Natural Selection Awards, for those not familiar, are for those individuals who contribute to the survival of the fittest by eliminating themselves from the gene pool before they have a chance to breed.
A young Canadian man, searching for a way of getting drunk cheaply, because
he had no money with which to buy alcohol, mixed gasoline with milk. Not
surprisingly, this concoction made him ill, and he vomited...
...into the fireplace in his house. The resulting explosion and fire burned his house down, killing both him and his sister.
A 34-year-old white male found dead in the basement of his home died of
suffocation, according to police. He was approximately 6'2" tall and weighed 225 pounds. He was wearing a pleated
skirt, white bra, black and white saddle shoes, and a woman's wig. It appeared
that he was trying to create a schoolgirl's uniform look. He was also wearing a
military gas mask with the filter canister removed and a rubber hose attached in
The other end of the hose was connected to a one end of a hollow wooden tube approximately 12" long and 3" in diameter. The tube's other end was inserted into his rear end for reasons unknown and was the cause of his suffocation.
Police found the task of explaining the circumstances of his death to his family very awkward.
Three Brazilian men were flying in a light aircraft at low altitude when another plane approached. It appears that they decided to moon the occupants of the other plane, but lost control of their own aircraft and crashed. They were all found dead in the wreckage with their pants around their ankles.
A police officer in Ohio responded to a 911 call. She had no details
before arriving, except that someone had reported that his father was not
breathing. Upon arrival, the officer found the man face down on the couch,
When she rolled him over to check for a pulse and to start CPR, she noticed burn marks around his genitals. After the ambulance arrived and removed the man - who was declared dead on arrival at the hospital - the police made a closer inspection of the couch, and noticed that the man had made a hole between the cushions.
Upon flipping the couch over, they discovered what caused his death...Apparently the man had a habit of putting his penis between the cushions, down into the hole and between two electric sanders (with the sandpaper removed, for obvious reasons). According to the story, after his orgasm the discharge shorted out one of the sanders, electrocuting himself.
A 27-year-old French woman lost control of her car on a highway near Marseilles and crashed into a tree, seriously injuring her passenger and killing herself. As a commonplace road accident, this would not have qualified for a Darwinian nomination, were it not for the fact that the driver's attention had been distracted by her Tamagotchi key ring, which had started urgently beeping for food as she drove along. In an attempt to press the correct buttons to save the Tamagotchi's life, the woman lost her own.
A 22-year-old Virginia man was found dead after he tried to use octopus straps to bungee jump off a 70-foot railroad trestle. Fairfax County police said the young man taped a bunch of these straps together, wrapped an end around one foot, anchored the other end to the trestle at Lake Accotink Park, jumped and hit the pavement. A police spokesman, said "The length of the cord that he had assembled was greater than the distance between the trestle and the ground."
A man in Alabama died from rattlesnake bites. It seems that he and a friend were playing a game of catch, using the rattlesnake as a ball. The friend - no doubt a future Award candidate - was hospitalized.
Employees in a medium-sized warehouse in west Texas noticed the smell of
gas. Sensibly, management evacuated the building, extinguishing all potential sources of ignition - lights, power,
etc. After the building had been evacuated, two technicians from the gas
company were dispatched.
Upon entering the building, they found they had difficulty navigating in the dark. To their frustration, none of the lights worked (you can see what's coming). Witnesses later described the sight of one of the technicians reaching into his pocket and retrieving an object that resembled a cigarette lighter.
Pieces of the warehouse were found up to three miles away and although nothing was found of the technicians, the lighter was virtually untouched by the explosion. The technician suspected of causing the blast had never been thought of as 'bright' by his peers.
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