Our First Darwin Award

This is something we’ve always avoided, because the Darwin Award is a misuse of Darwin’s name. According to Wikipedia, the Darwin award is:

a tongue-in-cheek honor … to recognize individuals who contribute to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool through putting themselves (unnecessarily) in life-threatening situations

Nevertheless, today’s news is just too good to ignore. In the Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Montana we read Sasquatch stunt takes a tragic turn on highway. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

A man dressed in a military-style “Ghillie suit” who was attempting to provoke a Bigfoot sighting was struck by two vehicles and killed on U.S. 93 South of Kalispell Sunday night.

You can see a selection of Ghillie suits here: Ghillie Suit Warehouse. They’re intended for military snipers. Let’s read on:

“He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider said. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him.”

Who was this misguided fellow? The story informs us:

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell.

And how did this natural selection event occur? The story continues:

Tenley was on the southbound side of the highway, about a half mile south of the highway’s intersection with Rocky Point Road. “He was in the right-hand lane of travel and the vehicle was unable to avoid him and struck him,” Schneider said of the first vehicle driven by a 15-year-old girl from Somers. A second vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Somers girl also struck Tenley as he laid on the highway.

The comments after the article aren’t very sympathetic. We can’t imagine why.

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11 responses to “Our First Darwin Award

  1. Next time someone like Ole Hambo is staging a public event, I think we should all attend in full Ghillie Suit regalia…

  2. Pete Moulton

    Hey, SC! Thanks for the link to the Ghillie Suit Warehouse! Believe it or not, I’ve been looking for a good ghillie suit that matches my desert environs, for wildlife photography, you know.

    Of course, Mr Tenley made the serious mistake of thinking people would actually see him in the suit; but as everyone knows, ghillie suits are camouflage par excellence, and he’d have been near-invisible to oncoming drivers.

  3. I feel sorry for the teenagers who have to live with the guilt of killing this hominid.

  4. megalonyx says: “Next time someone like Ole Hambo is staging a public event, I think we should all attend in full Ghillie Suit regalia…”

    For Hambo, this would be a more appropriate costume.

  5. retiredsciguy

    Diogenes: “I feel sorry for the teenagers who have to live with the guilt of killing this hominid.”

    Especially the 15-year-old — what a way to get caught driving underage without a license! (Or can you get a driver’s license in Montana at 15?)

  6. retiredsciguy

    The Curmudgeon “For Hambo, this would be a more appropriate costume.”

    Who was that James Bond character? Her last name was Galore, but what was her first name? I just can’t seem to remember…was it Kitty? No, that’s not right… hmmm.

  7. retiredsciguy says: “Especially the 15-year-old”

    I donno if she had a valid license, but still … how guilty should she feel about hitting a man who was wearing a camouflage suit while standing in the road at night?

  8. retiredsciguy asks: “Who was that James Bond character?”

    Oh yeah. Her name was … uh, it’s right at the tip of — oh, never mind.

  9. retiredsciguy

    “uh, it’s right at the tip of —”

    Oh, that’s good! Very tasty comment, indeed.

  10. FYI: In Montana, you can get a learner’s permit at 14 1/2. There are a number of conditions on that, but a primary one is that they must have a licensed driver (18 or older) with them in the vehicle. It’s possible to get a full, unrestricted license at age 16.

  11. I’m gonna a dinosaur costume and run around the ICR headquarters. Look for pictures of me in the next issue of “Acts and Facts”!