Subj:     Accidents2
                 (Includes 29 jokes and articles, 16 1001,3,cf,wXT3,3)

Pancho from
ARG! Cartoon Aimation Studio
Includes the following:  The Centrifuge Brain Project - Video (S922)
.........................Six Unluckiest People in the World (S571)
.........................A New Drug Children have Discovered (S449b)
.........................Bungee Jumping To A Cruise Ship (S420b)
.........................Five Amazing Accident Photos (S474b)
.........................Guys w/New Jeep Go Duck Hunting (S157)
.........................Fun With Beer And Guns (73)
.........................Man Determined To Commit Suicide (S71)
.........................Deaths At Disney
.........................Several Videos of Men Having Accidents (S481)
.........................Falling Cow (S29)
.........................Gravity Kills
.........................Launched On The Fourth Of July ...
.........................The Dumbest Deaths In Recorded History (S44)

Subj:     The Centrifuge Brain Project (S922d)
          Published by: KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg
          From: Valorie Calton on Facebook
 Source1: http://www.youtube.com/embed/RVeHxUVkW4w
 Source2: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152652405169367
 The 'Centrifuge Brain Project' gives an insight on scientific
 experiments with amusement park rides.  Click 'HERE' to see
 these beautiful, impossible rides.

Subj:     Six Unluckiest People in the World (S571)
          From: ginafm on 12/31/2007

 1 - Frane Selak

 Escaped from a derailed train, a door-less plane, a bus
 crash, a car into flames, another 2 car accidents... but
 then won $1,000,000 dollars on the lottery!   Frane Selak
 (born 1929) is a Croatian music teacher famous for his
 numerous escapes from fatal accidents:

 In January, 1962, Selak was traveling via train from
 Sarajevo to Dubrovnik.  However, the train had suddenly
 derailed and plunged into an icy river, killing 17
 passengers.  Selak managed to escape, and only suffered
 a broken arm and minor scrapes and bruises.

 The following year, while traveling from Zagreb to
 Rijeka when the door blew away from the cockpit, forcing
 him out of the plane.  Although 19 others were killed, he
 suffered only minor injuries and had miraculously landed
 in a haystack.

 In 1966, he was riding on a bus that crashed and plunged
 into a river.  Four others were killed, but Selak managed
 to escape unharmed.

 In 1970, he managed to escape before a faulty fuel pump
 engulfed his car into flames.

 In 1973, another of Selak's cars caught fire, forcing fire
 through the air vents.  He suffered no injuries save the
 loss of most of his hair.

 In 1995, he was hit by a city bus, but once again suffered
 minor injuries.

 In 1996 he escaped when he drove off a cliff to escape an
 oncoming truck.  He managed to land in a tree, and watched
 as his car exploded 300 feet below him.

 In 2003 he won $1,000,000 dollars in the Croatian lottery,
 and had stated that "I know God was watching me over all
 these years."  He has reputedly refused to fly to Australia
 to air on a Doritos commercial, saying he "didn't want to
 test his luck."[2]

 He has said that he can either be looked as "the world's
 unluckiest man, or the world's luckiest man," and prefers
 the latter.

 2 - John Lyne

 Suffered 16 major accidents in his life.  As a teen, he
 felt from a tree; on his way back from hospital, his bus
 crashed.  John Lyne could well be Britain's unluckiest man.
 'Calamity John' has suffered 16 major accidents in his life,
 including lightning strikes, a rock-fall in a mine and
 three car crashes.  'I don't think there is any reason or
 explanation.  Things could have been much worse and I could
 have died but it doesn't worry me too much.'

 Mr Lyne's mishaps cover a lifetime and he has even been
 known to suffer two accidents at once.  As a child, he fell
 off a horse and cart - only to be run over by a delivery
 van.  When he was a teenager, he broke his arm falling from
 a tree.  On his way back from hospital, his bus crashed,
 breaking the same arm in another place.  The date, of
 course, was Friday the 13th.

 3 - William "Bud" Post

 Won the lottery, but got sued by everyone and finally went
 broke and died.

 William "Bud" Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania
 lottery in 1988 but now lives on his Social Security. "I
 wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare," says

 A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of
 his winnings.  It wasn't his only lawsuit.  A brother was
 arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to
 inherit a share of the winnings.  Other siblings pestered
 him until he agreed to invest in a car business and a
 restaurant in Sarasota, Fla., - two ventures that brought
 no money back and further strained his relationship with
 his siblings.  Post even spent time in jail for firing a
 gun over the head of a bill collector.  Within a year, he
 was $1 million in debt.

 Post admitted he was both careless and foolish, trying to
 please his family.  He eventually declared bankruptcy.
 Now he lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps. "I'm
 tired, I'm over 65 years old, and I just had a serious
 operation for a heart aneurysm.  Lotteries don't mean
 (anything) to me," said Post.  He died on Jan 15 of
 respiratory failure.

 4 - Major Summerford

 Struck by lightning... 4 times!

 A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the
 fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his
 horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist
 down.  Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver.  One day
 in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the
 tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side.
 Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that
 he was able to take walks in a local park.  He was walking
 there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt smashed
 into him, permanently paralyzing him.  He died two years
 later.  But lightning sought him out one last time.  Four
 years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery
 and destroyed a tombstone.  The deceased buried here?
 Major Summerford.

 5 - Henry Ziegland

 Killed by a very persistent bullet

 Henry Ziegland thought he had dodged fate.  In 1883, he
 broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of
 distress, committed suicide.  The girl's brother was so
 enraged that he hunted down Ziegland and shot him.  The
 brother, believing he had killed Ziegland, then turned his
 gun on himself and took his own life.  But Ziegland had
 not been killed.  The bullet, in fact, had only grazed his
 face and then lodged in a tree.  Ziegland surely thought
 himself a lucky man.  Some years later, however, Ziegland
 decided to cut down the large tree, which still had the
 bullet in it.  The task seemed so formidable that he
 decided to blow it up with a few sticks of dynamite.  The
 explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland's head,
 killing him.

 6 - Evelyn Adams

 Won the lottery twice, now lives on a trailer

 "Winning the lottery isn't always what it's cracked up to
 be," says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not
 just once, but twice (1985, 1986), to the tune of $5.4
 million.  Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a
 trailer.  "I won the American dream but I lost it, too.  It
 was a very hard fall. It's called rock bottom," says Adams.

 "Everybody wanted my money.  Everybody had their hand out.
 I never learned one simple word in the English language -
 'No.'  I wish I had the chance to do it all over again.
 I'd be much smarter about it now," says Adams, who also
 lost money at the slot machines in Atlantic City.  "I was
 a big-time gambler," admits Adams.  "I didn't drop a
 million dollars, but it was a lot of money.  I made
 mistakes, some I regret, some I don't.  I'm human. I
 can't go back now so I just go forward, one step at a

 Submitted by Jesse J.

Subj:     A New Drug Children have Discovered (S449b)
          From: PGM2R4U on 8/20/2005

 This article is true and can be checked at

 First I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family.
 My name is Jeff.  I am a Police Officer for a city which is
 known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs
 and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in ######
 per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor.  He was
 certified in drugs and general duty.  He retired at 3 years
 old because he was shot in the line of duty.  He lives with
 us now and I still train with him because he likes it.  I
 always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs
 into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you.

 The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about
 drugs.  I have taught in schools about drugs.  My wife asks
 all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs.
 Makes them promise they won't.

 I like building computers occasionally and started building
 a new one in February 2005.  I also was working on some of
 my older computers.  They were full of dust so on one of my
 trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF.
 Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a
 computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them
 they were all used.  I talked to my kids and my two sons
 both said they had used them on their computer and messing
 around with them.  I yelled at them for wasting the 10
 dollars I paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the
 computer store.  They didn't have the 3 pack which I had
 bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off.
 I went home and set it down beside my computer.

 On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight
 my wife went down and kissed Kyle goodnight.  At 5:30 am the
 next morning Kathy went downstairs to wake Kyle up for school,
 before she left for work.  He was propped up in bed with his
 legs crossed and his head leaning over.  She called to him a
 few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes
 tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep.  He was
 never easy to get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell
 over. He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off
 can coming out of his mouth.  He had the new can of Dust Off
 in his hands. Kyle was dead.

 I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife
 is a nurse and she had never heard of this.  We later found
 out from the coroner, after the autopsy, that only the pro-
 pellant from the can of Dust off was in his system. No other
 drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM.

 I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids
 ages 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. It's called
 dusting. A take off from the Dust Off name.  It gives them a
 slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them dizzy. A boy
 who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this
 about a month before.  Kyle showed his best friend. Told him
 it was cool and it couldn't hurt you.  Its just compressed
 air. It can't hurt you.  His best friend said no.

 Kyle was wrong.  It's not just compressed air.  It also
 contains a propellant called R2.  Its a refrigerant like
 what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier
 than air.  When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps
 the good air, with oxygen, out.  That's why you feel dizzy,
 buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart.
 Kyle was right. It can't hurt you. IT KILLS YOU.

 The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There
 is no level that kills you. It's not cumulative or an over-
 dose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong.  Roll the
 dice and if your number comes up you die.  IT'S NOT AN
 OVERDOSE.  Its Russian Roulette.

 You don't die later.  Or not feel good and say I've had too
 much.  You usually die as your breathing it in.  If not you
 die within 2 seconds of finishing "the hit."  That's why
 the straw was still in Kyle's mouth when he died.  Why his
 eyes were still open.

 The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don't believe
 its huffing.  As adults we tend to lump many things together.
 But it doesn't fit here.  And that's why its more accepted.
 There is no chemical reaction. no strong odor. It doesn't
 follow the huffing signals.  Kyle complained a few days
 before he died of his tongue hurting.  It probably did.  The
 propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known.

 It's easy to say hey, it's my life and I'll do what I want.
 But it isn't.  Others are always effected.  This has forever
 changed our family's life. I have a hole in my heart and soul
 that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I can't
 describe it.  There's nowhere to run from it.  I cry all the
 time and I don't ever cry.

 I do what I'm supposed to do but I don't really care. My kids
 are messed up.  One won't talk about it.  The other will only
 sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't even describe
 how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of
 Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and
 talked to our kids about them.

 After Kyle died another story came out.  A Probation Officer
 went to the school system next to ours to speak with a student.
 While there he found a student using Dust Off in the bathroom.
 This student told him about another student who also had some
 in his locker.  This is a rather affluent school system. They
 will tell you they don't have a drug problem there. They don't
 even have a Dare or Plus program there.  So rather than tell
 everyone about this "new" way of getting high they found, they
 hid it.  The probation officer told the media after Kyle's
 death and they, the school, then admitted to it.  I know that
 if they would have told the media and I had heard, it wouldn't
 have been in my house.

 We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs.
 Using Dust Off isn't new and some "professionals" do know
 about it. It just isn't talked about much, except by the kids.
 They all seem to know about it.

 April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died.  April 5th would have
 been his 15th birthday.  And every weekday I catch myself
 sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and
 waiting to see him get off the bus. I know Kyle is in heaven
 but I cant help but wonder if I died and went to Hell.

Subj:     Bungee Jumping To A Cruise Ship (S420b)
          From: igiggle on 2/9/2005

 A thirty-six-year-old man from Nanaimo, British Columbia,
 tried to stow away on a ship as it left Vancouver - the
 hard way.  The man positioned himself on a bridge, knowing
 the ship would pass under him.

 He had a bungee cord firmly tied around his waist, and he
 planned to jump down onto the ship's deck, cut the cord,
 and gain a free cruise.  As soon as the ship was in position,
 the man leapt from the bridge but he hadn't properly
 calculated the weight of his body, the distance of the fall,
 and the tension of the cord.  Instead of gracefully landing
 a few feet from the deck, the man slammed onto the ship's
 tennis court and then bounced back up.

 On his way back down he crashed into the railing of the stern
 and was left dangling above the water like a yo-yo.  He
 rappelled into the water, where the crew of a passing boat
 rescued him.  Life has its little ups and downs, but this
 guy had them all in one day.

Subj:     Five Amazing Accident Photos (S474b)
          From: gordonschuk on 2/9/2006
 You can view these five amazing photos by clicking 'HERE'.

Subj:     Guys w/New Jeep Go Duck Hunting (S157)
          From: RFSlick on 01/31/2000
 (Also see 'Two Brain Surgeons Go Duck Hunting' in DUCKS)

 This from a radio program, a true report of a happening in
 Michigan:  A guy buys a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee for
 $30,000 and has $400+ monthly payments.  He and a friend
 go duck hunting and of course all the lakes are frozen.

 These two guys go to the lake with the guns, the dog, the
 beer, and of course the new vehicle.  They drive out onto
 the lake ice and get ready.  Now, they want to make some
 kind of a natural landing area for the ducks, something
 for the decoys to float on.  In order to make a hole large
 enough to look like something a wandering duck would fly
 down and land on, it is going to take a little more effort
 than an ice hole drill.

 So, out of the back of the new Grand Cherokee comes a stick
 of dynamite with a short, 40-second fuse.  Now these two
 Rocket Scientists do take into consideration that they must
 place the stick of dynamite on the ice at a location far
 from where they are standing (and the new Grand Cherokee).

 They don't want to take the risk of slipping on the ice
 when they run from the burning fuse, and possibly go up in
 smoke with the resulting blast.  So, they decide to light
 this 40-second fuse and throw the dynamite.

 (Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the
 vehicle, the beer, the guns and the dog?)

 Yes, the dog: A highly trained Black Lab used for retrieving.
 Especially things thrown by the owner.  You guessed it, the
 dog takes off at a high rate of doggy speed on the ice and
 captures the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second
 fuse about the time it hits the ice.

 The two men yell, scream, wave arms and wonder what to do
 now.  The dog, cheered on, keeps coming.  One of the guys
 grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog.  The shotgun is loaded
 with #8 duck shot, hardly big enough to stop a Black Lab.
 The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, but continues
 on.  Another shot and this time the dog, still standing,
 becomes really confused and of course terrified, thinking
 these two Nobel Prize winners have gone insane.

 The dog takes off to find cover, (with the now really short
 fuse burning on the stick of dynamite)....  under the brand
 new Cherokee.

 ----BOOM!---- Dog and Cherokee are blown to bits and sink
 to the bottom of the lake in a very large hole, leaving the
 two idiots standing there with this "I can't believe this
 happened" look on their faces.

 The insurance company says that sinking a vehicle in a lake
 by illegal use of explosives is not covered.  He still had
 yet to make the first of those $400+ a month payments!!

Subj:     Fun With Beer And Guns (73)
          From: Ossama's Laugh on 6/14/98

 In rural Carbon County, PA, a group of men were drinking
 beer and discharging firearms from the rear deck of a home
 owned Irving Michaels, age 27. The men were firing at a
 raccoon that was wandering by, but the beer apparently
 impaired their aim and, despite of the estimated 35 shots
 the group fired, the animal escaped into a 3 foot diameter
 drainage pipe some 100 feet away from Mr. Michaels deck.

 Determined to terminate the animal, Mr. Michaels retrieved
 a can of gasoline and poured some down the pipe, intending
 to smoke the animal out.  After several unsuccessful
 attempts to ignite the fuel, Michaels emptied the entire 5
 gallon fuel can down the pipe and tried to ignite it again,
 to no avail.

 Not one to admit defeat by wildlife, the determined Mr.
 Michaels proceeded to slide feet-first approximately 15
 feet down the sloping pipe to toss the match.  The sub-
 sequent rapidly expanding fireball propelled Mr. Michael
 back the way he had come, though at a much higher rate of
 speed.  He exited the angled pipe "like a Polaris missile
 leaves a submarine," according to witness Joseph McFadden,
 31.  Mr. Michaels was launched directly over his own home,
 right over the heads of his astonished friends, onto his
 front lawn.  In all, he traveled over 200 feet through the
 air.  "There was a Doppler Effect to his scream as he flew
 over us," McFadden reported, "Followed by a loud thud.".

 Amazingly, he suffered only minor injuries.  "It was
 actually pretty cool," Michaels said, "Like when they shoot
 someone out of a cannon at the circus.  I'd do it again if
 I was sure I wouldn't get hurt."

Subj:     Man Determined To Commit Suicide (S71)
          From: Tom_Adams on 98-06-12
 (Also see 'Suicide in France' in DARWIN AWARDS2)

 In France, Jacques LeFevrier left nothing to chance when he
 decided to commit suicide.  He stood at the top of a tall
 cliff and tied a noose around his neck.  He tied the other
 end of the rope to a large rock.  He drank some poison and
 set fire to his clothes. He even tried to shoot himself at
 the last moment. He jumped and fired the pistol.

 The bullet missed him completely and cut through the rope
 above him.  Free of the threat of hanging, he plunged into
 the sea.  The sudden dunking extinguished the flames and
 made him vomit the poison. He was dragged out of the water
 by a kind fisherman and was taken to hospital, where he
 died... of hypothermia.

Subj:     Deaths At Disney
          From: Amy's Humor Archive on 06/27/97

When You Die at Disney, You Really Die at Disney

 Though Mickey would have us believe otherwise, accidents
 do occur at the happiest place on earth.  Yet we hear so
 little about them.  Funny thing about them is that, most
 of the time, these accidents have nothing to do with
 Disney, and everything to do with the unbelievable
 stupidity of the guests.

 Maybe the world is better off without them...

 The first death on the Matterhorn attraction is also the
 first death to occur at any Disney park, yet no fireworks
 were shot to mark the occasion.  Intelligent Mark Maples,
 15, unbuckled his seat belt while on the roller coaster
 and tried to stand up. Not surprisingly, he was thrown
 on a lower track.  He died a few days later from internal

 Scaling Disneyland's outer fence and climbing onto the
 Monorailtrack, Thomas Cleveland, 19, thought he had found
 a real clever way to sneak into the park. Unfortunately,
 the Monorail was using the track at the time, and it took
 that opportunity to kill him, despite his attempt to hide
 on the fiberglass canopy under the track.  After being
 struck n' killed, his body was dragged for 30-40 feet.

 Ricky Yama, 17, decided that the slow-moving People Mover
 ride would be much more fun if he jumped from car to car.
 Oh, what fun he must have been having.  Oh, the surprise
 on the other guests faces!  "Can you believe it?" they must
 have asked each other, "look at that crazy guy moving from
 car to car!  Ha,ha.  What a card!"  Funny Ricky slipped
 and was crushed under the wheels of the cars he was about
 to board.

 A Disneyland employee is crushed between the walls of the
 rotating theater at the patriotic "America Sings" attraction
 in front of many horrified tourists.  (The walls were later
 reconfigured to prevent this from happening again, but ride
 closed several years later due to waning popularity.  It's
 a good thing, too.  "America Sings" would make Pat Boone
 go commie.)

 With two deaths in 1973(this one and the above), this was
 a really violent year at Disneyland.  Bogden Delarout, 18,
 and his 10 year-old brother hid during closing time while
 on Tom Sawyer Island.  Since little brother couldn't swim,
 Bogden tried to carry him on his back when they tried to
 disembark.  The 10 year-old was found dog paddling fairly
 soon after.  Bogden's body was found the next morning.

 While searching for her car, Hattie Richardson falls in a
 canal in between the "Minnie" and "Goofy" sections of the
 Disney World parking lot and drowns.

 As Disneyland guests sometimes do, Gerardo Gonzales climbs
 out of the People Mover ride.  As he attempts to re-board,
 another "People Mover" comes along and crushes him.  As an
 added bonus, he was dragged hundreds of feet before the
 ride stopped.

 Mel Yorba, 18, is stabbed and killed between the submarine
 ride and "The Matterhorn" by James O' Driscoll, 29, an
 unemployed construction worker.  The bloody knife is later
 found near "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" and a blood-soaked
 shirt is discovered in a woman's bathroom in Fantasyland.
 It seems Mr. Driscoll thought that Mel was putting the
 moves on his lady.  Gosh, can't we all just get along?

 Phil Straughn, 18, and a friend take an unauthorized ride
 on a motorized maintenance boat in the lagoon surrounding
 Disneyland's "Tom Sawyer Island".  The boat strikes a rock,
 and Straughnis ejected into the water and drowns.  They
 had both been drinking heavily.

 Regina Young falls out of her bobsled on "The Matterhorn"
 roller-coaster ride, lands on the track, is struck by
 another bobsled, and killed.  Her seat belt was not fastened.
 Bad Regina!

 A shooting death occurs in the Disneyland parking lot.  It
 is later discovered to be gang related.

Subj:     Several Videos of Men Having Accidents (S481dwmv)
          From: darrell94590 on 4/11/2006
 Source: http://jokelibrary.net/yNonJokes/a_files/acc2-men.wmv

 You can view these WMV home videos of men being dumb
 by clicking 'HERE'.  Doesn't work on my XP computer
 using Google Chrome.

Subj:     Falling Cow (S29)
          From: ArmaDillow on 97-08-15,  Source: Anaise
 (Also see 'Falling Cow' in DARWIN AWARDS2)


 On Friday, March 14, the Japanese Coast Guard responded to
 an SOS call from a sinking ship in the middle of the Sea of
 Japan.  When the rescue effort arrived, they found the crew
 of a trawler clinging to the hull of their overturned ship.

 After returning to land, each member of the crew and the
 officers were questions about the events causing the accident,
 but after the interviews, the men were placed in confinement
 for suspicion of sabatoge.

 Every man claimed that their boat had been struck by a large
 cow that had fallen out of the cloudless sky, leading the
 authorities to suspect the story had been concocted to cover
 up foul play.

 The men remained in confinement for a week until a call
 came in from the Russian Air Force, who had heard of the
 incident.  After the call, all of the men were released.

 On the same day that the ship sank, a Russian cargo plane
 was preparing to take off from an airfield in far eastern
 Russia.  Before takeoff, the crew of the plane noticed a
 cow grazing beside the runway.

 Hungry for the expensive meat, they dragged the cow into
 the cargo hold and took off, intending to have a feast at
 their destination.  Once in the air, the disoriented cow
 went beserk, thrashing and kicking at anything and anyone
 within reach.  Before the cow could do any serious damage,
 the crew opened the cargo hatch and pushed the cow out at
 30,000 feet over the Sea of Japan.

Subj:     Gravity Kills
          From: ipkis on 97-10-11

 A 22-year-old Reston man was found dead yesterday after
 he tried to use occy straps (the stretchy little ropes
 with hooks on each end) to bungee jump off a 70-foot
 railroad trestle, police said.   Fairfax County police
 said Eric A. Barcia, a fast-food worker, taped a bunch
 of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot,
 anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink
 Park, jumped ... and hit the pavement.

 Warren Carmichael, a police spokesman, said investigators
 think Barcia was alone because his car was found nearby.
 "The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater
 than the distance between the trestle and the ground,"
 Carmichael said.  [Derrr.]

 Police say the apparent cause of death was "major trauma."
 An autopsy is scheduled for later in the week.

Subj:     Launched On The Fourth Of July ...
          From: ipkis on 97-10-11

 Three young men in Oklahoma were enjoying the coming fourth
 of July holiday and wanted to apparently test fire some
 fireworks.  Their only real problem was that their launch
 pad and seating arrangements were atop a several hundred
 thousand gallon fuel distillation or storage tank.  Oddly
 enough, some fumes were ignited, producing a fireball seen
 for miles and miles.  They were launched, no doubt, count-
 less thousands of feet into the air and were found dead
 250 yards from their respective seats.

Subj:     The Dumbest Deaths In Recorded History (S44)
          From: Daemonic Funnies Page

 How Not To Die
 Attila the Hun:
 One of the most notorious villains in history, Attila's
 army had conquered all of Asia by 450 AD--from Mongolia to
 the edge of the Russian Empire--by destroying villages and
 pillaging the countryside.

 How he died: He got a nosebleed on his wedding night.  In
 453 AD, Attila married a young girl named Ildico.  Despite
 his reputation for ferocity on the battlefield, he tended
 to eat and drink lightly during large banquets.  On his
 wedding night, however, he really cut loose, gorging him-
 self on food and drink.  Sometime during the night he
 suffered a nosebleed, but was too drunk to notice.  He
 drowned in his own blood and was found dead the next morning.
 Tycho Brahe:
 An important Danish astronomer of the 16th century.  His
 ground breaking research allowed Sir Isaac Newton to come
 up with the theory of gravity.  How he died: Didn't get to
 the bathroom in time.

 In the 16th century, it was considered an insult to leave
 a banquet table before the meal was over.  Brahe, known to
 drink excessively, had a bladder condition -- but failed
 to relieve himself before the banquet started.  He made
 matters worse by drinking too much at dinner, and was too
 polite to ask to be excused.  His bladder finally burst,
 killing him slowly and painfully over the next 11 days.
 Horace Wells:
 Pioneered the use of anesthesia in the 1840s
 How he died: Used anesthetics to commit suicide.  While
 experimenting with various gases during his anesthesia
 research, Wells became addicted to chloroform.  In 1848,
 he was arrested for spraying two women with sulfuric acid.
 In a letter he wrote from jail, he blamed chloroform for
 his problems, claiming that he'd gotten high before the
 attack.  Four days later he was found dead in his cell.
 He'd anaesthetized himself with chloroform and slashed
 open his thigh with a razor.
 Francis Bacon:
 One of the most influential minds of the late 16th century.
 A statesman, a philosopher, a writer, and a scientist, he
 was even rumored to have written some of Shakespeare's plays.
 How he died: Stuffing snow into a chicken.  One afternoon in
 1625, Bacon was watching a snowstorm and was struck by the
 wondrous notion that maybe snow could be used to preserve
 meat in the same way that salt was used.  Determined to
 find out, he purchased a chicken from a nearby village,
 killed it, and then, standing outside in the snow, attempted
 to stuff the chicken full of snow to freeze it. The chicken
 never froze, but Bacon did.
 Jerome Irving Rodale:
 Founding father of the organic food movement, creator of
 "Organic Farming and Gardening" magazine, and founder of
 Rodale Press, a major publishing corporation.
 How he died: On the "Dick Cavett Show", while discussing
 the benefits of organic foods.  Rodale, who bragged "I'm
 going to live to be 100 unless I'm run down by a sugar-
 crazed taxi driver," was only 72 when he appeared on the
 "Dick Cavett Show" in January 1971.  Part way through the
 interview, he dropped dead in his chair.  Cause of death:
 heart attack. The show was never aired.
 A Greek playwright back in 500 BC. Many historians
 consider him the father of Greek tragedies.
 How he died: An eagle dropped a tortoise on his head
 According to legend, eagles picked up tortoises and
 attempt to crack them open by dropping them on rocks.  An
 eagle mistook Aeschylus' head for a rock (he was bald)
 and dropped it on him instead.
 Jim Fixx:
 Author of the best selling "Complete Book of Running,"
 which started the jogging craze of the 1970s.
 How he died: A heart attack....while jogging Fixx was
 visiting Greensboro, Vermont when he walked out of his
 house and began jogging.  He'd only gone a short distance
 when he had a massive coronary.  His autopsy revealed that
 one of his coronary arteries was 99% clogged, another was
 80% obstructed, and a third was 70% blocked....and that
 Fixx had had three other attacks in the weeks prior to his
 And finally there's Lully, one of our favorite 16th-century
 composers, who wrote music for the king of France.  While
 rehearsing the musicians, he got too serious beating time
 with his staff, and drove it right through his foot.  He
 died of infection.

                           -(o o)-
...............................From Smiley_Central