You may have come across the Darwin Awards, which go annually to eejits who kill themselves in spectacularly stupid ways.
I had to laugh on hearing the recently announced 2008 winner was a Catholic priest. Now THAT's Darwinism!
Reverend Adelir Antonio di Carli had been trying to break a record for the longest time in-flight with party balloons when he disappeared on April 20th, 2008. He staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers.
Wearing a helmet, aluminum thermal flight-suit, water proof coveralls and parachute, the cleric set off over the ocean from Brazil in a mad contraption suspended only by 1,000 helium-filled balloons. He was reported missing about eight hours later after calling on a mobile phone to say he was crashing into the sea. Three months later his body was discovered off the south-eastern coast of Brazil.
Just a shame he was flying solo. There's a 'retired' Nazi in Rome many would love to see 'test his faith' in a similar fashion.
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