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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


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

(30 May 2001, Hillsboro, Oregon) Ismael, 25, was driving a Toyota truck when he lost control of the vehicle, which careened into a mailbox, collided with a utility pole, and flipped onto its side, knocking down high-voltage power lines in the process. At that point, Ishmael climbed from the truck and into the path of evolution.

He surveyed the situation with a pair of pruning shears in his hand. Police speculate that he reached up to clip the snaking, arcing cable lying across his truck, and was electrocuted when the shears touched the 7500-volt cable. A medical examination found that the current traveled across his heart and out his left foot. He was found lying motionless, face-down on the power line, with a pair of pruning shears in his hands.
His dazed passenger survived, only to be arrested on an unrelated warrant.

When it rains…it pours.


At 4:55 AM, Blogger lime said...

ishmael's line would have to be, 'Call me Idiot.'

At 7:36 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

No doubt, huh? :D

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

I guess the compulsion was too great and he was powerless to stop himself.


At 10:07 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol, no need to duck, that was pretty damned funny.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Callie said...

The car could have rolled into a giant puddle ...

At 11:17 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ah, but then if the cables joined him in the water, he would have been stripped of his opportunity to make himself darwin-worthy. :D

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

oh man , where did he think the damned cable came from ? I mean they just don't hang from the sky ! hehe thanks for the laugh!

At 10:29 PM, Blogger For The Trees said...

What a shocking story! I'll bet he got a real charge out of that! I'm electrified with amazement!

I don't know where you found this, but it's priceless.


At 4:42 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Breazy, I can't imagine he was thinking at all. :D

Lol, Trees, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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

I'm usually very sympathetic to these Darwin winners, but I must say, I laughed myself silly on this one!

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