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Darwin Awardshttp://www.darwinawards.com

For those of you not in the know, the Darwin Awards are given out posthumously to individuals who manage to kill themselves in the most inordinately stupid ways, therefore strengthening the gene pool. Candidates for the Award this year include a guy in Scotland who electrocuted himself stealing wire; a shepherd shot to death by his flock; and the wise fellow who decided to ride a push scooter down the center lane of a major road, wearing dark clothes in the middle of the night, all while carrying a bottle of liqueur. Every story submitted is researched to verify its authenticity, and the fakes land in the Urban Legends section (for example, nobody ever strapped a jet engine to their car and then crashed into a mountainside. Sorry). You can even be interactive and vote for your favorite idiot, or at least on how utterly inept you think the dearly departed was. Write in to Personal Accounts and tell the world about some of the morons that you've known who have passed away. My favorite part — attempt to predict future winners by reading the Honorable Mentions section. Those folks have had near misses with the Grim Reaper but lived to tell the tale, but I'm sure their names will be appearing on the site again soon enough. While it's bit confusing discerning between winners and nominees, the stories are still worth reading simply to see why we may not evolve past our current status.

—Patrick J. Graney

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