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.
Funny! This book details many "lucky" winners who have won a Darwin Award for taking themselves out of the gene pool by their own stupidity. These people have been killed doing the most stupid and thoughtless things that you can imagine any human being doing. Even gives the sources of the information so you can get more info if you wish. Some of these made me laugh out loud to myself.
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 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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
You've probably already heard of the phenomenon called the Darwin Awards, and perhaps you've even said you nearly deserved one if you caught yourself doing something egregiously stupid. Here's a whole collection!
One caution, however... DO NOT PUT THIS ON A SHELF IN THE BATHROOM FOR LIGHT READING. If you do so, some of your guests will spend interminable time on the throne, and stifled groans or howls of hysterical mirth will seep out into the rest of the house. This will make everyone else wonder, "What's he doing in there?"
From the dust jacket: Meet the absentminded terrorist who opens a mail bomb returned to him for insufficient postage. Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires without shutting off the current. Gape at the would-be pilot who flies his lawn chair suspended from helium balloons into air-traffic lanes. And learn from the man who peers into a gasoline can using a cigarette lighter. All four contend for Darwin awards when their choices culminate in magnificent misadventures.
"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.
A decent idea VERY POORLY executed. Tons of white space filler. No effort made to fact-check. A hazy mix of sensational news stories and urban legends. A too-breezy, bloggy style. A mean, almost sadistic tone. A total disappointment that I didn't even want to finish and didn't.