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The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool Paperback – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009

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Wendy Northcutt is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology. She began collecting the stories that make up the Darwin Awards in 1993 and founded www.DarwinAwards.com soon thereafter. She is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection, The Darwin Awards III: Survival of the Fittest, and The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design.
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  • Series: Darwin Awards
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295636
  • ASIN: B0035G028Q
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
You can't help but shake your head and laugh over the incredibly dumb things people do that eliminate them from the gene pool. Wendy Northcutt offers up her next installment of these gems in her book The Darwin Awards Next Evolution. It's not a long read (I think I read it in a couple of hours), but it's well worth the entertainment value. You'll laugh, shake your head, and cringe at how people (usually men) can be so stupid and short-sighted in their activities...

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.
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Certain gems in the Darwin Award Series have stood out for me among the others. Not since the first book, has one of the stories been such a highlight as "Crutch, Meet Crotch". While there are other great tales, the mentioned incident is clearly the highlight.

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.
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A fool and his life can be quickly parted. Since 1993, Wendy Northcutt has memorialized hundreds of anonymous idiots with her Darwin Awards. If you go to her website at [...] you can see the criteria that she uses for honoring these unfortunates.

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.
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The Darwin Awards Next Evolution
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!
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This book continues the series of mishaps and misadventures of those that have perished or nearly perished.
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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I own the previous Darwin Award books. I consider all of them, including this one, very interesting and entertaining reading. Consider visiting the website, darwinawards.com, to get an idea what the books is all about.
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