This Year's Darwin Award Winner

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This Year's Darwin Award Winner

Post by Jahfin »

The Darwin Awards are awarded every year to the persons who died in
the most stupid manner, thereby removing themselves from the gene
pool. This year's winner:

[Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:

Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and
struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38. Woodruff County
deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight.
Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little
Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog gigging trip on an
overcast Sunday night when Poole's pickup truck headlights

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. Upon
inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly,
and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.

After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the
river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged, and struck
Poole in the testicles.

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 extensive surgery to repair the damage to
his testicles, which will never operate as intended. 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 10 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

(Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their
misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it
can be argued that Poole DID, in fact, effectively remove himself
from the gene pool.)

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Post by jollymon345 »

My crap detector is going off on this one. It sounds like a made up story from The Onion or something.

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Post by Jahfin »

jollymon345 wrote:My crap detector is going off on this one. It sounds like a made up story from The Onion or something.
Just found out it is indeed a hoax:

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Post by OhioFruitcake »

Check out Mythbusters on Discovery. They tried to duplicate this "myth" and were unable to in an unmodified vehicle. When they rewired the car for a direct short using high capacity wire they were able to get the .22 shell to fire. They also searched for vehicles that a shell placed in the fuse box would shoot at the driver, and they could only find one, which I forgot the exact model, but was an older model import mini pick up.

Episode 10: Explosive Decompression, Frog Giggin', Rear Axle
Jamie and Adam get trigger-happy trying to shoot down myths regarding firearms. First, they fire a bullet into the shell of an aircraft to find out if a single shot can cause explosive decompression — and total aircraft destruction. Speaking of heavy artillery, they'll test the story of two hunters who claim to have used a loaded .22 caliber gun cartridge as a replacement fuse in a car's ignition. Will the experiment backfire? Finally, they take on a movie myth when they try to rip a car off its rear axle. What could possibly go wrong?

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Post by ph4ever »

Even though it is a hoax it does sound like some of the people I've known from Arkansas..... :-? :lol:
Well...(said in my best Bubba voice) I've been on sabbatical.

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