spell> And once again, it's time for the Darwin Award Nominees. The Darwins > are awarded every year to the persons who died in the most stupid > manner, thereby removing themselves from the gene pool. > > > This years nominees are: > > Nominee No. 1: [San Jose Mercury News]: > > An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former > girlfriends windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the > gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut. > > > Nominee No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette]: > > James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, MI, was killed in March as he > was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." > Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung > underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. > Burns clothes caught on something, however, and the other > man found Burns "wrapped in the drive shaft". > > > Nominee No. 3: [Hickory Daily Record]: > > Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December > in Newton, NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside > his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson > 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear. > > Nominee No. 4: [UPI, Toronto]: > > Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown > Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and > plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, > fell into the courtyard of the TorontoDominionBankTower early > Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings > windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted > demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter > Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the > Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the best and brightest" > members of the 200-man association. > > Nominee No. 5: [The News of the Weird]: > > Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had > spent several years awaiting South Carolinas electric chair on a > murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in > prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix > his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted. > > > Nominee No. 6: [The Indianapolis Star]: > > A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk, > IN. A JayCounty man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of > a muzzle loader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in > his face, sheriffs investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died > in his parents rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators > said Pryor was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle-loader that had not been > firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when > the gunpowder ignited. > > > Nominee No. 7: [Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario]: > > A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium > apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his > death. Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the > accident occurred, said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional > Police. "It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the > balcony," Honer said.