Hooray it's Darwin Day...

Every year THE DARWIN AWARDS are held in America and an award is given to bestow upon that individual (or his remains), who through single-minded self-sacrifice, has done the most to remove undesirable elements from the human gene pool.

You may remember last year a wanna-be pilot won it for tying large helium balloons to his garden chair and armed with a six pack of miller light, launched himself into the air. Before he realised he had no control over the vehicle's altitude or direction he found him self floating over the ocean where he was rescued by military helicopter and arrested for the obstruction of air-space.   He had suffered days of severe cold hunger and thirst.

Anyway Here's this years run down.....

5th Runner Up:  A San Anselmos, CA man died yesterday when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad, authorities said.  Matthew Hubal, 22, was pronounced dead at Centinela Mammoth Hospital.  The accident occurred about 3 a.m., the Mono County Sheriff's department said.  Hubal and his friends apparently had hiked up a ski run called Stump Alley and undid some yellow foam protectors from the lift towers, said Lieutenant Mike Donnelly of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.  The pads are used to protect skiers who might hit the towers.  The group apparently used the pads to slide down the ski slope and Hubal crashed into a tower.  It has since been investigated that the tower he hit was the one with its pad removed.

4th Runner Up:  Poacher, Marino Malerba of Spain, who shot a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock, was killed instantly when it fell on him.

3rd Runner Up:  Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly in a St. Louis market.  When the clerk threatened to call police, Puelo grabbed a hot dog, shoved it in his mouth, and walked out without paying for it. Police found him unconscious in front of the store; paramedics removed the 6 inch wiener from his throat, where it had choked him to death.

2nd Runner Up:  Man Loses Face at Party.  A man at a West Virginia party popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth and tongue, State police said Wednesday. Jerry Stromeyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday night.  Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery and was trying to explode it.  "It wouldn't go off and this guy said, "I'll show you how to set it off."   He put it in his mouth and bit down, blasting away his facial regions and parts of his mouth.  Stromeyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesman at Charleston Area Medical Division "I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that."

1st Runner Up:  Doctors at Portland's University Hospital said an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky to be alive, and will be released soon from the hospital.  Tony Roberts, 25, lost his right eye last weekend during an initiation into a men's rafting club, Mountain Men Anonymous, In Grants Pass, Oregon.  A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered Roberts right eye.   Doctors said had the arrow gone 1 millimetre to the left, a major blood vessel would have been cut and Roberts would have died instantly.   Dr. Johnny Dalashaw at the University Hospital in Portland said the arrow went through 8 to 10 inches of brain, with the tip protruding at the rear of his skull, yet somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels.   Had Robert tried to pull the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed himself.  Roberts admitted afterwards, he and his friends had been drinking that afternoon.  Said Roberts, "I feel so dumb about this".  No charges have been filed but the Josephine County district attorney's office said the initiation stunt is under investigation.

THE WINNERS:  John Pernicky and his friend, Sal Hawkins, of the great state of Washington, who decided to attend a local Metallica concert at the Amphitheatre at Gorge, AS.  Having no tickets (but 18 beers among them) they thought it would be easy enough to hop over the 9 foot high fence and sneak into the show.  The 2 friends pulled their pickup truck over to the fence and the plan was for John - 100 pounds heavier than Sal - to hop over, and then assist his friend over the fence.   Unfortunately for John, there was a 30 foot drop on the other side of the fence.   Having heaved himself over, he found himself crashing through a tree.   His fall was abruptly halted by a large branch which snagged him by his shorts.  Dangling from the tree, with one arm broken, John looked down and saw a group of bushes below him.  Possibly figuring the bushes would break his fall, John removed his pocket knife and proceeded to cut away his shorts to free himself from the tree.  Finally free, John crashed below into Holly bushes.  The sharp leaves scratched his entire body and now being without his shorts, he was the unwilling victim of a holly branch penetrating his rectal cavity.  To make matters worse, his pocket knife proceeded to fall with him and landed 3 inches into his left thigh.   Seeing his friend in considerable pain and agony, Sal decided to throw him a rope and pull him to safety by tying the rope to the pickup truck and slowly driving away.  However, in his drunken stupor, Sal put the truck into reverse rather than first, and crashed through the fence, landing on and killing his friend.  Sal was thrown from the truck, suffered massive internal injuries and died at the scene.  Police arrived to find a pickup truck with its driver thrown 100 feet from the truck.   Upon moving the truck they found John under it, half naked, with scratches, a holly stick up his rectum, a knife in his thigh and his shorts dangling from the tree branches 25 feet in the air.   Congratulations, gentlemen...