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2009 Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards for 2009 have been announced. These annual awards recognize “those who improve our gene pool… by removing themselves from it.” All the awards are posthumous. The winners for 2009 are a pair of bank robbers in Belgium.

The city of Dinant is the backdrop for this rare Double Darwin Award. Two bankrobbers attempting to make a sizeable withdrawal from an ATM died when they overestimated the quantity of dynamite needed for the explosion. The blast demolished the building the bank was housed in. Nobody else was in the building at the time of the attack.

Among the runners-up is the first ever female Darwin award, given to a woman who drove her moped into flood waters, and then leapt back in after she was rescued to retrieve her bike! Link

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January 5th, 2010

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