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2007 Darwin Award Winners


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> Yes, it's again that magical time of the year when

> the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the

> least-evolved among us.

> And the glorious Winner for 2007 is:


> 1. When his 38-caliber 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, the Honorable Mentions:

> 2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger

> in a meat- cutting machine and 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 also lost a

> finger. The chef's claim was approved.



> 3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a sp

> ace for his car during a blizzard in Chicago

> returned with his vehicle 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, the driver 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 3 days.


> 5. A Texas teenager was in the hospital recovering

> from serious head woundsreceived 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 a gun

> and asked for all the cash in the register, which

> the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash

> from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the

> counter. The total amount of cash he got from the

> drawer: $15.


> 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 atthe window. The cinder

> block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on

> thehead, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store

> window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was

> caught on video tape.


> 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 was able to

> give them a detailed description of the snatcher.

> Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher.

> They put him in the car and drove backto 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 Arbor Michigan News crime column reported

> that a man walked intoa 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. The man,

> frustrated walked away.




> 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 at the

> scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a

> motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman

> said that the man admitted to trying tosteal

> gasoline and 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 had in a very long time.


> In the interest of bettering human kind please share

> these with your friends and family. Unless of course

> one of the 10 winners by chance is a distant

> relative or long lost friend. In that case be glad

> they are distant.

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