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The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool Paperback – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009
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The book is divided up into chapters that cover miscellaneous mishaps, electrical extinctions, vehicle victims, medical maladies, criminal capers, work woes, combustion crazies, and animal antics. There are both true Darwin award winners (people who either died or made themselves unable to reproduce, therefore cleansing the gene pool) and at-risk survivors (those who came real close to leaving the gene pool, but by some miracle survived to get a second chance). Northcutt also attempts wherever possible to confirm the story or list it as possible but with no background documentation (like news stories). So generally speaking, you're getting honest-to-goodness boneheaded plays here.
There's the guy who decided to get drunk by somewhat unconventional means (alcohol enemas, anyone?), and "consumed" three liters of sherry. Needless to say, the next morning he had the ultimate hangover (dead) with a BAL of .47. Then there's the two kids in Denmark who took their uncle's car out onto the frozen Baltic Sea, thinking the ice was solid enough to hold them. It wasn't, but fortunately wasn't very deep. They followed this brilliant idea by getting a second car out onto the ice to pull the first one out. Same result. At least the third time they tried a tractor. And yes, that one fell through also.Read more ›
For five unique editions, Wendy Northcutt and the rest of the gang have been helping us to delight in the stupidity of others. Best enjoyed in short increments, like toilet reading, it is often difficult not to smile at the misfortune of others. With the boundaries of stupidity being infinite, the next book in the series can not be far behind.
This latest offering is morbidly entertaining. How many ways can a person die? How many ways can a person die as the result of a stupid, self-inflicted accident? Apparently, the possibilities are endless.
This is a very funny book in a very sick way. There's something hilarious about these ridiculous demises and tragic maimings. I'm not sure what it is? It's not ghoulish, just foolish.
There, but for the grace of a slightly higher IQ (I hope), go I.
Review by Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.
This 291-page (small) book) should take you a couple of amusing hours to read. Although there are 100 essays, divided into eight chapters or categories, each essay, ranging in length from one paragraph to as many as ten or so, describes the pure idiocy of a human lunatic. You just cannot believe that humans can be so incredibly stupid, and yet I found them mesmerizing and captivating none-the-less. Chapter 9, called "FAQ," provides some excellent additional information. One question I had as I read through these essays is why are most all of them executed by males? There are only 11 stories featuring a femme fatale. Why aren't more females represented in Northcutt's examples? It is one of the FAQ (frequently asked questions). A concerned reader asks it: "Nearly all Darwin Award nominees are male. I am aware that males are responsible for aggressive and irrational phenomena like wars, organized religion, drunken driving, et cetera, but pure statistics lead me to believe that more females should be candidates. Is a feminist conspiracy at work in the selection of the candidates?" Northcutt responds: "I call'em as I see `em. I choose as many women as I can -- but I can't use material I don't have. Most of the idiots nominated for this ignominious award are male" (pp. 263-64). I loved this book, and I think you will, too. It will make a great gift -- whether you choose to give it to an idiot, your closest friend, a family member, or, perhaps, they are all one and the same!
The articles regarding the chemical break down of Mosquito saliva in the blood stream add an intellectual spin to this bathroom collection.
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The Darwin awards is a must read. It is full of funny and cautionary tales to keep one entertained for hoursPublished 21 days ago by James L Gillispie
Half of the book is made up of science "interludes" (facts about science that I did not care to know)(or I would have bought a science book) and FAQ's about the darwin awards. Read morePublished 2 months ago by steve
The truth is sure stranger than fiction, these stories are unbelievable, great book.Published 7 months ago by Jane E. Knight
After reading The Darwin Awards for many years it never ceases to amaze me the depths someone will go to just to make it into the book. I always believed that stupid should hurt. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Deb
Most people are going to enjoy this type of report. It is well presented and concise. Of course if someone was looking for a long detailed story in each chapter, then this would... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Henry Y. Stuart
On time and worth the purchase to see how some people HAVE lived. And to learn how not to take action or livePublished on December 2, 2013 by Lew Harrison
These books are just funny in general, but not for anyone who is easily offended by tasteless humor. I think this was funny.Published on April 9, 2013 by KWun