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Wednesday, June 07, 2006


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards. This time we are taking a little journey in the “Way Back Machine” to visit some dumb asses participants who died before knowing there even was a Darwin Award. Enjoy…

(5 November 1605, England) In the early hours of a wintry London night, authorities discovered Guy Fawkes sitting by a pile of gunpowder in the cellar of the Houses of Parliament. King James I was scheduled to attend Parliament when it convened later that day, and he was not pleased by this demonstration of disrespect by his subjects.
A manhunt was started for Fawkes' fellow conspirators, 14 people in all led by Brian Caton.
A few days later the plotters were brought to earth in a house in Buxton and a gunfight ensued. Unfortunately there was a driving rain and the gunpowder of the cornered men was too wet to fire properly. So they spread the gunpowder on the floor in front of the fire to dry. Guess what happened when a burning ember spat out from the fire and landed on the drying powder?
Needless to say, the survivors of the explosion and the incoming gunfire were captured, and hanged and beheaded for treason.


At 6:49 AM, Blogger lime said...

ah stupidity thru the ages...are the dumb asses...erm...participants getting dumber as time goes by do you think?

At 3:48 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Oh, indeed I do... :D

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

You know, I think they still celebrate Guy Fawkes day, don't they? I know I've heard something about this.

Talk about going out with a, ahem, bang.
(I know, I know. And blogger was being so pissy I had to wait to say it too.)

At 8:48 PM, Blogger snavy said...

I always dry my gunpowder in front of the fire. Who knew??

At 4:39 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol, Sandra. At least blogger is cooperating now. :D

Snavy, no doubt, huh? Sometimes I dry mine on the stove. I've been debating whether or not I should dry it in the microwave. Yeah, I think I will give that a shot! :D

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