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Death of Dracula 
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A college student costumed himself as Dracula for Halloween. As a finishing touch, he put a pine board down the front of his shirt so he could "realistically" sink a knife into the board and pretend he was transfixed by a vampire-killing stake. He didn't consider the strength of the thin pine board when he tapped the knife in with a hammer.

Propelled by the force of the hammer, the sharp blade split the soft wood and buried itself in his heart. He staggered from his dorm room into the Halloween party, gasping, "I really did it!" before succumbing.

Related Darwin Award: Modern Armor
Related Personal Account: Flak Vest Test © 1994 - 2017

Submitted by: Wendy Renee and ArnoNcarl

Reference: Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William R. Maples, Ph.D., 1994


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