Man who set himself on fire near White House has died: officials

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  1. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    what the hell is wrong with people?
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-set-himself-fire-near-110522374.html
     
  2. benshive macrumors regular

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    It's a shame he died before we could present him with his Darwin award
     
  3. Khalanad75 macrumors 6502

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    Not sure you know how "Darwin Awards" work.

    Lighting oneself on fire is much more of a deliberate act with an expected conclusion.
     
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    I saw this on Twitter and thought it was a Florida man meme at first.
     
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    You are correct if the man's goal was to kill himself.

    If it was just a stunt and the man expected to put the fire out, then it was worthy of a Darwin award.
     
  6. benshive macrumors regular

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    “The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.”
     
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    Going on the same wiki page;

    Bolded portion.
     
  8. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    The big question no one seems to want to ask is WHY? I might be grasping at straws, but it might be some sort of political protest. They're deliberately doing the self immolation thing in front of the White House.

    The last time I can recall of someone setting themselves on as a political protest was during the Vietnam war--the famous Burning Monk.
     
  9. raqball macrumors 68000

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    Some here like to word pick everything thus derailing the thread.. I understood what you meant...

    Word picking aside and back on topic....

    The article does not list much information.. I wonder if this was done as a political protest or just some nut who wanted his 15 minutes of fame.
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    I read a different article where it said he had been reported missing earlier in the day and that police were concerned for his safety...

    https://nypost.com/2019/05/30/arnav-gupta-man-who-set-himself-on-fire-near-white-house-dies/

    *snip*

    Gupta had been reported missing just hours earlier on Wednesday. The Montgomery County Police Department said in a Facebook post that Gupta was last seen by family when he left his home around 9:20 a.m.

    Police said they were concerned for his physical and emotional welfare.
     
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    Seems to me it happened more recently in Tunis. People took notice. Tunisia and a couple of neighboring countries experienced changes in national leadership.
     
  11. bambooshots macrumors 65816

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    Those countries don’t have American Idol or the Bachelor/Bachelorette.

    His life was for naught.
     

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