For the uninitiated, the Darwin Awards are named in honor of Charles Darwin, father of evolution, to “commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it”, its organizers say. It’s usually posthumous.
It’s not easy to understand why that is so.
Take the case of that guy who lit a match to check if the gasoline tank in his car was full.
Or the case late last year of a student of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute who inadvertently performed a chemical experiment on himself with fatal results.
This 25-year-old chemistry student had acquired the peculiar habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid crystals while he worked, presumably to add a zesty flavor.
He was hunched over at a computer in his parents’ house in the northern Ukraine city of Konotop when, whether by intention or inattention, the student dunked his gum into an unidentified chemical and popped it back into his mouth. A loud explosion resulted, killing him.
Indian national Madhuri Jaya Chandra Reddy is luckier.
Last September he had sex with a pregnant prostitute twice in a Geylang hotel but when he asked for the third time, she wanted more money.
A scuffle ensued, and the 21-year-old general worker ended up killing the Sri Lankan woman and stuffing her body under the bed. Despite this, he took her valuables, found another prostitute and brought her back to the same room for sex – on the bed hiding the dead body.
Then he used the dead prostitute’s cell phone to make at least 28 calls to India.
He was arrested and sentenced to 17 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane.
If sentenced to death he would have removed himself from the gene pool – the only pool with no lifeguard – but instead he got a jail sentence and is now a guest of the Singapore government.
Another idiot, this time a a 27-year-old fast-food delivery man was equally retarded – for six hours, he tormented the 48-year old mother of his former girlfriend whom he had bound and gagged. Then he raped her.
For this he was jailed 25 years and ordered to be given the maximum 24 strokes of the cane.
In some other country he would have been castrated or hacked to death in the public square.