Idiots in the News - from the Darwin Awards

Just a couple of short ones here to lighten the last afternoon before your long weekend.

"A 27-year-old policeman fell to his death when he accidentally piloted a powerful speedboat over 165-foot high Loskop Dam near Johannesburg."
Reuters, South Africa

"A woman chasing a rat with a lit roll of paper, set her bed ablaze and narrowly escaped from the smoke-filled apartment with her life, at the Royal Beechnut Apartments in Houston."
ABC13 and KTRK, Texas

"An off-duty Los Angeles police officer accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun, and was treated for a groin injury at a nearby hospital."

"People injured or killed in the Michigan firearms deer season include a Bay City man shot in the leg while trying to photograph his dog holding a rifle, which accidentally went off."
28 November 2000, Michigan Live

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