Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Automotive Darwin Awards

I have always had a fondness for the Darwin Awards, the ridiculous means by which people remove themselves from the gene pool. The Truth About Cars has a version of this "contest" involving cars. Witness the following:

The telephone company had been burying lines. To allow traffic to pass, they dug up half the road at a time and put up warning barriers with flashing lights to direct traffic to the safe side. After they laid the cable half way, they’d fill in that side and then do the same on the other side. Pranksters had moved the flashing lights to the good side of the road.

Speeding late at night and way over the legal blood alcohol limit, [two] ranch hands drove straight into the hole and died. Because of the moved lights the Sheriff’s accident analysis turned into a criminal matter. Crime scene analysis of tire tracks and footprints on the dirt road revealed that the pranksters were the ranch hands themselves, on their way to the bar.

Yup. Too stupid to breed.