I found this on another site.........WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have a weak stomach, or have lost someone in death, you may not want to read this..........................
These are called the Darwin Awards.................................
5th RUNNER-UP: Goes to a San Anselmo, California man who died when he hit a lift tower at the Mammoth Mountain ski area while riding down the slope on a foam pad. The 22-year-old, David Hubal, was pronounced dead at Central 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 a lift tower, said Lt. 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 determined that the tower he hit was the one with its pads removed.
4th RUNNER-UP: Goes to Robert Puelo, 32, who was apparently being
disorderly in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call the
police, Puelo grabbed a hot dog, shoved it into his mouth and walked out without paying. Police found him unconscious in front of the store.
Paramedics removed the six-inch wiener from his throat where it had
choked him to death.
3rd RUNNER-UP: Goes to poacher Marino Malerba of Spain, who shot a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock and was killed instantly when it fell on him.
2nd RUNNER-UP: "Man loses face at party." A man at a West Virginia
party (probably related to last year's winner, a man in Arkansas who
used a .22 bullet to replace the fuse in his pickup truck) popped a
blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that
blew off his lips, teeth and tongue. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid,
bit the blasting cap as a prank during the party late Tuesday night,
said Cpl. M.D. Payne. "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 into his mouth, bit
down and it blew all his teeth out and his lips and tongue off", Payne
said. Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesperson at Charleston Area Medical Division. "I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that," Payne said.
1st RUNNER-UP: Doctors at Portland 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 (commonly known now as Stupid Mountain Men Anonymous) in Grants Pass, Oregon. A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered Robert's right eye. Doctors said
that had the arrow gone 1 millimeter to the left, a major blood vessel
would have been severed and Roberts would have died instantly.
Neurosurgeon Doctor Johnny Delashaw 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. Delashaw also said that had Roberts tried to pull
the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed himself. Roberts
admitted afterwards that 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.
And now, THIS YEAR'S WINNER: (The late) John Pernicky and his friend,
(the late) Sal Hawkins, of the great state of Washington, decided to attend a local Metallica concert at the George Washington amphitheater. Having no tickets (but having had 18 beers between them), they thought it would be easy to "hop" over the nine-foot fence and sneak into the show. They pulled their pickup truck over to the fence, and the plan was for Mr. Pernicky (who was 100 pounds heavier than Mr. Hawkins) to hop the fence and then assist his friend over.
Unfortunately for (the late) Mr. Pernicky, 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 (and
broken, along with his arm) by a large branch that snagged him by his
shorts. Dangling from the tree with a broken arm, he looked down and
saw some bushes below him. Possibly figuring the bushes would break his fall, he removed his pocket knife and proceeded to cut away his shorts to free himself from the tree. Finally free, Mr. Pernicky crashed into holly bushes. The sharp leaves scratched his entire body, and now,
without the protection of his shorts, a holly branch penetrated his
rectum. To make matters worse, on landing his pocket knife penetrated
Hawkins, seeing his friend in considerable agony, threw him a rope and
tried to pull him to safety by tying the rope to the pickup truck and
slowly driving away. However, in his drunken haste, he put the truck
into reverse and crashed through the fence, landing on his friend and
killing him. Police arrived to find the crashed pickup with its driver
thrown 100 feet from the truck and dead at the scene from massive
internal injuries. Upon moving the truck, they found John under it
half-naked, scratches everywhere, a holly branch in his rectum, a knife
in his thigh, and his shorts dangling from a tree branch 25 feet in the