Wednesday, January 06, 2010

This year's Darwin Award - double winner

The Darwin Award is for a person who removes his genes from the future gene pool by stupidly killing himself. It should only apply to those of the child-bearing age. I don't know if they use that criterion. Seattle Times Newspaper: The winner for 2009 was a rare Double Darwin, says Wendy Northcutt of the Darwin Awards, and is awarded for a crime gone awry in Belgium. On Sept. 26, a pair of would-be thieves hatched a plan to withdraw cash from an ATM machine by using dynamite. "They overestimated the quantity of dynamite needed for the explosion," the citation notes dryly. "The blast demolished the building the bank was housed in." Rescue workers rushed one bomb burglar to the hospital, where he died on arrival. They assumed the second got away until finding his body in the rubble hours later. No one else was in the building at the time of the blast.

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