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In an increasingly global world, it was only a matter of time before the U.S.A. would get some stiff competition in the unofficial dumb-crook Olympics competition.

For the first time in recent memory, this year's "Darwin Award" for the criminally challenged goes to a couple of master-class Belgian knuckleheads.

For the uninitiated, the Darwin Awards are named in honor of Charles Darwin, father of evolution, to "commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it," according to the competition's organizers. The awards are usually bestowed posthumously.

The winner for 2009 was a rare Double Darwin, says Wendy Northcutt of the Darwin Awards.

Last fall, a pair of would-be thieves hatched a plan to withdraw cash from an ATM machine by using dynamite.

"They overestimated the quantity of dynamite needed for the explosion," the Darwin citation notes. "The blast demolished the building the bank was housed in."

Rescue workers rushed one bomb burglar to the hospital, where he promptly died. Belgian rescue workers and police assumed the second got away until they found his lifeless body in the rubble some hours later.


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