You have probably gotten the email, something like Re: This years Darwin Award winners. Well it had to come from somewhere, that somewhere is Darwin Awards. The Darwin Award is given to the individual who performs the dumbest stunt and gets killed by doing it, thus the slogan, “Honoring those who improve the species…by accidentally removing themselves from it!” I know lots of people that would fall under this unfortunately they are still alive.
The best has to be this account: (taken from darwin awards website)
Take a deep breath…
(3 June 2006, Florida) Two more candidates have thrown themselves into the running for a Darwin Award. The feet of Jason and Sara, both 21, were found protruding from a deflated, huge helium advertising balloon. Jason was a college student, and Sara attended community college, but apparently their education had glossed over the importance of oxygen.
When one breathes helium, the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream causes a rapid loss of consciousness. Some euthanasia experts advocate the use of helium to painlessly end one’s life. The pair pulled down the 8′ balloon, and climbed inside. Their last words consisted of high-pitched, incoherent giggling as they slowly passed out and passed into the hereafter.
Sheriff’s deputies said the two were not victims of foul play. No drugs or alcohol were found. The medical examiner reported that helium inhalation was a significant factor in their deaths. A family member said “Sara was mischievous, to be honest. She liked fun and it cost her.”