donc un bout du cable au pont et
l'autre bout a la jambe de Kerry. Apres un saut de 12 metres, le cable s'est
tendu arrachant le pied de Kerry a la cheville. Il surviva miraculeusement,
sauve des eaux de la riviere par des pecheurs...
* Une femme rentre a la maison et trouve son mari de dos dans la cuisine
tremblant, presqu'en transe avec un fil electrique a la main. Pour sauver
son mari, elle attrape un bout de bois dans le jardin et le tape violemment
a l'epaule pour l'eloigner du courant electrique. Ce faisant elle lui fait
une double fracture au bras. Dommage, car en fait le mari etait en train
d'ecouter de la musique sur son Walkman....
* Brementon, WA - Christopher Coulter et sa femme voulant pimenter leurs
ebats ont eu l'idee de verser du beurre du cacahuetes sur les organes genitaux
de Christopher et de laisser le chien Rudy les lecher. Malheureusement,
Rudy perd son controle et commence a mordre les testicules et le penis de
Christopher. Paniquee, Emily jette une bouteille de parfum qui se brise
sur la tete du chien. Rudy surpris saute en arriere et du coup arrache le
penis de Christopher. Les chirurgiens de l'hopital de Brementon ont mis
huit heures pour coller les morceaux et declarent que Chris a eu beaucoup
de chance que le parfum ait sterilise la plaie..
You all know about the Darwin Awards - - It's an annual honor given to
the person who did the gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves
in the most extraordinarily stupid way. The 1995 winner was the fellow who
was killed by a Coke machine which topples over on top of him as he was
attempting to tip a free soda out of it. In 1996 the winner was an Air Force
Sergeant who attached a jet engine (JATO) unit to his car and crashed into
a cliff several hundred feet above the road. And now, the 1997 winner:
Larry Waters of Los Angeles - - one of the few Darwin winners to survive
his award-winning accomplishment. Larry's boyhood dream was to fly. When
he graduated from high school, he joined the Air Force in hopes of becoming
a pilot. Unfortunately, poor eyesight disqualified him. When he was finally
discharged, he had to satisfy himself with watching jets fly over his backyard.
One day, Larry had a bright idea. He decided to fly. He went to the local
Army-Navy surplus store and purchased 45 weather balloons and several tanks
of helium. The weather balloons, when fully inflated, would measure more
that four feet across. Back home, Larry securely strapped the balloons to
his sturdy lawn chair. He anchored the chair to the bumper of his Jeep and
inflated the balloons with the helium. He climbed on for a test while it
was still only a few feet above the ground. Satisfied it would work, Larry
packed several sandwiches and a six-pack of Miller Lite, loaded his pellet
gun figuring he could pop a few balloons when it was time to descend and
went back to the floating lawn chair. He tied himself in along with his
pellet gun and provisions. Larry's plan was to lazily float up to a height
of about 30 feet above his back yard after severing the anchor and in a
few hours come back down. Things didn't quite work out that way. When he
cut the cord anchoring the lawn chair to his Jeep, he didn't float lazily
up to 30 or so feet. Instead he streaked into the LA sky as if shot from
a cannon. He didn't level off at 30 feet, nor did he level off at 100 feet.
After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 11,000 feet. At that height
he couldn't risk shooting any of the balloons, lest he unbalance the load
and really find himself in trouble. So he stayed there, drifting, cold and
frightened, for more than 14 hours. Then he really got in trouble. He found
himself drifting into the primary approach corridor of Los Angeles International
Airport. A United pilot first spotted Larry. He radioed the tower and described
passing guy in a lawn chair with a gun. Radar confirmed the existence of
an object floating 11,000 feet above the airport. LAX emergency procedures
swung into full alert and a helicopter was dispatched to investigate. LAX
is right on the ocean. Night was falling and the offshore breeze began to
blow. It carried Larry out to sea with the helicopter in hot pursuit. Several
miles out, the helicopter caught up with Larry. Once the crew determined
that Larry was not dangerous, they attempted to close in for a rescue, but
the draft from the blades would push Larry away whenever they neared. Finally,
the helicopter ascended to a position several hundred feet above Larry and
lowered a rescue line. Larry snagged the line and was hauled back to shore.
The difficult maneuver was flawlessly executed by the helicopter crew. As
soon as Larry was hauled to earth, he was arrested by waiting members of
the LAPD for violating LAX airspace. As he was led away in handcuffs, a
reported dispatched to cover the daring rescue asked why he had done it.
Larry stopped, turned and replied nonchalantly, "A man can't just sit
around." Let's hear for Larry Waters, the 1997 Darwin Award Winner.
This year's Darwin Award winners are John Pernicky and his friend Sal
Hawkins from the great state of Washington. John and Sal decided to attend
a Metallica concert at the amphitheater in Gorge, Washington. Having no
tickets, but 18 beers between them, they sat in the parking lot and finished
the beer. At that point, they decided they could scale the 9 foot fence
and sneak into the concert. The two friends pulled their pick-up over to
the fence and the plan was for John, 100 pounds heavier than Sal, to hop
over, and then assist his friend. Unfortunately, there was a 30 foot drop
on the other side of the 9 foot fence. Having heaved himself over, John
found himself crashing through a tree. His fall was abruptly halted by a
large branch which snagged him by his shorts. Dangling from the tree with
one arm broken, John looked down and saw a clump of bushes directly below.
Figuring the bushes would break his fall, John removed a pocket knife and
proceeded to cut away his shorts. When finally free from the tree, he crashed
into a large clump of holly bushes. The sharp leaves scratched his entire
body. Being without shorts, he was the unwilling victim of a holly branch
which penetrated his rectal cavity. To make matters worse, his pocket knife
fell with him and landed 3 inches into his left thigh. Seeing his friend
in terrible pain, Sal decided to throw John a rope. However, weighing about
100 pounds less than his friend, Sal decided the best coarse of action would
be to tie the rope to the pick-up truck. This is when things went from bad
to worse. In his drunken state, Sal put the truck into the wrong gear, pressed
on the gas and crashed through the fence, landing on and killing John. Sal
was thrown from the truck, suffered massive internal injuries, and died
on the scene. Police arrived to find the pick-up with its driver thrown
100 feet from the vehicle and, upon moving the truck, a half naked man with
numerous scratches, a holly branch stuck up his rectum, a knife in his thigh,
and a pair of shorts dangling from a tree branch 25 feet in the air. The
Darwin Award is bestowed every year upon an individual(s) (or remains thereof),
who, through single minded self sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable
elements from the human gene pool. John and Sal posthumously received this
The NEW, undisputed Darwin Award winner for 1997 (the Darwin is awarded
to the person who does the human gene pool the greatest favour by removing
themselves from it in a new and ingenious way)
Japan Times-April 16, 1997
"The government must crack down on this disgusting craze of pumping",
a spokesman for the Nakhon Ratchasima hospital told reporters. "If
this perversion catches on, it will destroy the cream of Thailand's manhood."
He was speaking after the remains of 13 year-old Charnchai Puanmuangpak
had been rushed into the hospital's emergency room. "Most 'Pumpers'
use a standard bicycle pump," he explained, "inserting the nozzle
far up their rectum, giving themselves a rush of air, creating a momentary
high. This act is a sin against God." Charnchai took it further still.
He started using a two-cylinder foot pump, but even that wasn't exciting
enough for him, and he boasted to friends that he was going to try the compressed
air hose at a nearby gasoline station. They dared him to do it so, under
cover of darkness, he snuck in. Not realizing how powerful the machine was,
he inserted the tube deep into his rectum, and placed a coin in the slot.
As a result, he died virtually instantly, but passersby are still in shock.
One woman thought she was watching a twilight fireworks display, and started
clapping. "We still haven't located all of him." say the police
authorities."When that quantity of air interacted with the gas in his
system, he nearly exploded. It was like an atom bomb went off or something."
"Pumping is the devil's pastime, and we must all say no to Satan,"
Ratchasima concluded. "Inflate your tires by all means, but then hide
your bicycle pump where it cannot tempt you." Let's hear it for Charnchai
Puanmuangpak, the NEW 1997 undisputed Darwin Awards recipient!
THE DARWIN AWARDS are given every year to bestow upon (the remains of)
that individual, who through single-minded self-sacrifice, has done the
most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool. Here are some
[AP, Mammoth Lakes, CA] A San Anselmo man died yesterday when he hit
a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope
on a foam pad, authorities said. Matthew David Hubal, 22, was pronounced
dead at Centinela Mammoth Hospital. The accident occurred about 3 a.m.,
the Mono County Sheriff's Department said. Hubal and his friends apparently
had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley and undid some yellow foam protectors
from the lift towers, said Lieutenant Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes
Police Department. The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit the
towers. The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and
Hubal crashed into a tower. It has since been investigated that the tower
he hit as the one with its pad removed.
[AP, St. Louis, MO] Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly
in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call police, Puelo grabbed
a hot dog, shoved it in his mouth, and walked out without paying for it.
Police found him unconscious in front of the store: paramedics removed the
six-inch wiener from his throat, where it had choked him to death.
[UPI, Spain] To poacher Marino Malerba, who shot a stag standing above
him on an overhanging rock -- and was killed instantly when it fell on him.
[Associated Press, Kincaid, W. VA] A man at a party popped a blasting
cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his
lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday. Jerry Stromyer, 24,
of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday
night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. "Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked
to a battery, and was trying to explode it," Payne said. "It wouldn't
go off and this guy said, "I'll show you how to set it off." "He
put it in his mouth and bit down. It blew all his teeth off, his tongue
and his lips," Payne said. Stromyer was listed in guarded condition
Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesman at Charleston
Area Medical Division. "I just can't imagine anyone doing something
like that," Payne said.
[UPI, Portland, OR] Doctors at Portland's University Hospital said Wednesday
an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky to be alive,
and will be released soon from the hospital. Tony Roberts, 25, lost his
right eye last weekend during an initiation into a men's rafting club, Mountain
Men Anonymous, in Grants Pass, Ore. A friend tried to shoot a beer can off
his head, but the arrow entered Roberts' right eye. Doctors said had the
arrow gone 1 millimeter to the left, a major blood vessel would have cut
and Roberts would have died instantly. Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw
at the University Hospital in Portland said the arrow went through 8 to
10 inches of brain, with the tip protruding at the rear of his skill, yet
somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels. Delashaw also said had
Robert tried to pull the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed
himself. Roberts admitted afterwards he and his friends had been drinking
that afternoon. Said Roberts, "I feel so dumb about this." No
charges have been filed but the Josephine County district attorney's office
said the initiation stunt is under investigation.
[AP, Arkansas] A woman named Linda went to Arkansas last week to visit
her in-laws, and while there, went to a store. She parked next to a car
with a woman sitting in it, her eyes closed and hands behind her head, apparently
sleeping. When Linda came out a while later, she again saw the woman, her
hands still behind her head but with her eyes open. The woman looked very
strange, so Linda tapped on the window and said "Are you okay?"
The woman answered "I've been shot in the head, and I am holding my
brains in." Linda didn't know what to do; so she ran into the store
where store officials called the paramedics. They had to break into the
car because the door was locked. When they got in, they found that the woman
had bread dough on the back of her head and in her hands. A Pillsbury biscuit
canister had exploded, apparently from the heat in the car, making a loud
explosion like that of a gunshot, and hit her in the head. When she reached
back to find what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains.
She passed out from fright at first, then attempted to hold her brains in!
[San Jose Mercury News] An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club
to break a former girlfriend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to
death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.
[Hickory Daily Record 12/21/92] Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally
shot himself to death in December in Newton, N.C., when, awakening to the
sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but
grabbed instead a Smith &Wesson .38 Special, which discharged when he
drew it to his ear.
[Unknown, 25 March] A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are
being blamed for the death of a man who was killed by his own gas. There
was no mark on his body but autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas
in his system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage (and
a couple of other things). It was just the right combination of foods.It
appears that the man died in his sleep from breathing from the poisonous
cloud that was hanging over his bed. Had he been outside or had his windows
been opened, it wouldn't have been fatal. But the man was shut up in his
near airtight bedroom. He was "... a big man with a huge capacity for
creating [this deadly gas]." Three of the rescuers got sick and one
[Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario] Man slips, falls 23 stories to his death.
A man cleaning a bird feeder on his balcony of his condominium apartment
in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death, police
said Monday. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheeled chair Sunday when
the accident occurred, said Inspector D'Arcy Honer of the Peel regional
police. "It appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony,"
Honer said."It's one of those freak accidents. No foul play is suspected."
[UPI, Toronto] Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows
in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder
and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39,
fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday
evening as he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to visiting
law students. Hoy previously had conducted demonstrations of window strength
according to police reports. Peter Lauwers, managing partner of the firm
Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one
of the best and brightest" members of the 200-man association.
[AP, Cairo, Egypt, 31 Aug 1995 CAIRO, Egypt (AP)] Six people drowned
Monday while trying to rescue a chicken that had fallen into a well in southern
Egypt. An 18-year-old farmer was the first to descend into the 60-foot well.
He drowned, apparently after an undercurrent in the water pulled him down,
police said.His sister and two brothers, none of whom could swim well, went
in one by one to help him, but also drowned. Two elderly farmers then came
to help, but they apparently were pulled by the same undercurrent.The bodies
of the six were later pulled out of the well in the village of Nazlat Imara,
240 miles south of Cairo. The chicken was also pulled out. It survived.
[Times of London] A thief who sneaked into a hospital was scarred for
life when he tried to get a suntan. After evading security staff at Odstock
Hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and helping himself to doctor's paging
devices, the thief spotted a vertical sunbed. He walked into the unit and
removed his clothes for a 45-minute tan. However, the high-voltage UV machine
at the hospital, which is renowned for its treatment of burns victims, has
a maximum dosage of 10 seconds. After lying on the bed for almost 300 times
the recommended maximum time, the man was covered in blisters.Hours later,
when the pain of the burns became unbearable, he went to Southampton General
Hospital, 20 miles away, in Hampshire. Staff became suspicious because he
was wearing a doctor's coat. After tending his wounds they called the police.
Southampton police said: "This man broke into Odstock and decided he
fancied a quick suntan. Doctors say he is going to be scarred for life.
They have finally been released! For those not familiar with the Darwin
Award - It's an annual honor given to the person who provided the universal
human gene pool the biggest service by getting killed in the most extraordinarily
stupid way. As always, competition this year has been keen. Some candidates
appear to have trained their whole lives for this event!
DARWIN AWARD CANDIDATES
1. In September in Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in
two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer
grate to retrieve his car keys.
2. In October, a 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally
zoned when he ran," according to his wife, accidentally jogged off
a 200-foot-high cliff on his daily run.
3. Buxton, NC: A man died on a beach when an 8-foot-deep hole he had
dug into the sand caved in as he sat inside it. Beachgoers said Daniel Jones,
21, dug the hole for fun, or protection from the wind, and had been sitting
in a beach chair at the bottom Thursday afternoon when it collapsed, burying
him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach, on the Outer Banks, used
their hands and shovels, trying to claw their way to Jones, a resident of
Woodbridge, VA, but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy
equipment almost an hour to free him while about 200 people looked on. Jones
was pronounced dead at a hospital.
4. In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, CA, as he
fell face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing.
Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth (to
keep his hands free) rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
5. According to police in Dahlonega, GA, ROTC cadet Nick Berrena, 20,
was stabbed to death in January by fellow cadet Jeffrey Hoffman, 23, who
was trying to prove that a knife could not penetrate the flakvest Berrena
6. Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in February in Selbyville,
Del., as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver
loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
7. In February, according to police in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Kolta,
27, and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie
in the game of chicken they were playing with their snowmobiles.
8. In September, a 7-year-old boy fell off a 100-foot-high bluff near
Ozark, Ark, after he lost his grip swinging on a cross that marked the spot
where another person had fallen to his death in 1990.
DARWIN AWARD HONORABLE MENTIONS
1. In Guthrie, Okla , in October, Jason Heck tried to kill a millipede
with a shot from his 22-caliber rifle, but the bullet ricocheted off a rock
near the hole and hit pal Antonio Martinez in the head, fracturing his skull.
2. In Elyria, Ohio, in October, Martyn Eskins, attempting to clean out
cobwebs in his basement, declined to use a broom in favor of a propane torch
and caused a fire that burned the first and second floors of his house.
3. Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, NJ, in September,
and his wife Bonnie was also injured, by a quarter-stick of dynamite that
blew up in their car. While driving around at 2 AM, the bored couple lit
the dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see what would happen,
but they apparently failed to notice that the window was closed.
4. Taking "Amateur Night" Too Far: In Betulia, Colombia, an
annual festival in November includes five days of amateur bullfighting.
This year, no bull was killed, but dozens of matadors were injured, including
one gored in the head and one Bobbittized. Said one participant, "It's
just one bull against [a town of] a thousand Morons."
AND THE WINNER: PADERBORN, GERMANY
Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his constipated elephant
Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a
bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally
let fly - and suffocated the keeper under 200 pounds of poop! Investigators
say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant
an olive-oil enemawhen the relieved beast unloaded on him like a dump truck
full of mud. "The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation
knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock
and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on
top of him," said flabbergasted Paderborn police detective Erik Dern.
"With no one there to help him, he lay under all that dung for at least
an hour before a watchman came along, and during that time he suffocated.
It seems to be just one of those freak accidents. ================================================================
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Nov. 13) -- A 39-year-old Charlottesville Man died
Thursday in a freak accident involving his washing machine. According topolice
reports, Samuel Randolph Strickson was doing laundry when he tried to speed
up the process. Strickson apparently tried to stuff approximately 50pounds
of laundry into his washing machine by climbing on top of the washerand
attempting to force the clothing into the basin. Strickson then apparentlyaccidentally
kicked the washing machine's ON button. When the machine turnedon, Strickson
lost his balance and both feet went down into the machine, wherethey got
stuck.The machine started its cycle, and Strickson, unable to free himself,
started thrashing around as the machine's agitator went into gear. Strickson's
headbanged against a nearby shelf in the laundry room, knocking over a bottle
ofbleach, which poured over Strickson's face, blinding him. Forensic reports
sayStrickson apparently also swallowed some of the bleach. He then vomited,
butwas still unable to free himself. Strickson's dog, then apparently came
into the laundry room.At about the same time, according to police, a large
box of baking soda fell from the shelf, startling the dog, who then urinated.
Urine, like vinegar, is acidic, and the chemical reaction between the urine
and the baking sodaresulted in "a small explosion," according
to police reports. The dog,however, escaped unharmed. Strickson remained
stuck in the washing machine, which eventually went into its high-speed
spin cycle, spinning Stricksonaround at about 70 miles per hour, according
to forensic experts. Strickson's head then smashed against a steel beam
behind the washing machine, Immediatelykilling him. A neighbor heard the
commotion and called 911, but Strickson was pronounced dead at the scene.
1. TACOMA, WA - Kerry Bingham, had been drinking with several friends
when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from the
Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more
heated and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30am.
Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they discovered that no one had
brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered
and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. One end of the
cable was secured around Bingham's leg and the other end was tied to the
bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his
foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy river
water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. "All I can say,"
said Bingham, "is that God was watching out for me on that night. There's
just no other explanation for it." Bingham's foot was never located.
2. A young Canadian man, searching for a way of getting drunk cheaply,
because he had no money with which to buy alcohol, mixed gasoline with milk.
Not surprisingly, this concoction made him ill, and he vomited into the
fireplace in his house. This resulting explosion and fire burned his house
down, killing both him and his sister.
3. A 34-year-old white male found dead in the basement of his home died
of suffocation, according to police. He was approximately 6'2" tall
and weighed 225 pounds. He was wearing a pleated skirt, white bra, black
and white saddle shoes, and a woman's wig. It appeared that he was trying
to create a schoolgirl's uniform look. He was also wearing a military gas
mask that had the filter canister removed and a rubber hose attached in
its place. The other end of the hose was connected to a one end of a hollow
wooden tube approx. 12" long and 3" in diameter. The tube's other
end was inserted into his rear end for reasons unknown, and was the cause
of his suffocation. Police found the task of explaining the circumstances
of his death to his family very awkward.
4. Three Brazilian men were flying in a light aircraft at low altitude
when another plane approached. It appears that they decided to moon the
occupants of the other plane, but lost control of their own aircraft and
crashed. They were all found dead in the wreckage with their pants around
5. A police officer in Ohio responded to a 911 call. She had no details
before arriving, except that someone had reported that his father was not
breathing. Upon arrival, the officer found the man face down on the couch,
naked. When she rolled him over to check for a pulse and to start CPR, she
noticed burn marks around his genitals. After the ambulance arrived and
removed the man - who was declared dead on arrival at the hospital - the
police made a closer inspection of the couch, and noticed that the man had
made a hole between the cushions. Upon flipping the couch over, they discovered
what caused his death. Apparently the man had a habit of putting his penis
between the cushions, down into the hole and between two electrical sanders
(with the sandpaper removed, for obvious reasons). According to the story,
after his orgasm the discharge shorted out one of the sanders, electrocuting
6 A 27-year-old French woman lost control of her car on a highway near
Marseilles and crashed into a tree, seriously injuring her passenger and
killing herself. As a commonplace road accident, this would not have qualified
for a Darwin nomination, were it not for the fact that the driver's attention
had been distracted by her Tamagotchi key ring, which had started urgently
beeping for food as she drove along. In an attempt to press the correct
buttons to save the Tamagotchi's life, the woman lost her own.
7 A 22-year-old Reston, VA man was found dead after he tried to use octopus
straps to bungee jump off a 70-foot railroad trestle. Fairfax County police
said Eric Barcia, a fast-food worker, taped a bunch of these straps together,
wrapped an end around one foot, anchored the other end to the trestle at
Lake Accotink Park, jumped and hit the pavement. Warren Carmichael, a police
spokesman, said investigators think Barcia was alone because his car was
found nearby. "The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater
than the distance between the trestle and the ground", Carmichael said.
Police say the apparent cause of death was "Major trauma".
8. A man in Alabama died from rattlesnake bites. It seems that he and
a friend were playing a game of catch, using the rattlesnake as a ball.
The friend - no doubt, a future Darwin Awards candidate - was hospitalized.
9. Employees in a medium-sized warehouse in west Texas noticed the smell
of a gas leak. Sensibly, management evacuated the building, extinguishing
all potential sources of ignition lights, power, etc. After the building
had been evacuated, two technicians from the gas company were dispatched.
Upon entering the building, they found they had difficulty navigating in
the dark. To their frustration, none of the lights worked (you can see what's
coming, can't you?). Witnesses later described the sight of one of the technicians
reaching into his pocket and retrieving an object, that resembled a cigarette
lighter. Upon operation of the lighter like object, the gas in the warehouse
exploded, sending pieces of it up to three miles away. Nothing was found
of the technicians, but the lighter was virtually untouched by the explosion.
The technician suspected of causing the blast had never been thought of
as 'bright' by his peers.
Allmost Darwin Awards
Allmost Darwin Awards
Not really a Darwin award but 1994's MOST BIZARRE SUICIDE
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for
Forensic Science, AAFS president Don Harper Mills astounded his audience
in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the
On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus
and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. The decedent
had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide
(he left a note indicating his despondency). As he fell past the ninth floor,
his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, which killed
him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety
net had been erected at the eighth floor level to protect some window washers
and that Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide anyway because
Ordinarily, Dr. Mills continued, a person who sets out to commit suicide
ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he intended.
That Opus was shot on the way to certain death nine stories below probably
would not have changed his mode of death from suicide to homicide. But the
fact that his suicidal intent would not have been successful caused the
medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on his hands. The room on
the ninth floor whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an elderly
man and his wife. They were arguing and he was threatening her with the
shotgun. He was so upset that, when he pulled the trigger, he completely
missed his wife and pellets went through the window striking Opus. When
one intends to kill subject A but kills subject B in the attempt, one is
guilty of the murder of subject B.
When confronted with this charge, the old man and his wife were both
adamant that neither knew that the shotgun was loaded. The old man said
it was his long standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun.
He had no intention to murder her - therefore, the killing of Opus appeared
to be an accident. That is, the gun had been accidentally loaded.
The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's
son loading the shotgun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal incident.
It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support
and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly,
loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.
The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death
of Ronald Opus.
There was an exquisite twist. Further investigation revealed that the
son, one Ronald Opus, had become increasingly despondent over the failure
of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off
the ten- story building on March 23, only to be killed by a shotgun blast
through a ninth story window.
The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.
Not really Darwin Awards but they could have:
And You Thought YOU Were Having a Bad Day! Sometimes, it seems like some
people are just plain *doomed*. If you don't believe it, consider these
weird deaths and other mishaps:
* A fierce gust of wind blew 45-year-old Vittorio Luise's car into a
river near Naples, Italy, in 1983. He managed to break a window, climb out
and swim to shore -- where a tree blew over and killed him.
* Mike Stewart, 31, of Dallas was filming a movie in 1983 on the dangers
of low-level bridges when the truck he was standing on passed under a low-level
bridge -- killing him.
* Walter Hallas, a 26-year-old store clerk in Leeds, England, was so
afraid of dentists that in 1979 he asked a fellow worker to try to cure
his toothache by punching him in the jaw. The punch causedHallas to fall
down, hitting his head, and he died of a fractured skull.
* George Schwartz, owner of a factory in Providence, R.I., narrowly escaped
death when a 1983 blast flattened his factory except for one wall. After
treatment for minor injuries, he returned to the scene to search for files.
The remaining wall then collapsed on him, killing him.
* Depressed since he could not find a job, 42-year-old Romolo Ribolla
sat in his kitchen near Pisa, Italy, with a gun in his hand threatening
to kill himself in 1981. His wife pleaded for him not to do it, and after
about an hour he burst into tears and threw the gun to the floor. It went
off and killed his wife.
* In 1983, a Mrs. Carson of Lake Kushaqua, N.Y., was laid out in her
coffin, presumed dead of heart disease. As mourners watched, she suddenly
sat up. Her daughter dropped dead of fright.
* A man hit by a car in New York in 1977 got up uninjured, but lay back
down in front of the car when a bystander told him to pretend he was hurt
so he could collect insurance money. The car rolled forward and crushed
him to death.
* Surprised while burgling a house in Antwerp, Belgium, a thief fled
out the back door, clambered over a nine-foot wall, dropped down and found
himself in the city prison.
* In 1976 a twenty-two-year-old Irishman, Bob Finnegan, was crossing
the busy Falls Road in Belfast, when he was struck by a taxi and flung over
its roof. The taxi drove away and, as Finnegan lay stunned in the road,
another car ran into him, rolling him into the gutter. It too drove on.
As a knot of gawkers gathered to examine the magnetic Irishman, a delivery
van plowed through the crowd, leaving in its wake three injured bystanders
and an even more battered Bob Finnegan.When a fourth vehicle came along,
the crowd wisely scattered and only one person was hit-Bob Finnegan. In
the space of two minutes Finnegan suffered a fractured skull, broken pelvis,
broken leg, and other assorted injuries. Hospital officials said he would
* While motorcycling through the Hungarian countryside, Cristo Falatti
came up to a railway line just as the crossing gates were coming down. While
he sat idling, he was joined by a farmer with a goat, which the farmer tethered
to the crossing gate. A few moments later a horse and cart drew up behind
Falatti, followed in short order by a man in a sports car. When the train
roared through the crossing, the horse startled and bit Falatti on the arm.
Not a man to be trifled with, Falatti responded by punching the horse in
the head. In consequence the horse's owner jumped down from his cart and
began scuffling with the motorcyclist. The horse, which was not up to this
sort of excitement, backed away briskly, smashing the cart into the sports-
car. At this, the sports-car driver leaped out of his car and joined the
fray. The farmer came forward to try to pacify the three flailing men. As
he did so, the crossing gates rose and his goat was strangled. At last report,
the insurance companies were still trying to sort out the claims.
* Two West German motorists had an all-too-literal head-on collision
in heavy fog near the small town of Guetersloh. Each was guiding his car
at a snail's pace near the center of the road. At the moment of impact their
heads were both out of the windows when they smacked together. Both men
were hospitalized with severe head injuries.Their cars weren't scratched.
* In a classic case of one thing leading to another, seven men aged eighteen
to twenty-nine received jail sentences of three to four years in Kingston-on-Thames,
England, in 1979 after a fight that started when one of the men threw a
french fry at another while they stood waiting for a train.
* Hitting on the novel idea that he could end his wife's incessant nagging
by giving her a good scare, Hungarian Jake Fen built an elaborate harness
to make it look as if he had hanged himself. When his wife came home and
saw him she fainted. Hearing a disturbance a neighbor came over and, finding
what she thought were two corpses, seized the opportunity to loot the place.
As she was leaving the room, her arms laden, the outraged and suspended
Mr. Fen kicked her stoutly in the backside. This so surprised the lady that
she dropped dead of a heart attack. Happily, Mr. Fen was acquitted of manslaughter
and he and his wife were reconciled.
* An unidentified English woman, according to the London Sunday Express
was climbing into the bathtub one afternoon when she remembered she had
left some muffins in the oven. Naked, she dashed downstairs and was removing
the muffins when she heard a noise at the door. Thinking it was the baker,
and knowing he would come in and leave a loaf of bread on the kitchen table
if she didn't answer his knock, the woman darted into the broom cupboard.
A few moments later she heard the back door open and, to her eternal mortification,
the sound of footsteps coming toward the cupboard. It was the man from the
gas company, come to read the meter. "Oh," stammered the woman,"I
was expecting the baker." The gas man blinked, excused himself and
Top ten FBI awards (Juillet 2002)
Chaque année le FBI enquête sur plus de 36.000 meurtres
ou affaires de coups et blessures volontaires ou non ayant entraîné
Chaque année également est publié le " Top
10 " des affaires jugées les plus " croustillantes ".
Bon " amusement " ....... !
10. Alex MIJTUS, 36 ans, a été assassiné par son
épouse au moyen d'un vibromasseur de 30 centimètres de long.
Madame MIJTUS en avait assez des pratiques sexuelles bizarres de son époux
et lors d'une " folle nuit d'amour " elle enfonça complètement
le vibromasseur dans l'anus de son mari. Le mouvement rotatif du vibromasseur
provoqua des lésions à plusieurs organes internes. Alex MIJTUS
mourut quelques heures plus tard des suites d'une hémorragie interne.
9. Debby MILLS-NEWBROUGHTON, 99 ans, mourut alors qu'elle traversait
la chaussée. La vieille dame allait avoir 100 ans le lendemain. Alors
que sa fille l'emmenait, dans sa chaise roulante, à une fête
organisée pour son anniversaire, elle fut heurtée par la camionnette
du pâtissier qui venait livrer son gâteau d'anniversaire.
8. Peter STONE, 42 ans, a perdu la vie par la faute de sa fille Samantha
âgée de 8 ans. La fillette avait été envoyée
au lit sans manger. Trouvant la mesure par trop injuste, Samantha estima
que son père n'avait pas non plus le droit de manger et versa une
grande quantité de "mort aux rats" dans son café.
Le père devait décéder après avoir avalé
une bonne gorgée du breuvage. Le juge estima que Samantha n'était
pas en âge de prévoir les conséquences de son acte et
lui infligea une peine assortie d'un sursis pour la totalité. Un
mois après un jugement contradictoire fut prononcé parce que
la fillette avait essayé d'assassiner sa mère de la même
7. Javier HALOS a été assassiné par son propriétaire
à l'aide d'une lunette de WC. HALOS n'ayant plus payé son
loyer depuis 8 ans, son propriétaire, Kirk WESTON, lui assena un
coup mortel avec la lunette du WC quand il se rendit compte depuis quand
son locataire ne l'avait plus payé.
6. Mummod FOLI, un jeune barman de 22 ans, a été abattu
par un gangster pour avoir, accidentellement, débarrassé trop
vite le verre de ce consommateur. Le gangster en était tellement
irrité qu'il obligea le barman à avaler 27 litres de Coca-Cola,
ce qui lui fut évidemment fatal.
5. Helena SIMMS, épouse du célèbre spécialiste
en sciences nucléaires Harold SIMMS, a été assassinée
par son mari quand celui-ci découvrit qu'elle avait une liaison amoureuse
avec leur voisin. Harold recouvrit les tubes d'ombre à paupières
de son épouse avec une solution à base d'uranium hautement
radioactive. Elle mourut 3 mois plus tard. Malgré le fait qu'Helena
SIMMS présentait de multiples symptômes physiques dont une
perte de poids, perte des cheveux et même d'un lobe d'oreille, elle
n'alla jamais consulter un médecin.
4.Le Sergent John Joe WINTER assassina son épouse infidèle
en bourrant son véhicule de TNT (Trinitrotoluène). Les 750
kilos d'explosifs furent mis à feu à distance par l'infortuné
mari. L'explosion fut si forte qu'elle fut perçue à 15 kilomètres
à la ronde. La voiture de la victime fut totalement pulvérisée
et on ne retrouva pas la moindre trace ni du véhicule ni du corps.
Par contre, un cratère de 55 mètres de profondeur sur 500
mètres de large s'était formé à l'endroit de
3. Michael LEWIS décida d'assassiner son partenaire homosexuel
après une dispute. Il drogua son ami Tony BERRY et lui mit sur les
épaules un grand panneau publicitaire blanc. D'un côté
du panneau était inscrit le texte "Death to all Niggers!"
et de l'autre côté " God loves the KKK ". Lewis conduisit
son ami dans les faubourgs de New York, à Harlem, et l'y abandonna.
Deux minutes plus tard, Tony BERRY avait perdu la vie.
2. Mary DRIDELY, Joseph COLES et Haven GILLIES moururent alors qu'ils
passaient devant un hôtel à New York. Ils furent tués
par David SMEE (7ans) et sa jeune soeur âgée de 6 ans. Les
deux enfants étaient restés seuls sans surveillance des parents
depuis plusieurs heures dans la chambre d'hôtel située au 27ième
étage de l'immeuble. Ils s'ennuyaient et décidèrent
d'essayer d'écraser " les petites fourmis qu'ils voyaient circuler
en bas ". Les enfants commencèrent à jeter des fruits
mais s'en prirent ensuite à différents objets de mobilier
dont des chaises et même des postes de télévision.
1. Et celle jugée la meilleure ?!? Gail QUEENS, 23 ans, a été
assassinée par son petit ami, Mathew KELLAWAY, parce qu'elle refusait
de faire l'amour. KELLAWAY était employé comme soigneur dans
un zoo et avait convié sa petite amie à venir assister au
repas des lions. Mathew KELLAWAY amena son amie dans un local vitré
d'où, lui avait-il garanti, elle aurait la meilleure vue sur le repas
des fauves. Tout à coup, la jeune fille aperçut des gens de
l'autre côté de la vitre. Elle frappa le verre en leur criant
qu'ils se trouvaient du mauvais côté de celle-ci. Quand elle
réalisa que c'était elle-même qui se trouvait du mauvais
côté, trois lions affamés furent lâchés
dans la pièce. Gail décéda deux jours plus tard dans
un hôpital des suites de ses nombreuses blessures.
Apres les Darwin Awards, voici les Stella Awards, aussi droles et
aussi farfelus (legendes urbaines? Juillet 2002):
En 1994, un jury du Nouveau-Mexique accorda 2,9 millions $ de dommage
et intérêts a Stella Liebeck, 81 ans, souffrant de brulures
aux troisième degré sur les jambes, le sexe et les fesses
apres s'être renversée une tasse de café McDonald sur
Ce cas inspira un "Prix Stella" annuel récompensant
les procès US les plus délirants. Les cas suivants sont de
sérieux candidats pour le prix, chacun versant dans le ridicule achevé,
mais, dans la tradition américaine, avec un bon avocat, on peut gagner
1. Janvier 2000. Un jury populaire du Texas accorda 780.000 $ à
Kathleen Robertson pour s'être foulée la cheville en trébuchant
sur un enfant en bas age courant entre les rayons d'un supermarché.
Les propriétaires du magasin furent considérablement surpris
par le verdict, considérant que le jeune trouble-fête était
le fils de Mme Robertson.
2. Juin 1998. Carl Truman, 19 ans, de Los Angeles, gagna 74.000 $ plus
frais médicaux lorsque son voisin roula sur sa main avec sa Honda
Accord. Mr Truman n'avait apparemment pas remarqué la présence
de son voisin au volant alors qu'il lui volait ses enjoliveurs.
3. Octobre 1998. Terrence Dickson, Pennsylvanie, quittait la maison qu'il
venait de cambrioler en passant par le garage. Incapable de ressortir, en
raison du malfonctionnement de la commande automatique de la porte du garage,
il ne put réintégrer la maison, le porte reliant la maison
au garage s'étant fermée à clé lorsqu'il l'avait
claquée. Les occupants de la maison étaient en vacances. Mr
Dickson se retrouva enfermé dans le garage pendant 8 jours. Il survécu
grace à un casier de Pepsi et un grand sac de nourriture pour chien
déshydratée. Il poursuivit les propriétaires de la
maison en justice, clamant la torture morale engendrée par la situation.
Le jury lui octroya un demi million de dollars.
4. Octobre 1999. Jerry Williams, Arkansas, gagna 14.500 $ plus frais
médicaux après avoir été mordu par le chien
de son voisin. Le chien était enchainé a la cloture intérieure
du jardin. Le montant accordé a Mr Williams fut moins élevé
que prévue car le jury estima que le chien avait peut-être
été un rien provoqué par Mr Williams qui lui tirait
dessus au fusil a plombs.
5. Mai 2000. Un restaurant de Philadelphia fut contraint de verser 113.500
$ a Amber Carson après qu'elle se soit cassée le coccyx en
glissant sur du soda. Le soda était sur le sol parce que Mlle Carson
l'avait envoyé à la tête de son petit ami 30 secondes
plus tôt au cours d'une dispute.
6. Décembre 1997. Kara Walton, Delaware, gagna son procès
contre une boite de nuit d'une ville voisine lorsqu'elle les poursuivit
car étant tombée par terre depuis la fenêtre des toilettes
elle s'était cassée 2 dents. Ceci étant arrivé
alors que Mlle Walton essayait de s'esquiver par la fenêtre pour éviter
de payer 3,50 $ de boisson. Le jury lui octroya 12.000 $ plus les frais
Et le gagnant est:
Merv Grazinski, d'Oklahoma City. En novembre 2000, Mr Grazinski acheta
un motor home Winnebago flambant neuf de 10 mètres de long. Lors
de son retour chez lui, s'étant engagé sur l'autoroute, il
lanca le véhicule à 110 km/h puis quitta le siège du
conducteur pour se préparer un café à l'arrière.
Evidemment, le motor home quitta la route et s'ecrasa plus loin après
une série de tonneaux. Mr Grazinski poursuivit Winnebago pour ne
l'avoir pas prévenu, via le guide de l'utilisateur, qu'il ne pouvait
pas faire ca. Il gagna 1.750.000 $ plus un nouveau motor home Winnebago
fit en plus changer son guide d'utilisation au cas ou d'autres parfaits
crétins acheteraient leurs véhicules.