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Death by Stupidity

Monday, March 5, 2012, 21:42 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I'm with StupidThe Darwin Awards were made for people like this, but I’m not sure the creators expected people to, you know, try to win.

A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive, police said Monday.

Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24, buried himself over the weekend with the help of family and friends in a trench sealed with wood and soil in the town of Kantale, about 137 miles (220 kilometers) north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. A local newspaper reported that the trench was 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

Basnayake was buried at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said that when he was brought to the surface at 4 p.m., he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

What a great case study for the nature/nurture debate. It wasn’t merely one individual devoid of common sense who executed his foolish plan; no, he was assisted by family and friends. Could that population be predisposed to boneheadedness, or is there something in the water? Maybe it’s both.

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