Potential Winner of a Darwin Award? – 27 September 2010
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek ‘honour’, given to people who “do a service to humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool”. This means, in short, idiots who lose the ability to reproduce – most commonly by dying.
Previous winners have included a juggler (who juggled live hand grenades), a man who filmed skydivers (who jumped out of the plane without a parachute), and someone who tried to prove that a window was unbreakable (it wasn’t – he crashed through it and fell to his death).
But you may be thinking ‘Ah, this is all very well, but why’s there a picture of a very young Andrew on a Segway?’ Let me explain.
Yesterday, Jimi Heselden (the owner of the UK division of Segway®) was found dead in the River Wharfe in Yorkshire. Sad as this is, with him was a “Segway-type” vehicle. It is believed, therefore, that he rode the scooter off a cliff, and fell into the river.
Further details are not yet clear. It is unsure whether it was suicide or an accident. His family have asked for privacy at this time.