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Wednesday, May 03, 2006


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

(1986, United Kingdom) In 1986 the UK saw its most violent storm in 350 years. Winds exceeded 90 mph, and an incredible amount of damage was done to property and people up and down the UK. Millions of trees were uprooted by the gales.
In Margate in the county of Kent, one unfortunate homeowner had a property bordered by three massive poplars. The wind had felled one, which came to rest across his back garden. Another poplar had been bent over just far enough to lodge its top under the soffit of his roof. The foliage was blocking his upstairs bedroom windows, and something had to be done.
This chap did not own a chainsaw, nor could he reach the trunk of the tree from the house, even when leaning out the window. So he decided to shinny up and saw off the top while sitting astride the trunk, with his feet wedged against the gutter of his roof. He had plenty of time to reflect on the wisdom of his position, as it took him 20 minutes of sawing before the bent tree, which experts estimate held the energy equivalent to small field gun--parted company with the portion trapped by the soffit, and sprang back upright.
His body was found in a neighbor's garden over a mile away. The police surgeon stated that his neck probably broke during the whiplash and he would therefore have known nothing of the impact with the ground.


At 5:17 AM, Blogger Robin said...

This is one of the "best" ones yet.

He flew a mile? That's just crazy.

I'll so be telling this one at parties.

Thanks, James. :)

At 5:48 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Indeed, I probably will too. Wait, everyone I know will probably have already read it here. Damn...


At 5:49 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

hehe! I love Dar Wednesdays. Stupid people's stories seem to get me through the rest of the week ! :)

Sorry I haven't been over here much lately but things are a bit hectic here and will remain so for another 15 days , then my kids get out of school for summer , I can't wait ! :)

At 6:05 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

It's all good, Breazy. I will still be here when life calms down. :D

At 7:24 AM, Blogger lime said...

holy shit! that is incredible!

At 10:41 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

No doubt, huh?

At 12:55 PM, Blogger snavy said...

I can't stop laughing!! I feel horrible but it's so funny!!!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, no need to feel horrible. People this stupid deserve to be laughed at.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Man, think you could talk some of my enemies into giving that move a try? LOL! Talk about STUPID!

At 6:40 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

We can always try...


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