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Evolution: Darwin Awards

May 23, 2007 044a

Mortal Insult

Rattler Got Your Tongue?

(1992, California) Snakes flick their forked tongues in the air to “smell” the world, collecting molecules and analyzing them by pressing their tongue tips into small olfactory pits. An inebriated twenty-year-old man, apparently unaware of this biological fact, took umbrage when a wild rattlesnake stuck out its tongue at him. Tit for tat! He held the rattler in front of his face and stuck his tongue out right back at it. The snake expressed its displeasure at this turn of events by biting the conveniently offered body part. The toxic venom swelled the man’s face and throat, choking him to death.

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Submitted by: Charlie Bowman, Roger Hess, Bonnie Bates
Reference: San Francisco Chronicle

Experts debate which species of venomous snake is most dangerous. It depends on how irritable the snake is, the toxicity of its venom, whether it delivers the venom reliably, and how likely the snake is to come into contact with humans.

Rattlesnakes certainly rank among the most dangerous of snakes. They often live in close proximity to humans, and some species can be quite irritable, particularly when they are cornered. Rattlesnakes have long, folding fangs which deliver venom deeply into the body. However, some rattlers fail to inject venom into the bite as frequently as 25% of the time. Young rattlesnakes are more likely to deliver a full load of venom, and are therefore more dangerous than their elders.

For those who value their looks as much as their life: remember, rattlesnake venom is disfiguring as well as deadly.

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Macho Men

Some men will go to extraordinary lengths to prove how macho they are. Frenchman Pierre Pumpille recently shunted a stationary car two feet by head-butting it. “Women thought I was a god,” he explained from his hospital bed.

Deity or not, however, Pumpille is a veritable girl’s blouse compared to Polish farmer Krystof Azninski, who staked a strong claim to being Europe’s most macho man by cutting off his own head in 1995. Azninski, 30, had been drinking with friends when it was suggested they strip naked and play some “men’s games”. Initially they hit each other over the head with frozen turnips, but then one man upped the ante by seizing a chainsaw and cutting off the end of his foot. Not to be outdone, Azninski grabbed the saw and, shouting “Watch this then,” he swung at his own head and chopped it off.

“It’s funny,” said one companion, “when he was young he put on his sister’s underwear. But he died like a man.”

http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1996-07.html

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