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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action (edição 2002)

por Wendy Northcutt (Autor)

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One of the best known and most frequently visited web sites is the Darwin Awards web site. Practically everyone who is on the net has received a Darwin story in their e-mail at one time or another. It is one of those legendary sites which has become part of the fabric of being on-line. Started in 1993 by biologist Wendy Northcutt she set out to collect together and authenticate stories of individuals around the world who, through their stupidity, have removed themselves from the gene pool, (i.e. killed themselves). These are the people for whom warnings such as 'coffee is hot' and 'this superman cape does not enable the wearer to fly' were made. This is black humour elevated to its purest commercial form. There are rules here too. The candidate must: exhibit astounding misapplication of judgement; remove himself/herself from the gene pool; be capable of sound judgement; be self selecting (i.e. it was their fault) and the event must be verifiable.… (mais)
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Título:The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action
Autores:Wendy Northcutt (Autor)
Informação:Plume (2002), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Not much I can say about this one: it's a collection of Darwin award winners (and the honourable mentions) and their stories. It's both hilarious and possibly a sad commentary on the advancement, or lack thereof, of common sense.

For anyone who might not be familiar with the Darwin Awards, they are given each year for:
significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way. They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense, and all human races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible to compete. Actual winners must meet the following criteria:

Reproduction
Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.
Excellence
Astounding misapplication of judgment.
Self-Selection
Cause one's own demise.
Maturity
Capable of sound judgment.
Veracity
The event must be true.

(source: darwinawards.com/rules)

Always good for a chuckle! ( )
  murderbydeath | Dec 26, 2016 |
An entertaining account of people who've removed themselves from the gene pool by their own stupidity. Effort has been made to verify the veracity of these tales, which read a lot like urban legends. A quick read, although maybe not one to get through in one sitting. Best read in snippets (waiting rooms, public transportation, etc) ( )
1 vote EmScape | Sep 12, 2016 |
Want to read about idiots? This is the book for you. Darwin Awards are given to those who cannot pass their genes on, which is a good thing for the rest of the human race. Hilarious and entertaining stories. ( )
  BrittanyLyn | Jun 22, 2016 |
Funny and entertaining if you are into this type of book. If you are easily offended you should probably pass. I would highly recommend. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
This wasn't as funny or entertaining as I imagined. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Whilst this planet has gone on cycling
according the fixed law of gravity, endless
forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. --Charles Darwin in The Origins of the Species
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To my sister Elizabeth, who encouraged me to blaze my own path. To my parents, because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And to Jacob, who appreciates my oddly successful impetuousness and provide clever chapter titles.

Warm thanks to editor Mitch Hoffman and agent Andrew Stuart, whose expert hands helped shape this book, and to my Philosophy Forum members for their stimulating conversations.

And to Ian.
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One of the best known and most frequently visited web sites is the Darwin Awards web site. Practically everyone who is on the net has received a Darwin story in their e-mail at one time or another. It is one of those legendary sites which has become part of the fabric of being on-line. Started in 1993 by biologist Wendy Northcutt she set out to collect together and authenticate stories of individuals around the world who, through their stupidity, have removed themselves from the gene pool, (i.e. killed themselves). These are the people for whom warnings such as 'coffee is hot' and 'this superman cape does not enable the wearer to fly' were made. This is black humour elevated to its purest commercial form. There are rules here too. The candidate must: exhibit astounding misapplication of judgement; remove himself/herself from the gene pool; be capable of sound judgement; be self selecting (i.e. it was their fault) and the event must be verifiable.

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