• Yes, it's that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards (www.DarwinAwards.com) are bestowed, honouring the least evolved among us.

    Hereâs the glorious winner:

    1. When his 38-calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

    And now, honourable mentions:

    2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he too lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

    3. A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

    4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, he went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for three days.

    5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

    6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled out a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]

    7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

    8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman gave them a description of the snatcher. Minutes later, the police, apprehending him, drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

    9. The Ann Arbour News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because, he said, he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. Frustrated, the man, walked away. [*A FIVE-STAR STUPIDITY-AWARD WINNER]

    10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A spokesman said the man admitted trying to steal gasoline, but had plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

    Remember . . .
    They walk amongst us . . .

  • Yes, it&#039;s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards (www.DarwinAwards.com) are bestowed, honouring the least evolved among us.<br /> <br /> Hereâs the glorious winner: <br /> <br /> 1. When his 38-calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.<br /> <br /> And now, honourable mentions:<br /> <br /> 2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he too lost a finger. The chef&#039;s claim was approved.<br /> <br /> 3. A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.<br /> <br /> 4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, he went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn&#039;t discovered for three days.<br /> <br /> 5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.<br /> <br /> 6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled out a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]<br /> <br /> 7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he&#039;d just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.<br /> <br /> 8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman gave them a description of the snatcher. Minutes later, the police, apprehending him, drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, &quot;Yes, officer, that&#039;s her. That&#039;s the lady I stole the purse from.&quot;<br /> <br /> 9. The Ann Arbour News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because, he said, he couldn&#039;t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren&#039;t available for breakfast. Frustrated, the man, walked away. [*A FIVE-STAR STUPIDITY-AWARD WINNER]<br /> <br /> 10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A spokesman said the man admitted trying to steal gasoline, but had plugged his siphon hose into the motor home&#039;s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he&#039;d ever had.<br /> <br /> Remember . . . <br /> They walk amongst us . . . : Shorten, Share, Bookmark