Killer Sheds

There’s a book that sits in my toilet, and I’m sure many others, called The Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards are for those that are deemed to have done evolution a favour by their departure and dedicated to those that have left this mortal coil in the dumbest way.

A startling amount of these award winners involve garden sheds.

For example..

Over in France this February, a 71-year old pensioner decided to illuminate his shed and garden with power siphoned from the National Grid. The Frenchman illegally opened a major power junction box at the front of his maison to hard-wire a cable to his garden shed. While it was raining. He was electrocuted declared dead at the scene.

Another shed victim

Another shed victim

There’s an honorable mention to a man who, in 2002, was hell-bent on defending his shed. To prevent burglars breaking into his shed in Holland, the man built a booby trap, using ropes and a shotgun aimed at the door. Now, anyone who’s ever seen a cartoon knows this is a bad idea.

However, this 66-year-old obviously hadn’t and was so proud of his work he demonstrated his trap to two friends. His well constructed booby trap managed to shoot him in the abdomen and lower arm. The man only gains an honourable mention as an emergency operation saved him.

Makes you wonder what he had in his shed, turned out it was 15 full grown marijuana plants.

At least it wasn’t a grenade…

Back in 2005 a semi-retired Croatian man decided to head to his shed and create a tool for cleaning the chimney. It was too tall a task for ta broom but if he could attach a brush to a chain and weigh it down with something… that might work. But with what? Well why not a grenade? Yep. It’s small, heavy and made of metal so it could be welded to the chain.

Doesn’t matter that it’s full of explosive, right? Again; anyone who’s seen a cartoon… When the welding torch heated the metal of the grenade it exploded, killing the man instantly, destroying the shed and the Mercedes parked outside.

Of course, there’s lessons to learn here. Don’t try messing with the national power grid, especially in the rain. Don’t smoke a lot weed and keep shotguns and don’t take explosives into your garden sheds to heat them up. Or heat them up at all.

Which begs the question: What was this guy thinking?


Flammable gas canister, damp environment, shed… better prepare the Darwin Award.


  1. Are you sure you didn’t make this stuff up?

    It is just hard to believe that someone could be so stupid to put a blowtorch on a hand grenade.

  2. All true, the Darwin Awards are all verified. There’s plenty that are unconfirmed though. I’m sure people have done plenty of even more stupid things – these were just the ones involving the seemingly innocent garden shed – because it seems like a good idea at the time.

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