Synopses & Reviews
The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection brings together a fresh collection of the hapless, the heedless, and the just plain foolhardy among us. Salute the owner of an equipment training school who demonstrates the dangers of driving a forklift by failing to survive the filming of his own safety video. Gawk at the couple who go to sleep on a sloping roof. Witness the shepherd who leaves his rifle unsecured—only to be accidentally shot by one of his own flock.
With over one hundred Darwin Award Winners, Honorable Mentions, and debunked Urban Legends, plus science and safety tips for avoiding the scythe of natural selection, The Darwin Awards II proves once again how uncommon common sense can be.
The bestselling phenomenon returns with a hilarious new compendium of mishaps, misadventures, and fatal missteps that show once again how far we've climbed the evolutionary food chain.
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 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction : What are they? -- Penance, seven deadly sins -- Women, femme fatalities -- Water, all washed up -- Technology, engines of destruction -- Men, male-functions -- Animals, pall of the wild -- Explosions, out with a bang! -- Outlaws, crime and punishment -- Disqualified, losing is its own reward -- Classic dozen, better read than dead.