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    Darwin Award Nominees

    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsar...IA-GRENADE.xml

    BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) - A hand grenade being used instead of a ball in a game of catch exploded early on Saturday killing three youths in this Bosnian town, police and news agencies said.
    Two youths aged 19 and 20, one of them from neighboring Croatia, were killed instantly while a 20-year-old woman died on her way to hospital, police said. Her sister was slightly injured but two other youths suffered serious injuries.
    The blast occurred at 2:00 a.m. in the western town of Novi Grad at a place in the town center frequented by youngsters. Police said an inquiry was under way and declined further comment. It was not clear why the grenade exploded.
    ONASA news agency quoted witnesses as saying the youths tossed the hand grenade to each other before it exploded in the hands of one of them.
    Bosnia is awash with illegal weapons left over from the 1992-95 war and tragic incidents are frequent despite several successful campaigns by international peacekeepers and police to get people to hand over illegal weapons.
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    Re: Darwin Award Nominees

    (Reuters) It was not clear why the grenade exploded.
    Uh... perhaps because grenades are manufactured to explode? And this is more likely to happen if you pick up the grenade and play pass with it. Next question...
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    Re: Darwin Award Nominees

    Four-Year degrees in journalism and they can't figure out why hand grenades explode.

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    So when an object works to specification, it is all of a sudden "unclear" why it worked?
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintmered
    So when an object works to specification, it is all of a sudden "unclear" why it worked?
    There was this woman who came into speak at our law school in favor of gun control. She ranted, angrily, about how the gun lobbiests had successfully pushed through all sorts of legislation that made gun companies "above the law." She cited, as an example, the fact that you cannot sue gun manufacturers for product liability when someone gets shot and injured/killed the way you can when other products cause the death of people.

    I guess she, or no one else in her organization, managed to consider that when someone pulls the trigger of a gun, the bullet fires, and the person standing in front of the gun dies -- that means the gun functioned exactly as it was supposed to.
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    Re: Darwin Award Nominees

    Well, obviously the grenade must have malfunctioned because at that time it was intended to be a ball, not an explosive device.

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    Four-Year degrees in journalism and they can't figure out why hand grenades explode.
    Unfortunately that reporter isn't eligible for the Darwin Award.
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    Re: Darwin Award Nominees

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
    There was this woman who came into speak at our law school in favor of gun control. She ranted, angrily, about how the gun lobbiests had successfully pushed through all sorts of legislation that made gun companies "above the law." She cited, as an example, the fact that you cannot sue gun manufacturers for product liability when someone gets shot and injured/killed the way you can when other products cause the death of people.

    I guess she, or no one else in her organization, managed to consider that when someone pulls the trigger of a gun, the bullet fires, and the person standing in front of the gun dies -- that means the gun functioned exactly as it was supposed to.
    I expect she and her organization know that but they don't care.
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