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Wednesday, January 18, 2006


It’s time for another addition of The Darwin Awards .

(31 May 2003, Indiana) Tamar came all the way from New York with her husband-to-be for the annual Stark Raven Mad Event at the Splashin' Safari, where members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts planned to rendezvous on Memorial Day weekend. The 32-year-old eagerly looked forward to riding the Raven, later described by Spencer County Prosecutor Jon Dartt as "one of the world's most terrifying roller coasters."
Tamar planned what coaster enthusiasts call "catching airtime," standing up during the ride to show bravery. The park staff warned the "spirited and intelligent" Harvard MBA, along with the rest of the group, to leave her seat belt buckled. "Don't mess with our safety equipment." Tamar's seat belt and lap bar restraint were in place when the train left the station. But you can't catch airtime that way.
As the train swooped over the precipice into the "infamous drop" on the fifth turn at 60 mph, where the G-forces are notoriously skyward, Tamar unlatched her seat belt and stood up. The train dropped, but Tamar didn't. She caught good air until she landed on the ground, 69 feet below.
All I can say is…wow!

Have a great day.


At 8:55 AM, Blogger bsoholic said...

D'OH! The whole idea for "catching air-time" on a roller coaster sounds a bit idiotic. They make thouse safety features for a reason. lol!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger lime said...

and this was a harvard MBA sttudent........what does that say about the quality of harvard admissions students and staff?

At 2:41 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Brandon, indeed they are.

Lime, I don't think it can be a good reflection...

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...

You know, that story makes me feel pretty darned good about myself. I may not be an MBA and I may not have a Harvard ejumacation and I may be unemployed for the time being... but I'm not a slice of Pavement Pizza.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ah, Lisa, I think that is why I enjoy posting these so much. Any stupidity we may have indulged in, usually pales in comparison with these mental midgets.


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