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November 18, 2008

Darwin Award nominee of the day

by Feòrag

England: A Portsmouth man has died after his imaginary friend told him not to seek treatment for a minor injury to his foot.

Russell Jenkins injured his left foot treading on an electrical plug at his home.

The wound later became infected, but the 52-year-old shunned conventional treatment, saying his 'inner being' told him not to go to hospital.

Instead he tried treating it with honey, an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds.

He refused treatment even when an enormous ulcer developed.

Healer dies after failing to treat a foot woundThe News, 17th November 2009.


Posted in Science Fiction at 21:16. Last modified on November 18 2008 at 21:22.
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1: Posted by: G. Tingey | November 19, 2008 10:22 AM

It is a pity that Coroner's Courts do not have a verdict:
"Died of his/her own stupidity"

Of which this is an obvious case.

2: Posted by: Feòrag | November 19, 2008 12:14 PM

I thought that was what a verdict of "misadventure" meant?

3: Posted by: G. Tingey | November 20, 2008 8:45 AM

Not necessarily.

It can also mean that there was a set of unforseen circumstances, for which no-one was to blame, which resulted in person(s) being killed.
This is why we have people like the AAIB and what used to be called HM Railway Inspectorate - now the RAIB.
The latter went through an awful phase, when they were part of the H&SI, where they were DETERMINED to BLAME someone ....

The classic case was the Hull (Paragon) railway accident of 14/02/1927 ....

Wax lyrical

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