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Darwin awardJoe Segen2017-01-07T14:08:20+00:00
A jocular term that recognises individuals who remove their DNA from the human gene pool in an obviously stupid way.
Awardees are self-selected examples of the dangers of parking one’s common sense by the side of the road. All races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible. Death (or inability to reproduce after the Award-winning act) is mandatory.
The term honours Charles Darwin (12
February 1809–19 April 1882), the Father of Evolution. Darwin championed natural selection of the species, and regarded it as synonymous with the phrase “survival of the fittest” coined by Herbert Spencer, an economist of the day. By removing their DNA from the gene pool, Darwin awardees validate darwinian selection.
Darwin Award Rules
• Reproduction The nominee must have been removed from the gene pool by death or rendering himself sterile
• Excellence The act or series of acts must reflect astonishingly poor judgement
• Self-Selection The nominee must have done it to himself; acts of others don’t count
• Intelligence The nominee must be otherwise capable of sound judgement. Those with mental disorders or retardation are not eligible
• Veracity The event must be verifiable