Thursday, May 10, 2012

Darwin Award

Hotter Copper Whopper
2011 Darwin Award Nominee
Confirmed True by Darwin

(3 July 2011, Leeds, UK.) Thief! How, many, thieves, have, to die, to prove that you shouldn't steal copper wire? Besides the risk, it's not right to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, for hundreds of dollars in profit. HEY YOU IMMORAL IDIOTS, It makes bad environmental sense to destroy more than you recoup. Angry lecture!

Copper Kills! CE Electric UK recently began marking the copper using 'SmartWater' technology to deter malicious, costly vandalism. American Electric Power is converting from copper grounding wire to copper-clad steel wire that has little scrap value and is tougher to cut.

Knowing that species evolve, why are we so dumb? Like Darwin's Finches, humans are filling the 'new islands' (evolutionary niches) created by our civilization, and our mutations are being tuned by each self-limiting step we take.

Which brings me to a Leeds teenager, who at 16 became a deceased Darwin Award winner by making one such self-limiting step. Copper theft is a killer, and also a nuisance. CE Electric UK has dealt with 279 incidents in the last year in West Yorkshire. They plead, "We are pleading with thieves to think about the consequences and how much they are risking for such a small return. DANGER OF DEATH signs are posted for a reason!"

Stealing copper? Fast track train to Charles Darwin's heavenly estate. "Welcome home, Leeds teen. You were old enough to know better!" Sometimes a friend has to cram life into too few years, but we comfort ourselves knowing that his destiny was to serve as a warning to others.

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  1. That is all very ineresting. Sounds like maybe it is not a good idea to steal copper. Don't think I will try anyway. Have a great day.

  2. This clearly warns against stealing copper! I won't be among those taking such a risk! LOL Have a good day Sandee!

  3. A thief is a thief. Period.

    Hope you're enjoying your vacation, honey! Big hugs xoxo

  4. Have a great day today!!! Tomorrow, too! Looks like it's sunny here. Hope it is down your way, too!

  5. Have a great day today!!! Tomorrow, too! Looks like it's sunny here. Hope it is down your way, too!

  6. Energized ground wire will do it every time. As soon as he cut it he became the ground.

  7. oh no! well crime does not pay, truly...

    smiles, bee

  8. Unfortunately, many teens believe that they are 10' tall and bullet proof.

  9. We are having allot of problems around here with thieves stealing copper. But I agree with Barb, a thief is a thief no matter what their stealing. I detest a thief more then I do a liar, and that's bad!

    Have an awesome day ((HUGS))

  10. On a side note: when is the US government going to stop flushing money down the toilet by making pennies. Because of the price of copper, it costs nearly two cents for each penny made. Canada is quitting the penny by the end of this year, and so should we. A penny just doesn't by anything.

  11. It at least thins the herd! But still sad. Idiots!

    Have a great day. Hugs from the road, honey...

  12. I have no remorse for the loss of this thief, Sandee. Good post. :)

  13. a young village idiot who won't be returning home

  14. Sad that people are so stupid.

  15. Sad, but shows exactly how kids think they are invincible!
    Janet :)

  16. The sad and crazy things is that it wont/hasn't served as warning to other crooks! There will always be people who want something for nothing, who want easy money no matter what the risks are!


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