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Old 02-11-2004, 11:43 AM
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A Darwin Award DIY

Another post got me onto the Darwin Award site

http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/

"9 April 2003, New Zealand) Phil needed to make repairs to the underside of his car. But when he jacked it up, there wasn't enough room for him to work. So he removed the car's battery, placed the jack on top of it, and set to work again, this time with plenty of elbow-room.
Unfortunately for Phil, car batteries are not designed to carry much weight. The battery collapsed and the jack toppled, trapping him beneath the car. Unable to breathe due to the weight on his chest, he quickly expired in a pool of battery acid.

This incident is illuminated by two additional facts: First, Phil's occupation was Accident Prevention Officer at a large food processing plant. And second, ten years previous, he had been working under a car when the jack collapsed, trapping him and breaking one of his legs. Some people just don't learn -- even from their own mistakes."

Remember a GOOD set of jack stands. Batterys don't qualify.

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Old 02-11-2004, 11:58 AM
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Yeah. They don't make batteries like they used to.
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Old 02-12-2004, 12:36 AM
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The odd thing about that story is that the battery must have supported the car's weight for at least a short period of time, actually pretty amazing.
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Old 02-12-2004, 03:23 AM
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Maybe we ought to get our school systems to drop computer classes and re-institute metal and woodworking shop classes.
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Old 02-12-2004, 04:26 AM
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The battery actually had 5 more cells than that guys brain!
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