Oh my goodness, such a good light read for when your waiting for the doctors or simply just passing time. these stories are pretty funny and leave wondering why some people simply don't think before they act.
This book is great for reading while waiting for an appointment and also for just sitting and enjoying! From the back of the book: "Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards vividly displays the finest of evolution in action- and shows us just how uncommon common sense can be" "These tales of trial and awe inspiring error verified by the author... illustrate the ongoing saga of survival of the fittest in all it's selective glory."
This book is hilarious! I love the Darwin Award books, they're great for light reading in your spare time, or to break up the reading of a really thick book. It's easy to just read a few little sections of this book and then put it away again until next time. I would highly recommend it!
After being introduced to this series back in high school, I can now firmly say that I believe in Darwin's theory. This book is a great read, especially if you feel the need for proof that some people have it worse off than you. A good reminder that we must laugh at ourselves in order to laugh at others.
I have to admit it - I LOVE the Darwin awards. I feel bad about loving them, I do. A decent person shouldn't laugh at this stuff. Really. (but it's really, really funny)
I realized how badly I feel about loving them so much, when I read of one guy in here, who won the award when he asked his best buddy to come over to help him get rid of the hornets nest under the eave of his garage. And he had just the thing to do the job, too... He had some dynomite in his garage!
These genuises stuck a quarter stick of dynamite under a hornets nest! But - they weren't stupid. No, not them. They knew they should go back inside before they detonated it.
OTOH, they really wanted to watch. I mean, this is gonna be COOL. So, they went inside - and stood in front of the plate glass window facing the garage.
As they were leaving their house for their car to go to the emergency room to seek help for their mulitple lacerations, they were attacked by a swarm of angry hornets. Now, who coulda seen that coming?
As I was reading that one, I could practically SEE my brother-in-law doing something like that. I'm thinking, G-d, I'm terrible, laughing at these people. I am, too. It's true. But it doesn't stop it from being funny as heck.
If you are horrible too, you are gonna want to order this book.
This is the first Darwin Awards book in a series of many. I've read a few of the other books that came out after this one and I would have to say that this one is, by far the funniest, most amusing book in the series. I suppose this comes from having a whole history of 'Darwin's' to assess and pick from. The second book is not as good as the third.
This is a funny book and, in small doses, enjoyable. But somewhere along the line you begin to realize you've done enough stupid things in your life to qualify for one of these awards. Definitely pro-evolution.
"Stupid criminal tricks" can be depressing to read, one after another, when they end in death. A basic premise of the Darwin Award is that the subject is removed from the gene pool.
Included are some 'honorable mentions' and urban legends.
One of special interest is the discussion of whether JFKjr deserves to be honored (pp133-137) for poor judgement.