I’m sure most of you have heard of the Darwin Awards. If not, it’s a group dedicated to noting those people who have been kind enough to improve the gene pool by “accidentally removing themselves from it”…
Well, this November’s report is no different…
From Randy Cassingham’s book, The Stella Awards.
(2003, California) John, a Los Angeles real estate attorney, was skimming leaves from his pool when he noticed a palm frond caught in the power lines. His education had equipped him with sufficient acumen to become a successful litigator. Yet he was not shrewd enough to avoid becoming a toasty critter, when he reached up with the long metal pole and poked at the palm frond.
John was, for once, the path of least resistance.
Perhaps as an homage to his litigation skills, his family sued both the utility company and the pool supply store, for failure to disclose the danger of poking a metal rod into the power lines.
I don’t know whether to be amused or… Well, ok, I’m amused. I even have a friend who’s a lawyer and I doubt he’d be idiotic enough to do what this guy did. 🙂
If you’re interested in this or other stories, be sure to check out the Darwin Awards website. They also have several books for sale now and some related info (like the Stella Awards). Give it a look when you think YOUR life sucks. 🙂