Darwin Awards in print

People from the shallow end of the gene pool head for the showers

The Darwin Awards are now in print for the first time.

The book is a clear demonstration that human evolution has not taken us much further than lemmings and details the continuing effects of the struggle to pass on our genes. The book details the exploits of those who never really got to grips with the dangers of the modern world.

For example: A thief who steals electrical wires without shutting off the current, a would-be pilot who suspends his lawnchair from helium balloons, a man who illuminates the inside of a petrol canister with a cigarette lighter. Also worthy of mention is the ill fated pair who decided to re-enact the William Tell archery demo and a game of Russian Roulette involving a semi-automatic pistol.

Apart from "good grief" there is very little more one can say.

The author, Wendy Northcutt, is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she gained a degree in molecular biology. She started collecting candidates for the awards in 1993.

We look forward to hearing about the first person that misuses the book to inflict a fatal paper cut upon themselves. ®

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