California) Wendy Darwin Northcutt, writer of humorous obituaries and
author of five Darwin Awards books, nearly made her own dark list when she
broke her leg devising a clever way to cool the house. During a California
heat wave, she opened up a grate in the hallway intending to install a fan
to force basement air up. The phone rang and, forgetting about the hole in
the floor, three hours passed before she wandered down the hall and fell
into it. Crunch!
A broken leg was the price she paid for the lesson:
Never walk away from a hole in the floor.
Reader Neil Clark: "I'd RECOMMEND walking away from holes.
It's turning around and walking back that's dangerous..." Reader Richard
Scott: "Sorry to hear about you leg but I bet you are happy that it was you
who entered the report..." Stephanie
Bonds: "If you can walk away from such a "grate" experience, I want you
as my friend!" "Be 'grate'ful.""
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Reference: Personal account by the author of the Darwin Awards, whose
integrity is beyond reproach.