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(Des Moines Register)   Man hit by train as he tries to lay coin on tracks; narrowly slips through Darwin's icy fingers   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 41
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2008-05-12 03:11:57 AM  
one more try: bobbies!
 
2008-05-12 03:12:59 AM  
i242.photobucket.com

to both of you
 
2008-05-12 03:17:32 AM  
What was going through his mind?

/oh... right...
//the train
 
2008-05-12 03:17:50 AM  
Hey his fingers aren't icey... it's spring time in England these days.
 
2008-05-12 03:18:48 AM  
What happened to the coin? I wanna know.
 
2008-05-12 03:20:31 AM  
puffy999: What was going through his mind?


probably something like, "OHHHHH SHIIIIIIIIII-"
( splat )
 
2008-05-12 03:20:52 AM  
www.alexitalics.com
 
2008-05-12 03:25:21 AM  
FTFA: condition report was not immediately available.

Oooh, I'm gonna hazard a guess and say...acute stupidity brought on by a maliciously moronic lapse in judgement?

/They might have a pill for that in the near future...
 
2008-05-12 03:33:07 AM  
Juniper Jupiter:

/They might have a pill for that in the near future...


Cyanide capsule.
 
2008-05-12 03:40:22 AM  
Lets see...

1.) Bashed in the head by a speeding train. CHECK
2.) Hospitalized, condition unknown. CHECK

He's not out of the woods yet. If he's got a catastrophic head injury, he could wind up brain dead or Schiavo-esque. He could also end up dying from a blood clot.

Lets call him a Darwin Award Nominee... If he dies, he'll be awarded posthumously.
 
2008-05-12 03:46:46 AM  
I can never find my coins after setting them on the tracks.
 
2008-05-12 03:48:06 AM  
Who hasn't stopped by the rail tracks to crush some coins?
 
2008-05-12 04:02:53 AM  
actualhuman: Hey his fingers aren't icey... it's spring time in England these days.

Since when has DesMoines been in England? Or am I missing something?

BTW, it's hot, hot, hot down here
 
2008-05-12 04:14:24 AM  
sjbiars

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2008-05-12 04:29:38 AM  
sjbiars: If he dies, he'll be awarded posthumously.

Aren't all Darwin Awards awarded posthumously?
 
2008-05-12 04:30:01 AM  
sjbiars: Lets call him a Darwin Award Nominee... If he dies, he'll be awarded posthumously.

He's at least given a performance worthy of the Academy's recognition.
 
2008-05-12 04:39:00 AM  
veale728: sjbiars: If he dies, he'll be awarded posthumously.

Aren't all Darwin Awards awarded posthumously?


People also get them for injuring themselves in a certain way (i.e. no chance of crotchfruit).
 
2008-05-12 04:41:53 AM  
Wow.. the sjbiars trifecta is complete.

Lincey... If I had a newsletter, it would be a lot like TotalFark mixed with Fangoria and Hustler. There would also be a beer review section.

veale728... It is my understanding that there have been some award winners that survived, although they were incapacitated for the remainder of their lives.

puffy999... Agreed.
 
2008-05-12 05:48:42 AM  
sjbiars
Lets call him a Darwin Award Nominee... If he dies, he'll be awarded posthumously.


hmm...i'm not sure you're really getting your head around this whole Darwin Award concept.

;p
 
2008-05-12 06:54:11 AM  
The deaf population must be taught once and for all about the dangers of the train tracks. Won't someone please think of the deaf people.
 
2008-05-12 07:18:40 AM  
SatchmoR: actualhuman: Hey his fingers aren't icey... it's spring time in England these days.

Since when has DesMoines been in England? Or am I missing something?

BTW, it's hot, hot, hot down here


Darwin's icy fingers are buried in England, not Iowa. And by this time of year they've ... nevermind, it isn't as funny when you've got tot explain it.
 
2008-05-12 07:36:47 AM  
Those of us who live here spell it "Des Moines".
Two words.
Thanks.
 
2008-05-12 08:07:04 AM  
If some cataclysm damages our grasp of history and leaves only fragments, I really hope that some aspects of Charles Darwin make it into the new Grim Reaper myth.
 
2008-05-12 08:18:45 AM  
ultraholland: I can never find my coins after setting them on the tracks.

That's because properly affixing them to the track has probably never occurred to you. Use Duct Tape. One or two coins per stack at most (it gets trickier to do more than that, even though the effect is WAY cool), and you need to be careful about how you affix the tape. Other types of tape may have different results, but DT is pretty good.

This lessens (it is not 100%--nothing is unfortunately) the probability of the coin being flung halfway across the world. Remember, trains are big and coins are small. It's easy to lose one in the area around a train track, and 9/10 times the coin falls off the track before the train ever gets to hit it (vibrations are heavy). Taping is about the only way to prevent this.

/YMMV.
//Grew up right next to the tracks. Putting coins on them was revenge/right for the fact that the tracks were within 300 feet of my house and in the middle of the night that's as good as not having any insulation from the noise.
///I grew up with a lot of dreams about being hit by a train, for some reason.
////This guy's an idiot. Respect the train.
 
2008-05-12 08:37:53 AM  
Is there a market for train crushed coins?
I work for the NYC Transit and I was thinking of selling them on Ebay.
I've done it a couple of times while flagging....even took the before after pics as proof.

If the train is at slow speed you will not lose the coin.
 
2008-05-12 08:50:37 AM  
There was a guy in CT who got hit in the face by a train in front of his family when he was demonstrating why it is a bad idea to put coins on the track. When I heard about it I was in my college's cafeteria and I fell out of my seat laughing saying "He got hit... in the face... BY A TRAIN. Come on people, he got hit in the face by a train! That is hilarious." The girls I was with didn't find it too funny though.
 
2008-05-12 09:01:08 AM  
It's called a train penny. And yes, Norfolk Southern has helped me create them for over 45 years. Coal trains are the best, they'll mash it so thin you can almost see daylight through it.
 
2008-05-12 09:18:54 AM  
If someone told me that there were a Darwin nominee in a story about putting coins on train tracks, I would have guessed there was some mis-hap with a shooting coin. ... I would have been wrong :(
 
2008-05-12 11:04:48 AM  
Why does the media insist on calling things like this "accidents?" It ain't an accident, it's stupidity rewarded.
 
2008-05-12 11:11:15 AM  
i146.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-12 11:12:44 AM  
Yeah, but his head is facinatingly squashed out to to twice its usual size whilst retaining the impression of it's original features.
 
2008-05-12 11:34:15 AM  
i231.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-12 12:03:48 PM  
Getting hit by a train is nature's way of telling you to pay closer attention.
 
2008-05-12 01:07:03 PM  
Another tip that I would add is to be patient. If you get hit by the train, then you're not giving yourself enough time to get off the track.

Train victims deserve a special category of Darwin award. How hard is it to avoid something that doesn't turn?
 
2008-05-12 01:27:26 PM  
You should try it with a bullet sometime.

It's hard trying to get the thing to balance on the track as the train bears down on you.
 
2008-05-12 02:47:37 PM  
Thallone1: Darwin's icy fingers are buried in England, not Iowa. And by this time of year they've ... nevermind, it isn't as funny when you've got tot explain it.

That just made me want cheese tots from Sonic.
 
2008-05-12 02:47:42 PM  
AmTrak is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of Homeland Security funds to mount cameras on the front of train engines in order to determine the cause of deaths of people being hit by trains.
Watch & see if this guy or his family doesn't try to sue the railroad company.
Wonder how much he'd had to drink before this happened.
My guess: lots.
 
2008-05-12 04:57:18 PM  
He was just trying to set a trap for elderly ladies in wheelchairs. Sheesh.
 
2008-05-12 08:25:36 PM  
Don't fear the Reaper, Man.
Oh, and that bell, well, it tolls for thee.

Bwahaha
 
2008-05-12 10:03:43 PM  
My girlfriend's dad just retired from the railroad. He would always call the cops on folks that were walking down the tracks as a shortcut to places. He's seen a lot of accidents.

They usually involve someone who is drunk/drugged or suicidal or both. He was on a train that hit a mexican guy who was drunk. He had been walking down the tracks, fell over and passed out. They tried blowing the horn but it didn't wake him up. There was no way to stop the train in time.

There was also a spot that folks liked to commit suicide. It was in a wooded area around a turn, so by the time you could see someone on the tracks, it was too late to stop. They would just lie down on the tracks and wait to die. The police tried to patrol the area, as you could sort of see it from a nearby road. But there was no way to see if someone was there from the train until it was too late. Her dad became a maintenance supervisor, so he had to come down to the spot whenever someone committed suicide. It was the worst part of his job.

It seems like a rough way to go out, getting run over by a train.
 
2008-05-13 07:56:22 AM  
Oh, the railroad goes through the middle of the house Robert Wrisberg...
 
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