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And the winner of the 2006 Darwin Awards is

  1. Jun 19, 2006 #1

    Pengwuino

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    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-balloon05.html

    :grumpy: They literally forgot to breathe...
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2006 #2
    They didn't "forget to breathe", they asphyxiated! :grumpy:
     
  4. Jun 19, 2006 #3

    JamesU

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    good, I wasn't the only one wondering WTF pengwuino was talking about
     
  5. Jun 19, 2006 #4

    Pengwuino

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    Fool! That line isn't funny!
     
  6. Jun 19, 2006 #5
    Then make up something that is.
     
  7. Jun 20, 2006 #6

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    My heart breaks for the parents who have lost a son and daughter. :frown: I doubt they thought about the fact that the baloon was still full of He and that there was no oxygen.

    Such accidents have happened in other industries where people enter storage systems or tanks that are full of nitrogen or other inert gas. The company responsible for the balloon should have given safety instructions to the young people.
     
  8. Jun 20, 2006 #7
    This doesn't deserve darwin's award, it's too normal... :)
     
  9. Jun 20, 2006 #8

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    Both of them were 21...
     
  10. Jun 20, 2006 #9
    Also know as:
    Lack of Intellgence design.
    This will help the Evoloution of the human race greatly.
     
  11. Jun 20, 2006 #10

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    You'd think it would be self-evident not to crawl inside a balloon, period, and especially one filled with helium. Somehow I don't think all the warnings in the world would have helped kids that are truly that stupid...or drunk....or both. You do feel sorry for the other people left behind, though. It's tough to lose someone close anytime, but it always seems more tragic when they are young.
     
  12. Jun 20, 2006 #11

    FredGarvin

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    Confined space permits and training are probably not immediately on most people's minds, but you'd wish that parents would instill a certain amount of common sense in their children. Even without the presence of He, there should have been little alarms going off in their minds before trying to do it.

    Then again, it could be foul play....Nah. I watch too much CSI.
     
  13. Jun 20, 2006 #12

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    You think the two worked there?

    I kind of got the impression they were just a couple of college kids who happened to see the hydrogen balloon outside the store. I guess some kind of warning like the 'anti-theft' device warning on vending machines (the picture of the vending machine falling over on the guy shaking the machine) could have been used, but I doubt the couple read any warnings that may or may not have been on the balloon.
     
  14. Jun 20, 2006 #13

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    Well, I just assumed one or the other or both were retrieving the balloon. Perhaps they just decided to get inside and have fun, not realizing that with He inside, there is no oxygen to breath. I wonder how many young people would think of that? Probably very few.
     
  15. Jun 20, 2006 #14

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    they were able to breathe helium in Sphere...:uhh:
     
  16. Jun 20, 2006 #15

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    Wow, Astro! You set terribly low standards for today's youth!
     
  17. Jun 20, 2006 #16
    i think its terrible that these kids who might not have been ultra smart, made a mistake that cost them their lives and now some dorks on the internet are saying that their death was for the progress of humanity.
     
  18. Jun 20, 2006 #17

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    I visited the local high school, which is one of the largest in the state and considered one of the best. I was not impressed. Two or three of the several hundred of students I met expressed capability and motivation.

    On the other hand, I did hire the valedictorian a few years ago. He was a brilliant kid who just graduated from Harvard with a degree in mathematics. He turned out to be an excellent programmer. But he still has a lot to learn.
     
  19. Jun 21, 2006 #18

    DaveC426913

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    Helium mix i.e. mixed w/ Oxygen.
     
  20. Jun 21, 2006 #19
    still not right. They just forgot what breathe.
     
  21. Jun 21, 2006 #20

    Evo

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    No, this definitely qualifies for the Darwin Award. How many people would do this? Aside from these two, I think the count is zero.
     
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