Subtitled ‘180 Bizarre True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker’, The Darwin Awards is not a book to read in one sitting, unless you wish to join award nominees by dying from laughing too loud and too long.
There are some wonderful tales here; a few are apocryphal but most have been confirmed as true by thorough research. It’s truly astounding how inventive humans, mostly men it must be noted, can be in removing themselves from the gene pool. Though such self-elimination is valuable to the species only if the candidate has failed to reproduce prior to application.
Wendy Northcutt, who runs www.DarwinAwards.com, has selected a representative sample to show the idiocy, arrogance, and sheer ignorance nominees have employed in their, usually successful, requests to become the guests of the Grim Reaper.
Some of these stories had me gulping in horror, others made me shudder with disgust. One or two elicited my sympathy for poor unfortunates despatched by well-meaning or unaware spouses. But most had me laughing out loud, much to the annoyance of those who shared the Greek poolside area on which I read much of the book. How they affect you will depend on your views of humanity, science and natural justice.
I invite you to enjoy the volume. But, please, not all in one go!
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