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Friday, December 30, 2005

The Darwin Awards

It’s that time again. The Darwin Awards has several offerings for our enjoyment this week, but I settled on a topic that is both a source of irritation and income for me: The Cell Phone. Enjoy…

(20 January 2004, Ventnor, New Jersey) A high school student accidentally dropped his cell phone from the Dorset Avenue Bridge on a wintry Sunday. Fortunately the river had iced over, so the phone landed on the ice, apparently intact. To a dedicated cell-phone user, losing the phone can be like losing an appendage, And what loyal friend would not try to retrieve your arm or leg if it had somehow fallen off a bridge and landed on thin ice? The survival of our species depends on mutual support.
So on Tuesday, Bruce, 17, volunteered to fetch the phone. He figured the ice, which was only an inch thick in places, was strong enough to hold him for the rescue mission. Another friend urged Bruce to give up and go back to shore. "I can do it," Bruce insisted. A bridge attendant also warned him to stay off the ice, but, as his mother explained, "It's just something Bruce would have done."

The attendant rushed to his post to call the police. He was on the phone when a bystander told him that someone had fallen in. A police officer arrived at the scene a moment later to find Bruce partially submerged in the 35-degree water. The officer dashed to his car for a rescue buoy. When he returned, Bruce had already gone under. His body was recovered the next morning.
He did not die in vain. The cell phone was recovered.

(10 February 2004, New York) Exactly three weeks later, 18-year-old Lina, of Queens, New York, jumped onto the subway tracks to retrieve her new $80 cell phone just as the V train was rounding the corner into the Grand Ave.-Newtown station in Elmhurst. She apparently expected to hop right back up onto the platform, five feet above the tracks, but after two attempts, she was still stuck. As the lights of the oncoming train shone in the tunnel, two men tried to pull her up, but she was knocked out of their hands as the train rushed into the station, emergency brakes squealing. She died instantly.

The funny thing is that I bet both of these were those free phones that you get when you sign up for a plan.

7 Comments:

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

you are probably right about the free phones . I have a cell and I do get some really important calls but I also carry insurance on my phone and can have it replaced in minutes . Happy New Year Goody !

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Speechless.

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger lime said...

gads......

 
At 4:10 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

Vote you "Least Likely to Win the Darwin," James.
Best Year to you and your family and many, many joys.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

thanks, Bernita. You too...

 
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