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Suggest a challenge which is guaranteed to kill as many contestants as possible.
A helicopter challenge is a good start.
Besides the obvious difficulty of bodging together an extremely complicated flying machine with a potentially decapitating high-speed rotating blade together in under 10 hours, why not make it even more complicated and likely to kill as many people as possible by requiring some insane task like picking up all the team members one by one and carrying them to a goal?
The truly deranged can recommend an ejection seat or parachute as "safety mechanisms".
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-- Dan Hollis (email@example.com), January 28, 2001
I like your sense of humor Dan. Some of these challenge Ideas really make you wonder. "Hey how about see a challenge where you strap one of the team members in a chair and blow it up. The one who goes the highest wins." Points taken off for dismemberment!
-- Duane Flatmo,Art Attack (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 28, 2001.
Hey,I like that! Maybe it should be strap your team member to a make shift rocket sled pointed at a block wall......the winner is determined by how long it takes to scrape them off,extra points given for the camera crew and spectators that look like a half melted Barbie doll after getting too close to the fireball.....
-- The Zipper (email@example.com), January 28, 2001.
No Duane, Ya get EXTRA points for dismemberment. The more blood the better, Just kiddin. That reminds me of a story though,that a lady friend of mine told me about. She had this huge draft horse when she was a kid that had died. They needed to bury it but had no way to move this large draft type horse but her dad had been dynamiting for gold at the mine he worked at & had a little left over. So he used about 2 1/2 sticks to blow a hole big enough to bury the huge horse in, but couldn't roll the horse over to get it in the hole. So he thought he would use a small charge to roll the large horse over into the hole. So he put 1/4 stick next to the horse & touched it off. But the large horse didn't move. So he tried 1/2 stick, but again the horse only moved a little . So this time he thought he would make sure that he got the horse in the hole so he used a stick & 1/2 and touched it off. Well as it turned out that was a little to much as it rained dead horse parts for about 500ft in all directions. But he had not trouble putting what was left in the large hole. But she said it smelled something terrible around there for about 2 weeks.
-- Rick The Rocket (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 28, 2001.
Hey Rick, That might of worked with our rocket actually...
-- Duane flatmo (email@example.com), January 29, 2001.
Rick's story sounds like an urban-legendized version of the "exploding whale" story, immortalized by Dave Barry. Do a search for the word "splud" on any search engine and you'll easily find it. A few of the sites, such as this one even have links to the original 1970 news video, but you don't see much in the way of flying whale bits in it. PV
-- PV (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2001.
The link I just posted got a space stuck in it by greenspun (bad word wrapping I think). The actual link is:
-- PV (email@example.com), January 29, 2001.
Dangit! Remove that space too.
-- PV (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2001.
The natural evolution of this idea is to combine Junkyard Wars with the Darwin awards,thus demonstrating the pinacle of human ingenuity,and the pitfalls of devastating ignorange,all wraped-up in one spine-tingeling,rate-grabing show!
-- Alan Donohue (A-Donohue@Webtv.net), January 29, 2001.
Well PV this event took place a few years before (about 1950's) your whale of a story, but it just goes to prove that sometimes smart people do dumb things. I had heard of this story also but hadn't ever seen the video tape, Tnx for posting it.
Rick The Rocket (Future Junky)
-- Rick The Rocket (email@example.com), January 29, 2001.
I wasn't questioning the voracity  of your lady friend, just pointing out an interesting parallel (also to note why "splud" is the first word I use when testing a new search engine...). Since you were hearing the story from the horses's mouth  I'm sure it was true, but one more remove and I would have laughed it off. PV
 Inside joke of the urban legends newsgroup.  So to speak.
-- pv (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2001.
I think you could use one of those dummies, wouldn't be as much fun as actually blowing someone up or seeing how many contestants that could be killed.
But how about seriously wounding a contestant, then have them set up a junk yard operating room, along with making or finding the equiptment to operate on the victim, uh contestant. I can't believe I am responding to this, too funny...
-- Richard James Retey (email@example.com), January 29, 2001.
So I guess you're suggesting the warriors build a junkyard heart-lung machine? Or are you proposing they build a junkyard bionic man, complete with a big metal ass?
-- TL (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 30, 2001.
Teams build and ride in deep diving subs. First team to implode wins.
-- Mark Richter (email@example.com), January 30, 2001.
Each team has to build a working landmine. The team has four chairs and the land mine is placed on one chair. Then they play musical chairs until one person is left. The remaining single member from each team is then checked out. the one with the least amount of shrapnel....wins!
-- Duane Flatmo (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 30, 2001.