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Twopints
97853.  Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:26 pm Reply with quote

Jimmy Carr was incorrect to say that the man who used helium balloons to float froze to death.

He actually survived.

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Eventually he gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons, and slowly descended. The hanging tethers tangled and caught in a power line, blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood for 20 minutes. Larry climbed to safety, where he was arrested by waiting members of the LAPD. As he was led away in handcuffs, a reporter dispatched to cover the daring rescue asked him why he had done it. Larry replied nonchalantly, "A man can't just sit around."


http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid1998-11.html

 
samivel
97897.  Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:39 pm Reply with quote

Well, Larry's wrong. A man can just sit around. I have extensive experience of this.

 
JumpingJack
97900.  Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:47 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for that Twopints. Very interesting.

QI takes complete responsibility for any of the Elf Research and we are happy to apologize profusely when we make a mistake. What the panellists say is their own affair, however.

If we spot a mistake we take them to task, but it's impossible to check every assertion every single person makes about everything: we'd never get a single programme made...

 
Twopints
97958.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:13 am Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Thanks for that Twopints. Very interesting.

QI takes complete responsibility for any of the Elf Research and we are happy to apologize profusely when we make a mistake. What the panellists say is their own affair, however.

If we spot a mistake we take them to task, but it's impossible to check every assertion every single person makes about everything: we'd never get a single programme made...


It certainly wasn't meant as a criticism of the show. It's a great story even if Jimmy Carr did get the details of the outcome slightly wrong.

Human stupidity is always good for a laugh and it is one thing we will never have any shortage of. Theres some great stories at the Darwin Awards website and helpfully they're labelled as Confirmed (with sources), Unconfirmed or Urban legends.

One of my favourites is:

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(13 January 2005, Croatia) One fateful afternoon, 55-year-old Marko retreated to his semi-detached workshop to make himself a tool for chimney cleaning. The chimney was too high for a simple broom to work, but if he could attach a brush to a chain and then weigh it down with something, that would do the trick. But what could he use as a weight?

He happened to have the perfect object. It was heavy, yet compact. And best of all, it was made of metal, so he could weld it to the chain. He must have somehow overlooked the fact that it was also a hand grenade and was filled with explosive material.

Marko turned on his welding apparatus and began to create an arc between the chain and the grenade. As the metal heated up, the grenade exploded. The force of the explosion killed poor Marko instantly, blasting shrapnel through the walls of the shed and shattering the windshield of a Mercedes parked outside. Marko's chimney was untouched, however.

 
djgordy
97981.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 9:24 am Reply with quote

I was very surprised that Mr. Fry hadn't heard of the Darwin Awards.

 
swot
97985.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:00 am Reply with quote

Me too. It seems like the sort of weird thing that he would know.

 
gerontius grumpus
100245.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:04 pm Reply with quote

He probably had but it was necessary to pretend otherwise to get a better account of it from Jimmy Carr.
It's a journalistic cliche.

 
JumpingJack
100247.  Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:05 pm Reply with quote

Very charitable of you gg

 

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