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Darwin Awards

Updated on October 15, 2012

A "Vintage" Darwin Story

This story is "UNCONFIRMED" (it's just circulated as a conversational tidbit) by Darwin - 1982 Darwin Award winner--

Cactus Crunch:

February 1982, Arizona...

The state of Arizona finally had to declare the sport of cactus shooting as a FELONY. Apparently, desert marksmen aim fire onto Saguaro "cacti" so frequently that Arizona had to re-classify the sport in order to try and dissuade marksmen from taking shots at the cacti. (Guns are dangerous to all forms of life, and not just cactus plants).

The new law didn't stop marksman, like David - a 27 year old, considered a sharp-shooter. Now, David tried to impress some friends in '82 with his sharp-shooting, and opened fire on a Saguaro.

The decision and action killed David!

No, he didn't have equipment problems...his gun didn't misfire...

...his shots were bang-on, so-to-speak.

David was killed when the cactus fell on him.

Apparently, he fired two shots at a 27-foot cactus. The bullets hit their mark, but David was only able to utter the first syllable of, "Tim-ber!" before a 23-foot chunk of Saguaro fell on him and crunched him underneath its sharp, prickly skin.

* This story confirmed by someone who called in to a Rochester, New York radio station by the name of Radio-Free Wease. The caller claimed that the incident happened "years ago" back in '82 when he lived in Arizona.....blah blah blah

Darwin Award Nominee - Checking fuel tank using lighter

Arkansas 1996: Frog Giggin' Accident

This story unconfirmed by Darwin...

Won 1998 Darwin Award

Frog Giggin Accident In Arkansas, 1996: A pair of locals were seriously injured early Monday morning. The two men were driving on state highway 38 near Cotton Patch when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree. Deputy Dovey Snider of Woodruff County confirmed details and reported on the incident shortly after midnight on Monday.

Billy Ray Wallis, aged 38, of Little Rock, along with 33 year old Des Arc resident, Thurston Poole are listed in serious condition at Baptist Medical Centre.

Apparently, the accident happened after a frog giggin trip and as the men were returning to Des Arc.


Not quite Darwin... let's say "Stupidity Awards," okay?


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    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      There are some Darwinesque moments from IFOs too (idiots from Ohio). IFFs (idiots from Florida), etc. Thanks for funny stuff!

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I'm glad you're not reading so much garbage horror stuff before bedtimes anymore, Beth100 - that stuff will give you the nightmares. Honestly, I dont know why people write that stuff lol

      :) Okay - well I know why, but it's NOT so people read it just before bedtime and give themselves nightmares. Ya gotta read that stuff during daylight hours... or and up on Darwin Awards and funny hubs just prior to bedtime.

    • Beth100 profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      The Darwin Awards - the best laugh around! Talking about FAIL in neon lights! Thanks for the chuckles (much better than the nightmares from Final Girl "Beth" last night)! lol

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hey Jule Romans - thx for the comments. I'm glad your husband will read and enjoy the Darwin Awards (can we call it 'literature'? lol) "stuff." There are some real jaw-drop stories out there. I've been hearing the cactus story for over a decade and usually people come to me, saying, "Omigosh I just found out something awful about cactuses - I needed to come and warn you about..."

      Sometimes I let them tell the whole legend, but occassionally, I answer, "warn me about spiders in cactus plants?" The latter is sort of deflating for others, so usually I listen and take notes - in case the 'legend' has changed lol

    • Jule Romans profile image

      Jule Romans 

      8 years ago from United States

      I enjoy the Darwin awards. Cactus death- very funny. The way you built up to it was good, too.

      My husband, who hates to read, loves his Darwin awards book.

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hi habee - glad you liked the silly stories. If you want to really kill a half a day, visit the Darwin Awards site! Make sure you're not supposed to be doing something that day tho' lol

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      These are great!

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Thanks Chris - Merry Christmas to you to - no frog giggin' on this merry day, eh?

    • chrismarva profile image


      8 years ago

      We’ve all done some dumb shit, but most of us know when to get out of the way. Great hub. Merry Christmas.... Chris

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      dahoglund, when prompt service is not forthcoming at a burger joint and one is extremely hungry - is this not an emergency situation or what?

      Enelle Lamb - "Frog Giggin" is frog hunting!

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      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Ok - you got me - what exactly is a "frog gigging" trip?

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      darwin awards have a certain fascination. The same thing is reflected in people who call 911 for such things as not liking the service at a hamburger shop.


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