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Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Set aside your pity and enjoy this for what it really is: A celebration of the thinning of the heard. That’s right; It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards. I’ve selected another story involving fun with electricity. Enjoy…

(1982, Texas) At the Amarillo Fairgrounds, some buildings were in need of a coat of paint, so local contractors were hired to do the job.

Between the buildings was an angled culvert, designed to drain rainwater away from the buildings. Because of the slope, the wheeled painter scaffolding tended to roll downhill, so the painters removed the wheels on the scaffolding. They were in the process of moving the scaffolding, when the metal structure met a transformer. The painters were killed.

The story made the headlines. The town was abuzz with talk of the tragedy, how it had come to pass, and whether the city was liable for damages. The city officials decided they needed to conduct an investigation.

With much fanfare, they arrived at the scene of the incident, prepared to personally recreate the circumstances. Two officials grabbed the scaffolding in the exact same location as the two painters, began to move the scaffolding... and were promptly electrocuted.


At 5:31 AM, Blogger lime said...

yeah, i have zero pity for the recreators there. dumb beyond words.

At 5:43 AM, Blogger For The Trees said...

Shocking, James, Just Shocking!! You'd think they've have had more sense in Amarillo, but nooooooo. It's hard to tell a Texan what to do, or how to do it. That's why so many of them die just after calling out to their buddies, "HEY! Lookit THIS!!"

No, I CAN say that. I'm a Texan, I've seen it all too often.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, Lime. It takes a special kind of person to recreate a an accident to such minute detail.

Nice pun, Forrest.

We have quite a few Texans that work with us, but I've only heard a few of them utter the dreaded "Hey! Lookit this" :D

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

OMG. Can we say dumb?

At 11:53 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

I think they should invent a new word for this level of stupity. :D

At 2:52 PM, Blogger snavy said...

Sorry...I can't stop laughing.

At least they didn't conduct a second experiment to determine went wrong during the first experiment. Otherwise they would have had a darwin award's hat trick.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Would that be a Double Darwin? :D

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