4th Runner Up: Robert Puelo, 32, was apparently being disorderly in a St. Louis market. When the clerk threatened to call police, Puelo grabbed a hot dog, shoved it in his mouth, and walked out without paying for it. Police found him unconscious in front of the store: paramedics removed the six-inch wiener from his throat, where it had choked him to death.
3rd Runner Up: To poacher Marino Malerba of Spain, who shot a stag standing above him on an overhanging rock-and was killed instantly when it fell on him.
2nd Runner Up: Man Loses Face at Party. A man at a West Virginia party popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. "Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery, and was trying to explode it," Payne said. "It wouldn't go off and this guy said, "I'll show you how to set it off." "He put it in his mouth and bit down. It blew all his teeth off, his tongue and his lips," Payne said. Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesman at Charleston Area Medical Division. "I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that," Payne said.
1st Runner Up: Doctors at Portland's University Hospital said an Oregon man shot through the skull by a hunting arrow is lucky to be alive, and will be released soon from the hospital. Tony Roberts, 25, lost his right eye last weekend during an initiation into a men's rafting club, Mountain Men Anonymous, in Grants Pass, Ore. A friend tried to shoot a beer can off his head, but the arrow entered Roberts' right eye.Doctors said had the arrow gone 1 millimeter to the left, a major blood vessel would have been cut and Roberts would have died instantly. Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw at the University Hospital in Portland said the arrow went through 8 to 10 inches of brain, with the tip protruding at the rear of his skill, yet somehow managed to miss all major blood vessels. Delashaw also said had Robert tried to pull the arrow out on his own he surely would have killed himself. Roberts admitted afterwards he and his friends had been drinking that afternoon. Said Roberts, "I feel so dumb about this." No charges have been filed but the Josephine County district attorney's office said the initiation stunt is under investigation.
THE WINNERS: (The late) John Pernicky and his friend, (the late) Sal Hawkins, of the great state
of Washington, who decided to attend a local Metallica concert at the Amphitheater at Gorge,
Washington. Having no tickets (but 18 beers among them) they thought it would be easy enough
to hop over the nine foot high fence and sneak into the show. The two friends pulled their pickup
truck over to the fence and the plan was for John --100 pounds heavier than Sal - to hop over, and
then assist his friend over the fence. Unfortunately for John, there was a 30 foot drop on the other
side of the fence. Having heaved himself over, he found himself crashing through a tree. His fall
was abruptly halted by a large branch which snagged him by his shorts. Dangling from the tree,
with one arm broken, John looked down and saw a group of bushes below him. Possibly figuring
the bushes would break his fall, John removed his pocket knife and proceeded to cut away his
shorts to free himself from the tree. Finally free, John crashed below into Holly bushes. The sharp
leaves scratched his entire body and now being without his shorts, he was the unwilling victim of a
holly branch penetrating his rectal cavity. To make matters worse, his pocket knife proceeded to
with him and landed three inches into his left thigh. Seeing his friend in considerable pain and agony, Sal decided to throw him a rope and pull him to safety by tying the rope to the pickup truck and slowly driving away. However, in his drunken state, Sal put the truck into reverse rather than first, and crashed through the fence, landing on and killing his friend. Sal was thrown from the truck, suffered massive internal injuries and died at the scene. Police arrived to find a pickup truck with its driver thrown 100 feet from the truck. Upon moving the truck, they found John under it, half naked, with scratches, a holly stick up his rectum, a knife in his thigh, and his shorts dangling from the tree branches 25 feet in the air.