Give the man a Darwin Award

Ok, this story is not my typical blog topic, but it’s from my very own hometown – and so effectively illustrates why I don’t live there anymore.

Back in December, our local paper coincidentally ran the following two photos on its front page. The top photo depicts a local sign painter doing his artistic holiday thing, and getting a plug for his eponymous small business. Smart marketing, right?

But immediately below, we have a security photo of the suspect in the theft of a wallet at a gas station about a mile away:


Let’s see. . . where have we seen that man before. . . hmmmmmmmmm. . . take your time, kids.

A newspaper employee called the police about 3am; when confronted, the painter admitted to taking the wallet. However, he protested, “I didn’t do what the media has put out there. I’m not just a fat guy that walks around Zip Trip eating beef sticks and drinking coffee.”

To which I say, “Merry.”

Via: my mom.
Image: December 13, 2007 Lewiston Morning Tribune
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  1. #1 Anna
    February 24, 2008

    Good lord people are dumb!

  2. #2 R N B
    February 24, 2008

    It’s surely not (just) the man who deserves an award. Surely the editor of the paper deserves one too. A genuine one, that is very cunning placement, and the copy never explicitly links the two pictures – very good.

  3. #3 mdvlist
    February 24, 2008

    I know I read that story, but I must have missed its dateline or SURELY I would have clipped it for you!

  4. #4 blf
    February 24, 2008


    The Darwin Award “… honour[s] people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion.” (From Wikipedia.) This guy didn’t do that, so whilst he does seem to deserve an award for idiocy, it’s not a Darwin Award.


  5. #5 bioephemera
    February 24, 2008

    You are indeed correct, blf – but “Give the man a Darwin Award Honorable Mention” was just not as amusing a title. 😉

  6. #6 Isis the Scientist
    January 11, 2010

    That just made my entire life happy.

  7. #7 Kat Mandoo
    January 11, 2010

    Greek fisherman’s hat, sandy blond hair, got the right build. Rogue guy goatee and an inside insinuation of theft. All dancing around a blog post from nearly two years ago. The only thing that brought me here was the recent comment. All coincidence right? I think the reality is that AA would actually fear my contacting true critical thinkers and folks who are interested in science. BTW, didn’t bioephemera move to science blogs last fall? But, we can never get the “spiritual folks” at AA to admit that everything they do is about using science to create magical thinking and purported insanity due to an overwhelming number of obviously created coincidences.

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