The Lawyer Wanted to Prove That The Glass in The Skyscraper Was Unbreakable

The Lawyer Wanted to Prove That The Glass in The Skyscraper Was Unbreakable

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The Darwin Prize is an award for people who have lost their lives through their stupid actions. In 1993, Canadian Garry Hoy was one of its “holders”. He probably won’t pick up the price anymore …

Garry Hoy (1955–1993) was a Canadian lawyer who worked for Holden Day Wilson in Toronto. He often organized excursions for a group of trainees in the Toronto-Dominion Center. His favorite piece to entertain the audience was a demonstration of the unbreakability of windows. He proved it by throwing himself on the glass very quickly and with all his weight. He did this trick at almost every inspection, but on July 9, 1993, it simply failed. Garry fell out of a 24th-floor skyscraper and did not survive the fall.

As the police investigation later revealed, it was not the broken glass that was to blame, but the window frame, which simply did not withstand the onslaught. Many people were surprised that just such a light impact was enough to break the glass.

It is questionable whether there is a human or technical aspect, but it is certain that the company has lost a good employee. In addition, this “advertisement” contributed to the gradual end of the whole company. The unreal event was hardly taken not only by the company, but also by family and friends. Fortunately, Garry had no children and lived with his wife separately.

This incident inspired the creative film Darwin Prize (2006).


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