Darwin Award Near Miss

Acclaimed Author, David Eddings, almost became an entry for the Darwin Awards. Luckily, he survived his stupidity. (Though at age 75, he may not meet the technical eligibilty requirements anyway.)

An acclaimed novelist lost his office in Carson City on Thursday when he threw a lit piece of paper into gasoline.

Fantasy writer David Eddings, 75, said he was using water to flush out the gas tank of his broken-down Excalibur sports car, when some fluid leaked. In a lapse of judgment he readily admitted, Eddings lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable. The answer came in an orange torrent.