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When you need to learn from someone's else's stupidity what not to do in life, there are the Darwin awards for fools improving the genetic pool by eliminating themselves from it! An example:
Dope on a Rope
2004 Darwin Award Nominee
Confirmed True by Darwin
(16 February 2004, Simi Valley, California)
Alan, a 43-year-old electrician, was hanging out with his 17-year-old son and the son's girlfriend. They were feeling cooped up inside the house, so they hopped the back fence to play by the railroad tracks that ran behind it. Alan thought it would be a blast to watch a shopping cart being dragged by a train. He tied one end of a 20-foot rope to the shopping cart, and the other end to a full water bottle, as a weight.
When an 86-car Union Pacific freight train rumbled through at about 15 mph, Alan stood behind the cart and hurled the bottle at the train. The bottle broke!
So he tied another bottle to the rope. Standing in front of the cart, he lobbed the bottle under the train and gleefully noted that his plan worked this time--until the shopping cart whipped into him, and dragged him over a mile along the tracks, reportedly pulling up two spikes in the process.
According to a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration, this was "an extremely unusual occurrence." Alan was dead before the engineer could bring the train to a stop. His son told reporters, "He was just the funniest guy." After the incident, Simi Valley Police Sgt. Joe May warned pedestrians not to loiter near train tracks.