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NEOWatcher
2007-Jun-26, 08:09 PM
I saw for other years... I'm suprised there's not one of this year.

Teen dies after being hit by a train (http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=70257)


Police say when the group heard the whistle of the approaching train, two of the teens began running toward the tracks to try and cross before the train

And could have been two deaths.


One of the teens tripped and never made it to the tracks.

Fazor
2007-Jun-26, 08:44 PM
In fairness, if you don't beat the train you have to wait a whole minute or two (asumming it doesn't stop/reverse/stop/pull forward/stop/reverse/stop/go for a coffee break...etc. like the one by my house).

It's like those people in the lane next to you who peel out and go as fast as they can when the light turns green, only to end up next to you again at the next red light. Go speed racers, go!

Doodler
2007-Jun-26, 08:56 PM
Another two teens died after jumping up and down on an oil tank for a while, then sparking a KABOOM that shot them 400+ feet through the air.

Celestial Mechanic
2007-Jun-26, 09:05 PM
Another two teens died after jumping up and down on an oil tank for a while, then sparking a KABOOM that shot them 400+ feet through the air.

"Look! Strong oil tank! Strong oil tank!"
Edited to add: I wonder if their shoes may have somehow generated sparks? Is this possible?

Doodler
2007-Jun-26, 09:35 PM
"Look! Strong oil tank! Strong oil tank!"Edited to add: I wonder if their shoes may have somehow generated sparks? Is this possible?

Its not impossible. I've seen those retarded shoes with the motion activated lights in them.

mickal555
2007-Jun-27, 07:25 AM
A lot more people are killed by train then many people would like to think...

It's not often reported though, but almost all are avoidable.



Extremely unlikely, unless their shoes were made out of flint or something.

The light things wouldn't have enough power too light oil.

Soup Fan
2007-Jun-27, 07:28 AM
Flint shoes! Perhaps I can market those along with the lead-based face paint I want to sell to juggalos.

Also, I sat at a 7 minute train on my way to work tonight. It was depressing.

NEOWatcher
2007-Jun-27, 12:20 PM
A lot more people are killed by train then many people would like to think...

It's not often reported though, but almost all are avoidable.
I can believe it, but the ones that I hear are usually "walking along the tracks" and very often include substances.

Extremely unlikely, unless their shoes were made out of flint or something.
The light things wouldn't have enough power too light oil.
I'm sure there's more to it, those tanks are usually pretty tough.

Musashi
2007-Jun-27, 03:37 PM
The hypothesis is that their jumping forced vapor out of the relief valve and may have been ignited by a near by campfire the group had started. The sad part of the story is that a dog was also killed.

Maksutov
2007-Jun-27, 03:44 PM
Everyone is missing the important part.

What they were doing was cool!

It doesn't matter what the results are, as long as what you are doing is cool.

NEOWatcher
2007-Jul-11, 03:52 PM
Another one involving a train, and a full moon. I would suspect beverages also.

Police: Man Joking Around Near Tracks Killed By Train (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13659753/detail.html)



The victim, identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office as Larry A. Schaffer Jr., was standing on the edge and sticking his backside toward the tracks.

Fazor
2007-Jul-11, 04:06 PM
Is that what they mean by putting your [backside] on the line? Ouch.

Celestial Mechanic
2007-Jul-11, 07:22 PM
Another one involving a train, and a full moon. I would suspect beverages also.
Police: Man Joking Around Near Tracks Killed By Train (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13659753/detail.html)
The victim, identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office as Larry A. Schaffer Jr., was standing on the edge and sticking his backside toward the tracks.
I guess he'll be the butt of our jokes for awhile ... ;)

Celestial Mechanic
2007-Jul-11, 07:32 PM
I saw for other years... I'm suprised there's not one of this year. [Snip!]
Well, 2007 is not over. Nominations are still coming in.

So there you have it! There's still 5 months left for people to take themselves out of the gene pool and make a lasting statement at the same time! Just hope none of the esteemed members of this board do anything like this. Well, except for :silenced:

Doodler
2007-Jul-11, 07:32 PM
In fairness, if you don't beat the train you have to wait a whole minute or two (asumming it doesn't stop/reverse/stop/pull forward/stop/reverse/stop/go for a coffee break...etc. like the one by my house).

I've been caught by freight trains that moving at legal speeds for the section of track they're on, hold up crossings for nearly an hour. If you've ever seen the new intermodal cars that carry rig trailers, they're articulated cars nearly 50 feet per segment, with three segments per car, and they pack those trains with LOTS of them.

NEOWatcher
2007-Jul-11, 07:48 PM
Well, 2007 is not over. Nominations are still coming in.
Exactly my point, we didn't have a place to put our nominations for 2007.

mattweather
2007-Jul-12, 06:05 AM
Darwin for 2007??? What is this title?

01101001
2007-Jul-12, 06:17 AM
Darwin Awards (http://www.darwinawards.com/)

(Not D a r w i n (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin,_Northern_Territory). Nor D a r w i n (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin), but related.)

===

Dagnabbit, when I do this:


(Not Domain Name Registration, E-mail, Web Hosting (http://Darwin). Nor Domain Name Registration, E-mail, Web Hosting (http://Darwin), but related.)

why does it come out as:

(Not Domain Name Registration, E-mail, Web Hosting (http://Darwin). Nor Domain Name Registration, E-mail, Web Hosting (http://Darwin), but related.)

I'm not loving this "smart" new URL software.

Double dagnabbit, it goes inside of php tags, too and screws it up.

I did this (but with DDDDDD replaced with Darwin):


(Not DDDDDD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin,_Northern_Territory). Nor DDDDDD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin), but related.)

Reported in About BAUT, here (http://www.bautforum.com/about-baut/61857-permalink.html#post1028516). (Edit: And it looks like Fraser turned off the feature for now.)

Jens
2007-Jul-12, 06:29 AM
Another two teens died after jumping up and down on an oil tank for a while, then sparking a KABOOM that shot them 400+ feet through the air.

It must have been a blast. :)

Jens
2007-Jul-12, 06:31 AM
A lot more people are killed by train then many people would like to think...

It's not often reported though, but almost all are avoidable.


I'm having a hard time trying to think of one that would not be avoidable.

Larry Jacks
2007-Jul-12, 01:18 PM
Those kids killed jumping on an oil tank happened here in Colorado a few weeks ago.

This story (http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=72589) indicates a cigarette lighter may have caused the explosion. Perhaps one of them paused to light up and got lit. According to this story (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19420694),

He said deputies were trying to determine whether a campfire or a cigarette lighter ignited the vapor. Some of the 18 people at the party had lit a campfire, Joos said, but he was not sure how close it was to the tank.

The story also provides another clue:

Coroner Randall Cochran said marijuana was found in both teens' bodies and each had a blood-alcohol level higher than the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.

I'm just waiting to hear about the inevitable lawsuit.

Fazor
2007-Jul-12, 01:33 PM
I've been caught by freight trains that moving at legal speeds for the section of track they're on, hold up crossings for nearly an hour. If you've ever seen the new intermodal cars that carry rig trailers, they're articulated cars nearly 50 feet per segment, with three segments per car, and they pack those trains with LOTS of them.

Yeah, and as I mentioned I live about 3 blocks from a glass plant (Anchor Hocking, you're probably seen their stuff at your local Target or Wal Mart). The loading/unloading zone is too close to the road, so if you happen to be there when the train comes, it will stop. reverse. go forward. stop. reverse. go forward. etc. For no less than 20 minutes. Their schedule is so that the train comes at 8:30 am and 5:20 pm...the times people are going to and coming from work. It really "boils my tea!" to put it mild(and stupid)ly. It's a 24-hour factory, I don't see why they couldn't schedule it for like, 5:30am and 2:20pm, or after rush hour. Oh well.

Anyway my point was that, 99% of the time you're stopped at a train for 1-3 minutes, yet people regularly try to "beat the trains", even driving around the drop bar in many instances. Is it really worth risking your life to save 3 minutes on your drive? People who are ignorant and impatient annoy me.

Michael Noonan
2007-Jul-12, 02:48 PM
A lot more people are killed by train then many people would like to think...

It's not often reported though, but almost all are avoidable.


One would like to think these contacts are avoidable. The sad fact is that it almost always invokes the "rule of three". The suburban electrics are known among rail workers as whispering death. Even a diesel coasting at 100 km or in imperial 60 mph makes very little noise.

Most crossings usually have warning devices but the private citizen exercising peculiar rights of freedom regarding choosing their own access points gives them no protection.

The "rule of three" is after one there will soon be two more, I don't know if it applies outside Australia. The second aspect is one of the three dies, one is critically maimed and succumbs several hours later and the surviving third person usually winds up in permanent care for any number of life destroying permanent injuries, physical and mental.

I can't point the finger as one night I was crossing the tracks absent mindedly to my job on the rail and found myself floodlit and hearing the loudest horn blast I have never wanted to hear again. I looked at my feet and was standing on the white board marking the closest point rail-cars can be put to on converging tracks.

As momentarily I was unsure which track it was coming from, it was night I stood as thin as possible. It is an eerie three seconds of metal rushing past your nose as you wonder am I going to be caught by some part of the train. Had I chosen to move my odds were 50% survival. It is good to be alive, I have been there for two others one made it and will never leave rehab and the other didn't.

SeanF
2007-Jul-12, 06:19 PM
The story also provides another clue:

Coroner Randall Cochran said marijuana was found in both teens' bodies and each had a blood-alcohol level higher than the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.
Hey, give that reporter props for putting those last two words on there! :clap: All too often they would've been left off, leaving the reader to wonder just exactly why there's a legal BAC limit for jumping on an oil tank.

crosscountry
2007-Jul-12, 10:17 PM
Coroner Randall Cochran said marijuana was found in both teens' bodies and each had a blood-alcohol level higher than the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.

I'm just waiting to hear about the inevitable lawsuit.



I never understand why they quote the legal limit for driving when no one was driving:doh:


were they above the legal limit to be walking??? Seems like they are using an argument unrelated to another.

Celestial Mechanic
2007-Jul-13, 04:17 AM
[Snip!] I'm just waiting to hear about the inevitable lawsuit.
And if they can get the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer to argue the case, I can imagine this summary:

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm just an unfrozen caveman lawyer. Your world of oil tanks and airplanes and skyscrapers frightens me. But this I know: a world that can build skyscrapers to take a direct hit from a jet airplane loaded with fuel and still stand for an hour or so ought to be able to build an oil tank that can take a couple of teenagers jumping on it. I rest my case.

We miss you, Mr. Hartman. :cry:

Josh
2007-Jul-13, 04:35 AM
A lot more people are killed by train then many people would like to think...

It's not often reported though, but almost all are avoidable.



Extremely unlikely, unless their shoes were made out of flint or something.

The light things wouldn't have enough power too light oil.

I actually know a girl who was run over by a train. She was standing waiting for the train, got dizzy, stumbled and fell onto the tracks. Happened just as the train was coming. The train went right over her and she got away with two of her toes being lobbed off and that's all.

NEOWatcher
2007-Jul-16, 04:08 PM
I think this might fit better in the bad reporting or read that again thread, but since we are on the subject of train deaths... Two more local incidents.
Teen Dies, Man In Hospital After SUV Hit By Train (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13684366/detail.html)


Both White and Denes were wearing their seat belts, officials said.

Investigators said it appeared that the sport utility vehicle was dragged about a quarter of a mile down the track.

I'm not sure how big of a difference a seat belt makes when you get hit and dragged by a train.
Man Walking On Tracks Killed By Train (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13683160/detail.html)


Witnesses said the man was walking on the tracks when the train sounded its whistle.

The gates were down as well.

Gates? What gates? And why would that matter? (although, maybe there is a visual clue connection)

NEOWatcher
2007-Jul-16, 06:11 PM
Well, this one is Darwinistic (if that's a word), but I don't think it should be eligible for an award, because it's getting quite common...

Man dies attempting to remove copper from power line (http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=71201)

3am? Sounds like there may have been a little extra influence.

I just wonder if the accomplice actually said "You're an idiot. I'm not gonna be around while you do this."

NEOWatcher
2007-Aug-01, 01:36 PM
I hate short articles... There's so much more that can be explained here.
Sheriff: Boy Drowns After Tying Rock To Ankle In Stunt (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13791085/detail.html)
A sheriff said a 14-year-old boy who died after being pulled from a pond had tied a 75-pound rock to his ankle to perform a stunt.
After?
Investigators said they believe the rock around the boy's leg went into the deeper water, dragging him under water.
And why would they only "believe" it without knowing?

NEOWatcher
2007-Aug-01, 06:00 PM
And the nominees keep coming.
Man Dies After Opening Car Door To Spit (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/13797134/detail.html)


Teenager drowns in Portage County lake (http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=72058)


Authorities say the boys decided to jump off the boat and swim back to shore. But the sheriff says, Rongell, didn't know how to swim.

SeanF
2007-Aug-01, 07:57 PM
Teenager drowns in Portage County lake (http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=72058)
Wow, that article ought to go in the "Bad Reporting" thread.


The Portage County Coroner says a 15-year-old Cleveland boy died after drowning in Sandy Lake in Rootstown.
He died after drowning?


But the sheriff says, Rongell, didn't know how to swim.
Nice use of punctuation, there.


Attempts to rescue the boy were unsuccessful.
I think that's a given.

:hand:

NEOWatcher
2007-Aug-02, 12:53 PM
He died after drowning?
Gee, I noticed it on the first one, but not the second one.

I guess your not dead until you are declared dead. Why should reporters know the difference? ;)

Oh, wait, it uses less words. :rolleyes:

mattweather
2007-Aug-04, 06:29 AM
Ahhh Best awards forever, great accident.

mugaliens
2007-Aug-04, 02:36 PM
[QUOTE=crosscountry;1028896]I never understand why they quote the legal limit for driving when no one was driving:doh:/QUOTE]

Exactly. Last time I checked, it was still legal to get plastered while tending a campfire. Still legal to jump up and down on oil tanks while plastered, too, although trespassing may be an issue...

BADTASTE
2007-Aug-06, 07:18 AM
A 15 year old child dies, his family is still grieving and you post this crap on the internet for everyone to see. I hope everyone of you has someone that you know inserted in this thread. Maybe then when YOUR family googles their names they can see this tasteless garbage.

Maksutov
2007-Aug-06, 11:36 AM
The preceding BADTASTE post was, in fact, just that.

Anyway, onward...

Celestial Mechanic
2007-Aug-06, 01:03 PM
A 15 year old child dies, his family is still grieving and you post this crap on the internet for everyone to see. I hope everyone of you has someone that you know inserted in this thread. Maybe then when YOUR family googles their names they can see this tasteless garbage.
His family would not be grieving had he not been such a complete idiot in the first place. I don't have to worry about googling my family in this context because the people in my family know better than to jump up and down on oil tanks, go for a swim with a heavy stones tied to their feet, go for a swim without knowing how, do handstands on balcony railings, etc., etc.

BTW, welcome to the board, BADTASTE! :)

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-19, 05:25 PM
Next nominee (with help from his friends).

Legally Blind Man Killed While Driving ATV (http://www.wtov9.com/news/14146280/detail.html)



the men helped Hoyle onto the ATV anyways and warned him to go slow, but Hoyle didn't listen....
“When the men put Mr. Hoyle on there, he took off, full acceleration,” said Haueter. “And they were screaming at him to hold back and stop, and they couldn't catch up to him. Then he struck a smaller tree and he hit a larger one head-on.”


And now... the moment we knew was coming...

“They advised they'd been drinking but they weren't at a point of no return,” said Haueter. "It shouldn't have happened. It's a tragic accident."
Translation... We didn't pass out yet.

Fazor
2007-Sep-19, 05:30 PM
:lol: I saw this, and was going to put it in this thread. Came down to being too lazy to search for the thead. :) Definately gets my nomination for the award.

Delvo
2007-Sep-19, 06:02 PM
"Point of no return" as a description for level of drunkness?!

Doodler
2007-Sep-19, 06:08 PM
"Point of no return" as a description for level drunkness?!

Yeah, also known in the middle Appalachian states as the "Hey y'all, watch this!" moment.

Fazor
2007-Sep-19, 06:09 PM
technically, to be past the point of no return, presumibly meaning you'll never return to not being drunk... wouldn't that be death by alcohol poisoning?

I would think they weren't dead when they helped their friend onto the ATV, then proceded to run after him shouting. Although we haven't entirely rulled out the possibilty of zombies yet...

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-19, 06:17 PM
Yeah, also known in the middle Appalachian states as the "Hey y'all, watch this!" moment.
Close... Us in the Lake Erie Watershed part of Northeast Ohio see the Ohio River Watershed part to be Appalachia.

Neverfly
2007-Sep-19, 06:18 PM
The 1997 Ford Explorer that White was driving was dragged about 2,000 feet.

Todd Denes, 25, of Wellington, is listed in serious condition.

Both White and Denes were wearing their seat belts, officials said.

Investigators said it appeared that the sport utility vehicle was dragged about a quarter of a mile down the track.

Now which is it?
2000 feet or a quarter mile?:think:

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-19, 06:23 PM
Now which is it?
2000 feet or a quarter mile?:think:
Probably somewhere in between, and each person they interviewed rounded or estimated differently and in different units.

Now if they said "about a 1/4 mile" and the reporter re-iterated with "about 1320 feet", it would be just as bad.

This one I can forgive. Close enough for thumb rule.

NEOWatcher
2007-Sep-21, 05:36 PM
So far, this one can only go as far as honorable mention... expected to recover.

Girl Fractures Skull While 'Hood Surfing' (http://www.newsnet5.com/news/14170701/detail.html#)


The driver of the car, Megan Davis, 18, of Riverview, drove her older model Ford forward on Sunday as the girl stood on the hood, police said.

"The driver, seeing that the victim was losing her balance, stopped the vehicle,

And Newton tells us what, Boys and Girls?

Fazor
2007-Sep-21, 05:45 PM
That he/she should have hit the brakes harder, as their reaction was obviously too late to prevent the fall? :) (who needs physics when you can SURF on CARS!)

Noclevername
2007-Sep-21, 05:54 PM
Ahh, the Chainsaw of Natural Selection grinds on...

NEOWatcher
2008-Jan-03, 02:54 PM
2007 now over, nominations should be in.
Vote over here (http://www.bautforum.com/off-topic-babbling/68713-darwin-2007-voting.html).