When Everything Goes Wrong

Darwin Awards - At-Risk SurvivorsThanks to Sorrel Forsey-Anderson for posting this on Facebook.

Clearly, this chap wasn’t the winner of a Darwin Award as he survived to tell the tale but he did get a mention as an ‘At-Risk Survivor’.  And it’s not too difficult to see why.  Anyway, on with the story;

A man was working on his motorcycle on the patio, his wife nearby in the kitchen.  While sitting on the bike and racing the engine, the motorcycle accidentally slipped into gear.  The man, still holding onto the handlebars, was dragged along as it burst through the glass patio doors. His wife, hearing the crash, ran into the room to find her husband cut and bleeding, the motorcycle, and the shattered patio door. She called for an ambulance and, because the house sat on a fairly large hill, went down the several flights of stairs to meet the paramedics and escort them to her husband.

While attendants were loading her husband, the wife managed to right the motorcycle and push it outside.  She also quickly blotted up the spilled gasoline with some paper towels and tossed them into the toilet.

A picture of a man smoking on the toiletAfter being treated and released, the man returned home, looked at the shattered patio door and damage done to his motorcycle.  He went into the bathroom and consoled himself with a cigarette while attending to his business.  About to stand, he flipped the cigarette butt between his legs.  The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming.  Finding him lying on the bathroom floor with his trousers blown away and burns on his buttocks, legs and groin, she once again phoned for an ambulance.

The same paramedic crew was dispatched. As the paramedics carried the man down the stairs to the ambulance they asked the wife how he had come to burn himself. She told them. They started laughing so hard, one slipped, tipping the stretcher and dumping the husband out. He fell down the remaining stairs, breaking his arm.

A photo of Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

It just goes to show how fragile life can be when things go wrong.  Still, at least he only appeared as an ‘At-Risk Survivor’.  You could say he was lucky not to have won a Darwin Award – it’s all about perspective.  🙂

The Darwin Awards are named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution.  The Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.

I suppose it’s good to see humour in adversity, isn’t it?

Have a great day.


Steve Bimpson

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