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Idiots of the year
Number One Idiot of 2003
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control center. Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter
ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants. I told her that she better
bring her daughter into the Emergency
room right away.
Here's your sign, lady. Wear it with pride.
Number Two Idiot of 2003
Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to
life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out
the plane and home. Shortly after they took it for a float on the
they noticed a Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them. It turned
that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that
activated when the raft
was inflated. They are no longer employed at Boeing.
Here's your sign, guys. Don't get it wet the paint might run.
Number Three Idiot of 2003
A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the
and wrote "this iz a stikkup. Put all your muny in this bag." While
standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to
that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police
he reached the teller's window. So he left the Bank of America and
the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in
he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and,
from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the
told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was
on a Bank
of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a
Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America. Looking somewhat
defeated, the man said, "OK" and left. He was arrested a few minutes
later, as he was waiting in line back at Bank of America.
Don't bother with this guy's sign. He probably couldn't read it
Number Four Idiot of 2003
A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that
his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in
mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he
the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he
a letter from the police that contained another picture, this time of
handcuffs. He immediately mailed in his $40.
Another sign (though this guy might be onto something worth thinking
Number Five Idiot of 2003
A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all
the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag,
robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the
shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the
refused and said, "Because I don't believe you are over 21."The robber
he was, but the clerk still
refused to give it to him because he didn't believe him. At this
the robber took his driver's license out of his wallet and gave it to
clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact
21 and he put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store
with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the
and address of the robber that he got off the icense. They arrested the
robber two hours later.
This guy definitely needs a sign.
Idiot Number Six of 2003
A pair of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously waving
revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner
the startled first bandit shot him.
This guy doesn't need a sign he probably figured it out himself.
Idiots of 2003 - Honorable Mention
Arkansas: Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided
he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some
booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his
at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief
the head, knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window
made of Plexi-Glass. The whole event was caught on videotape.
Oh, that smarts. Give him his sign!
From the Darwin Awards
Hard to believe, but another year has passed ... (For those who don't know about it, the Darwin Awards are awarded every year to the person(s) who died in the stupidest way, thereby removing him or herself from the gene pool...)
The Nominees Are:
NOMINEE No. 1: [San Jose Mercury News] An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.
NOMINEE No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette] James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, Michigan, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns "wrapped in the drive shaft!"
NOMINEE No. 3: [Hickory Daily Record] Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton, NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson .38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear.
NOMINEE No. 4: [UPI, Toronto] Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Gary Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to visiting law students. Hoy had previously conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawyers, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was one of the "best and brightest" members of the 200-man association".
NOMINEE No. 5: [Bloomberg News Service] A terrible diet and room with no ventilation are being blamed for the death of a man who was killed by his own gas. There was no mark on his body but an autopsy showed large amounts of methane gas in his system. His diet had consisted primarily of beans and cabbage (and a couple of other things). It was just the right combination of foods. It appears that the man died in his sleep from breathing the poisonous cloud that was hanging over his bed. Had he been outside or had his windows been opened, it wouldn't have been fatal. But the man was shut up in his near-airtight bedroom. According to the article, "He was a big man with a huge capacity for creating "this deadly gas." Three of the rescuers got sick and one was hospitalized.
NOMINEE No. 6: ["News of the Weird"] Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had spent several years awaiting South Carolina's electric chair on a murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell and attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.
NOMINEE No. 7: ["The Indianapolis Star"]. A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk, Indiana. A Jay County man using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzle loader was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home about 11:30 p.m. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle loader that had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder ignited.
NOMINEE No. 8: [Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario] A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheeled chair when the accident occurred, said Inspector Arcy Honer of the Peel Regional police. "It appears the chair moved and he went over the balcony," Honer said.
AND FINALLY: (now, these two guys don't count because they aren't dead yet, but this is a goodie, nonetheless) [Arkansas Democrat Gazette] Two local men were seriously injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday morning. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock are listed in serious condition at Baptist Medical Center. The accident occurred as the two men were returning to Des Arc after a frog-gigging trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole's pick-up truck headlights malfunctioned. The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the 22-caliber bullet from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering wheel column. After inserting the bullet, the headlights again began to operate properly and the two men proceeded toward the White River Bridge. After traveling about 20 miles and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the right testicle. The vehicle swerved sharply right exiting the pavement and striking a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident, but will require surgery to repair the other wound. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off or we might both be dead" stated Wallis. "I've been a trooper for ten years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder. Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia, Poole's wife asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck. (Way to go, Lavinia.)