Bank robbers blast to Darwin award

2010-01-09 00:00

TWO bank robbers who blew themselves up trying to make a sizable withdrawal from an ATM have been declared the 2009 winners of the Darwin Awards.

Organisers say the annual “prize” is given to “those doing the most to improve the human gene pool … by removing themselves from it”.

This year the dubious first place went to the pair of bungling thieves in Belgium, who wildly over-estimated the amount of dynamite they needed to rob a bank.

The bankrobbers just edged ahead of Florida man Shawn Motero, who was stuck in a traffic jam when nature called. He got out of his car and jumped over a concrete wall to find a more secluded spot … but he was on a bridge and fell 20 metres to his death.

The first woman to be nominated for the award came in at third place.

Rosanne Tippett drove her moped through a police roadblock — straight into a flooded river.

After being rescued by police she jumped back into the water to rescue her vehicle — and drowned.

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