Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design

Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615455867
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About 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 Awardshave been profiled in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalEntertainment Weekly, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Wendy is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in ActionThe Darwin Awards 2: Unnatural SelectionThe Darwin Awards 3: Survival of the Fittest, The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design, The Darwin Awards: Next Evolution, and The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction.

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dawsong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Darwin Award books and expected a lot of repetition and there was, at least in the elementals; cars, power tools, guns, fireworks. Still interesting, especially since I feel like I got an insight into this particular degree (fatal) of stupidity. A person doesn't have to be stupid all the time to make an unfortunately fatal mistake. In other words, it can happen to anyone. It only takes a second of lapsed vigilance or being carried away by the moment or just an unforeseen consequence for a person to end up extinguished. My sister will accuse me of having a Master's degree and I can only respond, 'Well, it isn't in Electricity.' Life is fragile. But the highlight of this, the fourth volume in the series, is the discussions on plague, evolution, genes, etc., and the bios of the people that contributed these. Very worthwhile.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I did enjoy the opening essays detailing the history of the Darwin Awards, the essays written at the beginning of each chapter just served, for the most part, to bore me. It was, however, interesting to learn how these awards are submitted and chosen, as one who is not a user of the Darwin Awards website. But there's really not that much positive that I can say about the book. I still got really annoyed with the personal accounts, because NO, just because someone you know did it, doesn't actually mean it's at all funny. The opening essays, as I mentioned, were boring and poorly written. Something that's always bothered me about the Darwins is that the awards themselves are, without a doubt, written exaggeratedly. It's still interesting when you write what happened. It's still ridiculously stupid and makes you wonder how these people managed to exist in the first place, but do they need all these *adjectives*? There's just no need for exaggeration, the stories are freaking HILARIOUS without them. I did wish to see more reader comments, those were just added snark on top of the idiocy. Rating: 3/5
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