Friday, November 16, 2012

Stairway to Heaven or Banister to Hell

For those of you who don’t already know, the Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, that recognizes individuals who have contributed to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death due to their own foolish actions.  For our e-newsletter tailpiece, we have again selected  another classic account of one such individual, courtesy of

The Kleman Plaza parking garage in Tallahassee has the ideal banister for a long slide, spiraling around an open stairwell all the way down from the fifth floor without a break.       
Brian, 24, was a real-life hero who had saved a friend from drowning, but friends said he was also a "big fan of reality TV and high-risk stunts." The banister was his big chance!
But just sliding down a 5-story the banister was nowhere near risky enough for Brian, so he planned to leap onto the banister to begin his slide.         

He ran, he jumped... and he sailed completely over it, plunging 52 feet to the bottom of the stairwell. A friend fondly reminisced that "Brian had done crazier things than this" before. But this was Brian's first stunt spectacular enough to win a Darwin Award.

According to a police investigation, "alcohol may have been a factor."

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


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