View Full Version : OT: Darwin Awards

04-25-2005, 01:56 AM
Darwin Awards (http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=14028)

04-25-2005, 01:35 PM

That's hilarious! I copied & emailed it right away.

Barry Milton

04-25-2005, 02:18 PM
I think some of those nominees have been around a lot longer than 2004. They seem to get recycled every year.

04-25-2005, 02:36 PM
FENTON, Mich. (AP) - A Fenton man is among the 12 finalists in the Dodge Dakota Ultimate Guy contest. Chris MacIntosh was nominated by his wife, Amy, because of his macho approach to life. Last summer, MacIntosh accidentally put a power drill through his forearm while building a backyard deck. But he didn't go to a hospital. Instead, the lumber salesman put the drill in reverse, pulled it out, bandaged the wound and went back to work. MacIntosh called the injury a ''little boo-boo.'' Online voting continues through Friday, and Chrysler will announce the winner May 9. The grand prize is a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

04-25-2005, 03:08 PM
I ran a screwdriver through my thumb last week. I'd explain what I was doing, but then someone might nominate me. Went in at the knuckle joint and out at the tip of the thumb. Happened so fast that my reflex pulled it out as soon as I did it. I happened to be by the sink at the time, and just ran it under water until the Ouch subsided then my daughter bandaged me up. I remember thinking just moments before...that srewdriver is going to sli....I'm just now getting the feeling back in the pad of my left thumb. Thank God that screwdriver wasn't pointed at my chest or some other vital and useful organ, or I would have gone to the hospital. BTW, having a functioning left thumb is something you miss a lot. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif I'm fine now, really. No awards please.

04-25-2005, 03:08 PM
i remember in the local press when that lawyer in TO did that but it was 10 years ago at least. go to the darwin awards site, surprisingly http://www.darwinawards.com/

04-25-2005, 05:36 PM
Matt, I finally learned to cut away from myself using Xacto knifes. I still manage slice myself open with screwdrivers though. Man, those straight screwdrivers, they can make handy crow bars for plastic items that are glued together...

04-25-2005, 06:25 PM
A Klien 4" square shank screwdriver is the best oyster shucker you ever had in your hand.

A oyster knife will go right through your palm.


04-25-2005, 06:40 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Techtchr:
I remember thinking just moments before...that srewdriver is going to sli....</font>

Don't you just hate that. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

You thinking, this isn't really a clever thing to be doing. Then wham it happens and your left with two thoughts. One, damm that hurts and two, I wish I had stoped and taken the time to do this safely. Would have been a whole lot less trouble. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif

Then when you realise your not mortaly wounded you carry on as it was nothing. Perhaps thinking if someone see's what you just done to yourself you will get signed up for the darwin awards. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Live long and prosper.


04-25-2005, 07:56 PM
The winner, # 9 was the subject of a recent MythBusters TV episode. They tried and tried to get a 22 caliber bullet to go off by passing current through the casing, but it just wouldn't go off. They declared the myth officially BUSTED.


04-25-2005, 08:02 PM
Here is an aspiring Darwin candidate.
Note the bare feet, aluminum ladder and pool of water.



04-25-2005, 09:03 PM
I'm doubtful of the .22 episode too.

04-25-2005, 09:37 PM
Fixxit, did you watch the whole thing? They got it to go off time after time, they just had to short it and use thicker guage wire. I think over time the heat buildup would of set it off. They were just impatient and wanted it to go boom right away.

04-26-2005, 09:19 AM
I was at my side job an Saturday and a friend of one of the guys came in for a visit. His left index finger was completely bandaged. Turns out he was driving drywall screws and slipped. The tip went right through his finger. He bandaged it and went back to work.

The next day his hand looked like a boxing glove. He went to the hospital and they immediately sent him to the Union Memorial Hand Center. Turns out he had pnctured the sheath that a tendon runs through and had inserted Strep bacteria in there. He was in the hospital for 4 days with an antibiotic iv in his arm. Somebody from Fort Detrick even came to visit him because of the infection.

Get to the hospital for injuries like that. I would hate to see anybody die or have an amputation because they said, "It'll be allright..."

Andy Pullen

04-26-2005, 10:35 AM
Thanks, I haven't had a good laugh in days!!!

This is what I like about you guys. I work alone and kind of miss out on the water cooler scene.

Greg C.

Paul Gauthier
04-26-2005, 11:45 AM
No 5 has been around for many years and is in fact an "urban legend". Read it an you notice that there is reference to an "article" but no mention of what media the article was in, no location, state town or country, no name. Never happened.

Paul G.