Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Darwin Awards




A Darwin Award is an honour given for people who "do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool" (i.e. lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in a stupid fashion). Wendy Northcutt, author of the books and theories, explains that "The Awards honor people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion."

There's some rules to win one of these awards:

Inability to reproduce
:
Nominee must be dead or rendered sterile.
Excellence:
Astoundingly stupid judgment.
Self-selection
:
Cause of one's own demise.
Maturity
:
Capable of sound judgment.
Veracity
:
The event must be verified.
Examples of Darwin award winners include:


  • Juggling active hand grenades (Croatia, 2001)
  • Leaving a lit cigarette in a warehouse full of explosives (Philippines, 1999)
  • Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (US, 1987)
  • Trying to get enough light to look down the barrel of a loaded muzzleloader gun using a cigarette lighter (US, 1996),
  • Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003),
  • Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically reloads the next round into the chamber.
  • or attempting Russian roulette with an unexploded landmine.
They even made a movie about it.
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