One of the perks of living in a small town is that life generally is pretty calm and quite. Most people move here because they want away from the hustle, bustle, and chaos that comes with the big city. However, even in our little town, we have our share of mishaps. Now, you may have heard of the Darwin Awards, unfortunate, silly stories of how people have met their demise. Our little town has a similar yearly award for the most unique accident that took place that year. Every year on October 31st the whole town votes to decide on a winner. That person ends up getting a little embarrassed but also gets a $100 gift certificate to any restaurant in town that they would like. In honor of the upcoming vote, I wanted to highlight a few winners from years past.
A quick disclaimer, this is all done in jest. We hope the best for everyone who wins this award. If anyone is seriously injured in an accident, we highly recommend that they get a highly qualified personal injury attorney like these guys in Orange County. They can help you with any type of accident and make sure that your family is taken care of!
With that, onto some of our favorite accidents from over the years:
3 – The Horse and Buggy – 1836
The was the first-ever accident award and goes all the way back to 1836. The Smith’s were getting the wheels on their buggy replaced. As the buggy repairman was taking off the second wheel a snake crawled out from the bush and frightened the horse. The horse, who unfortunately was still tied to the buggy, took off running and was dragging the wheel-less buggy behind him. He went right down Main Street knocking over food and flower stands. Luckily, nobody was injured, but a lot of those stands had to be rebuilt and the buggy itself was pretty damaged. The horse eventually got worn down by dragging that buggy around town and finally settled for a rest under the apple tree at the end of the way.
2 – The Golf Ball Surprise – 1994
This one was a classic. In the summer of ‘93, the chicken population exploded in the town, which led to a huge surplus of eggs the following year. There were so many eggs nobody knew what to do with all of them. It became a running gag in town to replace common objects with eggs. Well, at the big summer golf tournament, one of the caddies was going to surprise his golfer by placing an egg on the tee instead of a golf ball. He thought everyone would get a good laugh seeing the egg exploded when it was hit. Unbeknownst to him, his wife had replaced all of his normal eggs with hard boiled ones! So when the golfer hit it, instead of exploding, it shot off of the tee like a rocket! He ended up getting a hole-in-one! It is still the greatest golf shot this town has ever seen.
1 – The Apple Pie – 1961
As you all know, this town is known for our great apple trees and every fall there is the town favorite Apple Pie Cook Off. Well, back in 1961, it was tradition to bake the apple pie and then place it on the window sill to cool off. There are so many pies sitting out that the whole town smells simply delicious. On this fateful day, Mrs. Johnson (the one that lives on Main Street) had her pie sitting out on the window for everyone to see and smell. Jimmy Olson just happened to be riding his skateboard down the sidewalk and trip on a crack right in front of the window. His arms were flailing as he tried to catch his balance and he smacked that apple pie sending it flying out into the street. Just as that happened, Mayor Humphrey was walking by and the pie hit him straight in the face! It was a one in a million shot! Thankfully everyone was okay. Mrs. Johnson made a new pie and ended up taking 2nd place that year!
I hope you enjoyed these stories! We’re all excited to see who the winner this year is going to be! Good luck (or not) to everyone!
And remember if you do get in an accident, make sure you go to the best attorney you can find.
You can meet with the ones we mentioned earlier here:
Guldjian & Fasel Accident Attorneys
600 Anton Blvd #1700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626