Just got these emailed. BLOWHOLE 2002 Darwin Award Nominee, Confirmed True June 2002, Hawaii | 18-year-old Daniel was vacationing with his family when he met three young women on a Hawaiian beach. Perhaps the company of the women addled his brain. Half an hour after meeting them, he was frolicking in a dangerous natural waterspout called the Halona Blowhole: a rock funnel formation that shoots seawater twenty feet into the air. A locked gate keeps people away from the stairs to the blowhole, and a warning sign proclaims, "Hazardous Conditions. Do Not Go Beyond This Point." A local comedian has placed a skull labeled "Boneyard Reef" on the warning sign. However, the area can be reach by climbing the rocks from beaches on either side. Witnesses said that Daniel walked right by them on his way to the blowhole, and they warned him to stay away. He kept going, climbing over the rocky shelves to reach the hole shortly before 3pm. He was overheard to say he wanted to feel the water hit his chest. Thirty seconds later his wish was granted. Dozens of people watched in amazement from a highway overlook while he straddled the blowhole, arms outstretched, laughing while spray washed over him. Then a large wave hit the rocks, and a blast of water launched him five feet into the air and dropped him headfirst into the blowhole According to firefighter Todd Hugo, who attempted to locate the body while tied to a safety rope, the blowhole narrows then opens up eight feet down. "You could tell when a wave was coming in. There was a kind of humming sound." Divers recovered Daniel's body the next day. It was the fourth time a victim has been swept into the blowhole since 1927. Two men died in 1969 and 1986, and one man survived in 1967. "I can't understand the mindset," said Fire Chief James Arciero. Daniel's female companions were seen being comforted by a young man wearing a T-shirt that read, "Every day, death is near." REFERENCE: Honolulu Advertiser one more SAW A GRENADE 2002 Darwin Award Nominee, Unconfirmed July 2002 | This story was told at a symposium dinner, by two Austrian pathologists who work together in Germany. A deceased male was brought to them for a post mortem. He had suffered severe head trauma. According to police reports, the man wanted to see how a German World War II hand grenade was constructed. His curiosity led him to clamp the grenade in a vise, and cut a thin band around the center with a circular saw, so that he would be able to crack open the two halves. Unfortunately, the man cut a little too deep, and detonated the grenade. The pathologists stated that the man had very little brain material when he was brought to them; however, they were not sure if that was a result of the explosion! Moral = use what little gray matter you may have.