Thursday, April 16, 2009

Untrustworthy plant

A Polish man has plunged to his death from the cliffs of Devon in the UK while having his photograph taken. Usually it's the photographer who comes to grief in these situations, not taking notice as they take another step backward to "get the shot". In this instance, the man was posing for a photograph, holding on the cliff by a tuft of grass. Unfortunately, the grass gave way under his weight and he fell about 100m to his death. A couple of comments accompanying the report I read in the Daily Mail Online suggested that he could be a Darwin Award* candidate, and that the local council needs to employ an IPO (Idiot Prevention Officer). On a more serious note, this preventable tragedy has resulted in local authorities renewing their warnings that cliffs can be dangerous places, especially as a Russian tourist also fell to his death earlier the same day.
* "The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it." (Visit for past winners)

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