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Life (Death) Hack

British lady tried out a life hack she read about on Facebook with unfortunate results.The suggestion was to lay the toaster on its side to make cheese on toast instead of grilling it. The idea back fired nearly destroying her kitchen before fire fighters arrived to put out the blaze. Life Hack: Using a toaster on its side to make cheese toast. Result: Epic Fail!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Nov 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Food

Flying Cows

When I started researching my latest article, I figured that most of the alleged cases of people hit by flying cows were probably urban legends. But now I've concluded that, although there is one famous flying-cow urban legend (involving a Japanese fishing boat being sunk by a cow falling out of the sky), people actually do get hit by flying cows pretty regularly.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Alex

The Hambone Award

Nationwide Insurance has created the "Hambone Award" which, for the past five years, it's been giving to the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year. It seems to be like a Darwin Awards for animals, except they only give awards to animals that recover from their mishaps, not the ones that die. (Are Darwin Awards given to animals? I'm not sure.)

The Hambone Award was named after a "dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to find him."

The most recent winner is Curtis, a 5-year-old Boxer, who ate an entire BBQ skewer during a birthday party. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors couldn't find the skewer. It was only a year later, when he was taken back to the doctor because he still wasn't feeling well, that surgeons found the skewer, which had become a "baseball-sized mass" encapsulated by the body, located between the dog's stomach and pancreas.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 16, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests


Mom of the year saw a spider on her shoulder so she jumped out of her moving car (yes she was driving) with her 9 year old son in the back seat. The boy climbed over the seat and tried to get the vehicle stopped. Unfortunately he hit the gas by mistake and rammed a school bus.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Sep 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Insects, Can't Possibly Be True

Kite Boarding

Also known as kite surfing Is a popular if dangerous sport. It combines surfing with getting blown around while flying a kite. The main problem with it, as far as I can see, is not so much the flying/surfing as it is the starting and stopping. Another place for Darwin-esque culling of the herd to take place.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Sep 05, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Fads, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Recreation

Something Smells Fishy

Some things are so perfect you could not make them up. A woman driving a Cooper Mini was so distracted because she was masturbating that she rear ended a seafood truck. TA DA!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jul 17, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Fish, Sex

Third Time’s A Charm

Trucker hits 3, count 'em, 3 overpasses with the crane he's hauling before he stops. I guess 2 wasn't enough and 4 would have been overkill.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups

Nudist Lost In Woods

A man staying at a nudist camp in the Poconos got lost in the woods. He was missing from some time Monday to Wednesday evening. Three days. Nude. In the woods. Bet it wasn't the vacation he planned.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri May 15, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Body, Nudism

Smoking Is Deadly

If you are going to haul gun powder around on the front seat of your car then perhaps DON'T light a cigarette. Or better yet, don't haul gun powder around at all. Darwin Award averted for now.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Apr 14, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Explosives

Giant Ice Cube with Man Inside


This has been a rough winter here in the Northeast, but I don't think we've had an instance yet like this one from 1906.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 05, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Death, Nature, 1900's
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