paralyzed diver

They dared him, he dove, he's paralyzed, he wins $76m lawsuit
It's a little more subtle than it looks, actually. The defendant dock company that employed the 20-yr-old might have instigated the dare, but maybe not. (The "facts" are unreliable because the dock company filed for liquidation bankruptcy and did not show up in court to challenge the plaintiff's version of facts. However, it could be that the plaintiff initiated the dare, himself, diving off a 10-ft platform into what he didn't realize was 1-ft of water.) Plus, the guy's really messed up. Orlando Sentinel [link from]
     Posted By: Chuck - Tue Jan 27, 2009

Either way a "dare" comes down to the individuals choice to go through with it or not - bottom line this guy chose to do something retarded and it's his own fault.
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/27/09 at 09:52 AM
I'm not sure, gettin' a bit long in the tooth but I can almost hear my old grandmother saying something like, "Look before you leap.".

Please tell me the guy is sterile and has no kids.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/27/09 at 10:29 AM
I agree Expat74. This guy is a Darwin Award Honorable Mention for sure.
Posted by Daryl on 01/27/09 at 10:33 AM
Nooooooooo! You can't reward Darwin Award HMs!! This is wrong! Winning the award should be enough for him! And from the pic, it seems he has kids. They look very happy.
Posted by BikerPuppy on 01/27/09 at 11:03 AM
How murky was the water that made this waste of sperm think it was deep?
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/27/09 at 11:07 AM
Wenthral - Sorry, I don't remember reading that in the story. That's what I get for doing this while I am supposed to be working.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/27/09 at 01:10 PM
There's an African proverb that says, "Only a fool tests the depth of water with two feet."

Or with one's face, I guess.
Posted by Kenneth on 01/27/09 at 01:29 PM
So a dare is legally admissable as a defense for idiocy now? I've got some lawsuits to file.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/27/09 at 02:22 PM
Wenthral - Then I take it back! 😏
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/27/09 at 02:43 PM
Why, I'm pretty sure he'd be entitled to triple the damages, martel! Triple-dog-damages, actually.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/27/09 at 05:00 PM
Crimey, patty!
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/28/09 at 01:28 PM
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