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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


It’s that’s time again. Yes, Wednesday means we are ready for another installment of The Darwin Awards. Enjoy…

(22 November 1980, Missouri) The Gateway Arch soars 630 feet above the city of St. Louis. Around 9 a.m., a technician entering the park's interpretive center saw an object falling down the north leg of the arch. The object turned out to be Kenneth, 33, who was trying to impress his wife on her birthday.
His plan was to parachute onto the top of the arch. It didn't bother Kenneth that the park service had turned down his request for permission to jump. Kenneth had already made over 1,600 jumps. He knew what he was doing. And a true daredevil never needs permission.
The day dawned with howling winds and bitter cold. The weather would have given most parachutists second thoughts about making a jump. But Kenneth had psyched himself up by watching a documentary on parachute daredevils, and Kenneth knew what he was doing.
He left his wife a note asking her to come and photograph his triumph. At 8:55 a.m. he leapt from a light plane and soared successfully to the top of the monument. He had conquered the Gateway Arch, with his wife watching from the ground!
He grabbed onto the aircraft warning light, to steady himself against the raging wind. The first part of the plan had gone perfectly. Of course it had, Kenneth knew what he was doing. Now came the harder part: getting down.
The arch is hollow, with a viewing area inside, just beneath Kenneth's feet. Perhaps he was looking for a trap-door into the arch, but there was no trap-door. A gust of wind caught his deflated parachute and threw him off balance. He began sliding down the north leg of the arch. About halfway down, he tried to deploy his backup parachute, but it failed.
Another gust caught his parachute and blew him off the arch. He fell the rest of the way, landing head-first in the terrazzo below. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital about one hour after performing his last jump.
And that's what comes from thinking you know what you're doing.


At 9:02 AM, Blogger bsoholic said...

Kenneth knew what he was doing, he was clearing the world of another dumbass! Hahahaha!

At 10:21 AM, Blogger lime said...

do these people have enough brain cells to form a synapse???? i guess not

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

wow , how stupid can you get ! I think that somewhere along the way common sense should kick in with some of these people and they should be hearing a small voice that says " what are the risks here , will it be my life ?" Great post !

At 4:33 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Yes, it is people like this that are doing us a favor by ending it early. Idgets...

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Did his wife get everything on tape?

At 12:35 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ewww.... I hope not! :D


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