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The Darwin Awards 4 commemorates those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it, showing us just how uncommon common sense can be! Meet the absentminded terrorist who opens a mail bomb returned to him for insufficient postage. Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires before shutting off the current. Gape at the would-be pilot who flies his lawn chair suspended from helium balloons into air-traffic lanes. These tales of trial and awe-inspiring error illustrate the ongoing saga of survival of...
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The Darwin Awards 4 commemorates those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it, showing us just how uncommon common sense can be! Meet the absentminded terrorist who opens a mail bomb returned to him for insufficient postage. Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires before shutting off the current. Gape at the would-be pilot who flies his lawn chair suspended from helium balloons into air-traffic lanes. These tales of trial and awe-inspiring error illustrate the ongoing saga of survival of the fittest in all its selective glory! The author has appeared in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The (NY) Daily News, Boston Herald, Publisher Weekly, BookPage and CNN.com.
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The first Darwin Awards book in three years proves that the steep climb up the evolutionary ladder has been more difficult for some than others. Like its predecessors, this mind-boggling numbers honors those hapless souls who have improved our gene pool by weeding themselves out of existence. The Darwin Awards 4 contains more than 100 astonishing yet true tales of involuntary self-immolators. These posthumous honorees include a homeowner who terminated termites (and himself) by filling his home with natural gas and a handyman who attempted to weld together a chain and a hand grenade. Explosive fun.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525949602
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Series: Darwin Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology, Wendy Northcutt began collecting the stories that make up the Darwin Awards in 1993. Her award-winning Web site www.DarwinAwards.com is one of the most popular humor pages on the Web. The Darwin Awards have been profiled in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Wendy is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, The Darwin Awards 2: Unnatural Selection, and The Darwin Awards 3: Survival of the Fittest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Learning can be Fun

    Informative, full of life¿s little lessons for all of us, like why you shouldn¿t munch on glass. Entertaining, humorous, even hilarious at times. Not that death is funny. Just that realizing that sometimes common sense takes a flying leap out the penthouse window... with the Darwin Award winner himself close behind. But I also appreciated the format of the book. It can be taken in little doses, like when waiting in the emergency room for your non-life-threatening treatment, or swallowed all at once. A great gift for the person lacking common sense, or those who love the bizarre. I guess both describe me!

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