Come discover the entertaining and morbid series of awards "'presented' in honor of the recipient doing something so stultifyingly stupid," says author Wendy Northcutt, "that it results in the individual's removal from being able to make any future donations to the human gene pool."
Her concept has become a cult favorite, leading to five books and a web site, filled with stories of individuals whose time on earth and contribution to the gene pool have ended.
Wendy Northcutt is the creator of the Darwinawards.com website and author of five books on the Darwin Awards.
Northcutt completed a degree in molecular biology at Berkeley, worked in a neuroscience research lab at Stanford, and later managed the protein purification group at a biotech startup developing cancer and diabetes therapeutics.
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Seaport (pop., 2006: city, 66,291; urban agglom., 105,991), capital of Northern Territory, Australia. Located on Port Darwin, a deep inlet of Clarence Strait in the Timor Sea, it has one of Australia's best harbours. The harbour was named in 1839 for Charles Darwin. The port, settled in 1869, was known as Palmerston until 1911. Located in a largely undeveloped region, Darwin is a supply and shipping centre for northern Australia. A military base in World War II, it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942, then extensively rebuilt. A cyclone in 1974 damaged or destroyed nearly all of the city; rebuilt a second time, it is now one of Australia's most modern cities.
The author comments on Australia and suggested that we do not rely on signage to prevent stupid people from meeting their well earned demise. Unfortunately this is not quite correct. Our Government is moving down the path of the nanny-state and it is becoming far more common to see tax payer funded signage that tells morons not to do the obviously stupid things that would spare the rest of us from their continued stupidity. Our new OH&S laws to be introduced in Jan 2012 are a perfect example.
I found it to be casually entertaining. I would akin it to an average author doing a reading at a bookstore. So if interested in the content its nice to "get to know" the author.
I also perused the web page while watching the video and found the video more captivating. The web page is antiquated and the stories I did find weren't very entertaining.
I loved the presentation, I have been a fan of the awards since almost the beginning, and I recently saw the movie on cable, it was interesting and I have recommended it to several friends with whom I have discussed Darwin awards in the past. I did think that Wired Magazine had found the true origin of the JATO rocket car story several years ago.