Another Give Away!

It’s been a very hectic couple of weeks with serious incidents and the resulting follow-up, and I’m still trying to catch up on sleep and blog posts.  So, to make it up to you all, I’ve decided to keep it light and fun with another free give away – and what better way to celebrate Behind the Blue Line‘s second anniversary!

Many of you already know that I’ve a soft spot for The Darwin Awards as I’ve mentioned them several times over the last two years.  For those of you who have not heard of The Darwin Awards, their website states the following:

“The Darwin Awards recognize individuals who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from it in a sublimely idiotic fashion, thereby ensuring that future generations are descended from one less idiot.”

This theory completely jives with my sense of humour and is proof that sometimes fact really is stranger than fiction.  Recently, I discovered The Darwin Awards has several books in print, the latest of which is Countdown to Extinction. I took a read through it, loved it and thought one of the blog reader’s would enjoy a copy of it as well.

Here is an excerpt from the book with a fine example of one man’s ability to remove himself from the gene pool (used/reprinted with permission from the Dutton, Penguin Group):

Darwin Award Winner: Sparkleberry Lane

31 JULY 2009, SOUTH CAROLINA / Two disguised men entered a Sprint store on Sparkleberry Lane, pulled out guns, and stole wallets, purses, and credit cards from employees before ordering them into a bathroom.  Both men fled, but they could not flee from their own stupidity.  Twenty-three-year-old James T. had disguised himself by painting his face gold.

Yes, in order to conceal his identity, James had covered his skin with metallic spray paint.  If this isn’t a Darwin Award, what is?  Paints are clearly labelled : DO NOT GET ON SKIN, DO NOT GET IN EYES, DO NOT INHALE.  Paint fumes are well-known to be toxic, and the metallic colors are particularly noxious.  James began having trouble breathing (surprise!) and died wheezing shortly after the robbery took place.

To add insult to injury, the disguise was ineffective.  Witnesses were certain as to the identity of their assailant.  Had he lived, James, like his surviving accomplice, would have been charged with armed robbery.

So here are the rules:

  • Leave a comment on this post between today, December 3rd, 2010, and 2359 hours (PST) on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010.  I’ll announce the winner later in the week.
  • Anonymous comments will be not be included as there is no way to properly identify the participant if an anonymous comment is selected as the winner.  To get around this you can create a Gmail account with an alias (it’s easy and it’s free) so no one will ever know who you really are – even I won’t know.
  • VPD Facebook followers – only comments left on the actual blog (not on the Facebook page) will be counted towards a chance at the free-give-away prize. To view the blog, go to

Good Luck!

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