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The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction Hardcover – October 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Darwin Awards
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951919
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology, Wendy Northcutt began collecting the stories that make up the Darwin Awards in 1993. Her award-winning Web site www.DarwinAwards.com is one of the most popular humor pages on the Web. The Darwin Awards have been profiled in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Wendy is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, The Darwin Awards 2: Unnatural Selection, and The Darwin Awards 3: Survival of the Fittest.

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Very funny read!
Kenny Root
As usual, Wendy has put together a terrific selection of Darwin awards and at risk survivors, including one about herself!
billjenh
Purchased as gift for my son, who has 3 or 4 of the other Darwin books, and he loved it!
Kathy

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Root on December 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Very funny read! These stories are when human stupidity surfaces to disastrous effects. A lesson here, yes, think about what your doing. My father once told me "Look before you leap". This book could save lives! Very much enjoyed this, Ms. Northcutt's humor is unparalleled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on December 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This latest installment in the series does not disappoint... lots of VERY bad decisions and ideas in motion. Never fly a plane before? That's OK, with enough alcohol in your system and a friend who knows how to break into the local airport you too can be the Red Baron (just don'r ask too many questions about what actually happened to the hun). People making a fuss about that downed powerline in your neighborhood? A chain saw and some saran-wrap booties will fix that! Want to save on light bulbs? Unscrew your headlight bulbs until you just get a dim glow... they'll last forever (or at least as long as the car lasts). An easy read and well-illustrated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on May 25, 2011
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In this sixth edition of the Darwin Awards collection, there are some very entertaining stories and some rather flat stories. While I was hoping for a stronger collection, I am satisfied overall.

In this collection, there is one particular tale involving an air pressure hose that certainly measures up to the stupidity of the earlier books. My preference is to read about the appalling stupid ways people have died, and this tale fits that description. Even if it is an unconfirmed report, it is still the most entertaining entry. Though stories of where men had certain parts stuck may become redundant, it certainly reveals the lengths a man will go.

When I think the Darwin Awards are running out of steam, they find more entertaining mishaps. The addition of Double Darwin Awards is somewhat lame, particularly when a person already chooses a life of abstinence. Overall, the series continues to be entertaining.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By billjenh on December 27, 2010
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As usual, Wendy has put together a terrific selection of Darwin awards and at risk survivors, including one about herself! The science articles are informative and interesting as well. Well done, Wendy -- well, except for your broken leg!

Buy it! You'll love it!
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No where near as good as the older ones.
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By lev on May 10, 2014
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I passed it on to several people and they got a laugh out of it too. My dad read all of them.
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I gave this book to a friend's sixteen year old son and he told me he enjoyed it tremendously. He totally got a kick out of the awards stories and the entire concept. Based on his comments I'd recommend this book to anyone with such a sense of humor...
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Just one of those books to put next to your toilet. Some things you' might have read on the internet, but some astonishing stuff as well! Funny as hell!
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