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[[caption-width-right:345:Even [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]] wouldn't do that. [[hottip:*: No, he would cut from the other end, then the branch would stay and the tree would plummet.]]]]

->''"A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring those who improve the species... by accidentally removing themselves from it!"''

->''While I have common sense I rarely let it interfere with my actions, preferring to use it to analyze why I shouldn't have done what ever it is that I did to cause the most recent Darwin moment.''
-->--James Nicoll

The [[http://www.darwinawards.com/ Darwin Awards]] are a collection of stories of those that have given the best their DNA can offer to the gene pool. That is, they removed their DNA from the gene pool through actions (of their own devising) with such stupidity that the fact they can no longer breed is worth an award. It is worth noting that, although most of the winners remove themselves from the gene pool in a fatal manner, there are a precious few who manage to leave the gene pool in a spectacularly stupid manner while still remaining alive ([[GroinAttack albeit... incomplete]]) afterwards.

Although internet based, the Darwin Awards have released books detailing the "winners" of that year.

[[AC:There are four categories:]]
* Darwin Award winners: Those killed or unable to reproduce [[hottip:* :Also occasionally includes people who are in jail for life or other long settings for similar reasons]]. Further being classed as;
** Confirmed by Darwin: In reliable news sources.
** Unconfirmed by Darwin: Unable to find reliable sources however not proved to be false.
** Debunked by Darwin: A story previously thought to be true is found to be false.
* [[strike:Honorable Mentions]] At Risk Survivors: Those that did their best to kill themselves yet somehow managed to survive.
* Urban Legends: Those stories believed to be true yet have no basis in reality.
* Personal Accounts: Members of the internet put forth their own personal stories with no other proof.

See also [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]], which is based on a similar premise (the major difference is that 1000 Ways To Die doesn't really care about the death being due to stupidity [[CruelAndUnusualDeath if it's spectacular enough]].)

Finally, there was actually a film (''The Darwin Awards'') based off of some of the stories from this site. A few of the stories were also tested by the {{Mythbusters}} (who, incidentally enough, made cameo appearances in the movie).

'''NOTE:''' People who take out innocents in the process of removing themselves from the gene pool are expressly disqualified from Darwin Awards consideration by the website (Though some of the early Darwin Awards did mention the death or injury of bystanders before this rule was added. If anyone in their right mind would flee the area if they saw what the contender was doing and a bystander stays to watch, then the rule doesn't apply, and the bystander can also get nominated). People with mental disorders are also disqualified. Youths under the age of 16 are generally disqualified unless a majority of the youth's peers agree the action taken by the nominee was incredibly stupid.

Fictional examples of this kind of activity go on TooDumbToLive.
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!! The ''Darwin Awards'' contain examples of the following tropes:

* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The excessive consumption of intoxicating beverages often plays a major role in these stories.
** A few of the books have had to include disclaimers explaining that this doesn't excuse you from winning a Darwin Award, since it was your decision to get drunk in the first place.
** The books also noted that being drunk when handling a pet snake led to the most Darwin-eqsue reptile accidents...[[{{Irony}} which is ironic]] since once way to make a snake let go of you/back off is to get alcohol in its face.
* BallisticDiscount: Subverted. The [[SarcasmMode genius]] who decided to rob a gun store fails ''miserably''. The story was good enough that it also wound up on [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]]. Turns out it was [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/gunshop.asp embellished]], but not by much.
* BasedOnAnAdviceBook: The film is an inversion, as it's based on a source about things ''nobody'' with half a brain ought to do.
* BestialityIsDepraved: One of the winners who was left alive but unable to reproduce ended up that way by attempting to have sex with a porcupine. Another man was kicked to death while attempting to acquire carnal knowledge of a cow.
* BlackComedy, CringeComedy is the reason why these deaths are funny instead of morbid; the people are so stupid they CrossTheLineTwice.
* BlackComedyRape: There are a few stories dealing with attempted rapes that went horribly, horribly wrong. Like the story of the woman who ''bit her assailant's balls off''. Then took off with them, and ''handed them in to the police'', which meant her assailant was arrested when he checked into the hospital with a matching injury. The evidence proceedings for ''that'' case must have been interesting.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: The Honourable Mention story "(Un)armed and Dangerous" opens like this: "A drunk driver? No Darwin. An one-armed man driving an unadapted car? No Darwin. A man driving while talking on a cell phone? No Darwin. But a drunken one-armed man driving an unadapted car while talking on a cell phone? Darwin Award - almost!"
* TheCameo: The Darwin Awards movie boasts cameos by [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman]] as well as Music/{{Metallica}}.
* ChainsawGood: See OffWithHisHead and TestosteronePoisoning.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Most accounts are this mixed with a healthy smattering of UndignifiedDeath.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Many Darwin Award winners have died attempting to re-enact things they saw on TV.
** And none of those winners [[ThinkOfTheChildren were]] [[AvertedTrope under 18]].
*** But that's because Award's rules disqualify anyone under 18.
* DeathAsComedy: The point; see BlackComedy.
* DeathByIrony: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2011-03.html Here]].
* DraftDodging: Tales of those killed or crippled while attempting to inflict a minor injury to avoid military service include a farmhand kicked in the head by a draft horse, and a man who had his arm bitten off by a lion.
* ForgotICouldntSwim: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2002-19.html this guy]] who chose to dive a lake, without a life jacket, and without having safety ropes available aboard his boat.
* EpicFail: Pretty much the reason these awards exist.
* EskimosArentReal: [[http://darwinawards.com/personal/personal2003-08.html "Real, live buffalo don't exist!"]]
%%* GangstaStyle
%%* GoneHorriblyRight
* GroinAttack: Self-inflicted attacks are the general cause of a person exiting the pool without exiting this mortal coil. However, they can also prove fatal. [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2007-07.html Here]] [[http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid1998-10.html and here]] are just two of a fairly large number of examples.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: As well as many of the Award "winners", founder Wendy Northcutt considers herself a klutz and a "potential Darwin Award candidate", which would be this trope (and cruelly ironic) if it happens.[[http://www.darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2009-11.html She's come close]].
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Naturally, irresponsible use of firearms is an extremely common way for people to get themselves killed or injured: see [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2000-45.html here]], [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-10.html here]] and [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-07.html here]] for just a few examples.
%%* KarmicDeath
* KickTheDog[=/=]VillainBall: Some of the less savory nominees and honorable mentions.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-01.html In Kenya]], a thief stole from a church offering basket in plain sight of everyone else there, ran into the street, and was struck and killed by a bus.
%%* MachoMasochism
* MedalOfDishonor: The Darwin Award is for the highest class of idiots.
* MotorcycleJousting: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2004-14.html here]] is an example involving motor scooters that resulted in the deaths of both involved, the girl they were trying to impress was naturally not impressed.
* MustHaveNicotine: Several Darwin awards have been won by people smoking in inappropriate situations, including one woman who stepped off a moving bus because she was desperate for a cigarette.
%%* NailEm
* OffWithHisHead: See ChainsawGood and TestosteronePoisoning.
* OldSchoolChivalry: A medieval knight who once asked a favor of a lady was once given one of the lady's dresses as a token. He then proceeded to wear the dress instead of armor while jousting. Needless to say that didn't go well. Gotta hand it to the lady though. Brilliant way of getting rid of an unwanted suitor.
* OutWithABang[=/=]DeathBySex: Considered textbook examples since the victims are stopped from procreating while making the attempt.
%%* PantsPositiveSafety: More than a few cases. None of 'em ended well.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-04.html "Are you OK?" "Yes!"]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Accidentally; [[http://www.darwinawards.com/legends/legends2000-05.html one urban legend is about]] a man who tried to use a power plant's coal runner as a treadmill, but tripped and was converted into power for hundreds of homes.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Do not taunt lightning.
* SoftGlass: Some winners fatally avert this trope.
* StupidCrooks: A few of the award's recipients. A chapter in one of the books is dedicated to them.
* TestosteronePoisoning: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1996-07.html The Most Macho Man In Europe.]] and a whole lot more. One of the chapters in one of the books is ''titled'' "Testosterone Poisoning", though in this case it refers to stupidity brought on by excessive displays of virility.
* TheMovie: A fictional film was made in 2006 about two investigators chasing Darwin Award-type stupidity, starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder. (Reviews were generally bad, according to {{the other wiki}}.)
* ThrowThePin: Grenades seem to be a magnet for Darwin Award winners.
* TooDumbToLive: All of them. That's the entire ''point'' of the Darwin Awards, and, [[WordOfGod according to the creator]], one of the biggest reasons why it's funny instead of morbid. This is also why minors aren't included on the list, as there's a big difference between this and [[ChildrenAreInnocent legitimately not knowing better.]]
** A few "lucky" ones don't kill themselves, but still end up being unable to have children.
* TreeBuchet: According to an UrbanLegend, a heavy storm caused a tree to get bent over and wedged under the eaves of a house. The homeowner climbed up the tree to saw the top of tree off to free it from the eaves. Once he cut through, the tree sprung back, catapulting the owner to his death.
* UndersideRide: One Darwin Award winner tried this while attempting to diagnose a truck's engine, apparently to watch the engine while it worked. It seemed a fine idea until the moving parts caught his sleeve... [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-02.html Link]]
* UndignifiedDeath: All deaths that don't count as {{Cruel And Unusual Death}}s.
* WalkOnWater: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2006-02.html attempted]] by a priest who, obviously, failed miserably and fatally. Also [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.html a group of people]] tried to learn to walk on water, their attempts were eventually ended after their leader [[EpicFail slipped on a bar of soap in the bathtub and drowned.]]
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Apparently, quite a lot of people. With that said, DontTryThisAtHome. If you fancy trying this yourself, you're doing the human race a favor by [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings ridding us of your stupidity.]] Thanks!
%%* WilliamTelling

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[[quoteright:345:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/suicidalstupidity_6656.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:345:Even [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote]] wouldn't do that. [[hottip:*: No, he would cut from the other end, then the branch would stay and the tree would plummet.]]]]

->''"A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring those who improve the species... by accidentally removing themselves from it!"''

->''While I have common sense I rarely let it interfere with my actions, preferring to use it to analyze why I shouldn't have done what ever it is that I did to cause the most recent Darwin moment.''
-->--James Nicoll

The [[http://www.darwinawards.com/ Darwin Awards]] are a collection of stories of those that have given the best their DNA can offer to the gene pool. That is, they removed their DNA from the gene pool through actions (of their own devising) with such stupidity that the fact they can no longer breed is worth an award. It is worth noting that, although most of the winners remove themselves from the gene pool in a fatal manner, there are a precious few who manage to leave the gene pool in a spectacularly stupid manner while still remaining alive ([[GroinAttack albeit... incomplete]]) afterwards.

Although internet based, the Darwin Awards have released books detailing the "winners" of that year.

[[AC:There are four categories:]]
* Darwin Award winners: Those killed or unable to reproduce [[hottip:* :Also occasionally includes people who are in jail for life or other long settings for similar reasons]]. Further being classed as;
** Confirmed by Darwin: In reliable news sources.
** Unconfirmed by Darwin: Unable to find reliable sources however not proved to be false.
** Debunked by Darwin: A story previously thought to be true is found to be false.
* [[strike:Honorable Mentions]] At Risk Survivors: Those that did their best to kill themselves yet somehow managed to survive.
* Urban Legends: Those stories believed to be true yet have no basis in reality.
* Personal Accounts: Members of the internet put forth their own personal stories with no other proof.

See also [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]], which is based on a similar premise (the major difference is that 1000 Ways To Die doesn't really care about the death being due to stupidity [[CruelAndUnusualDeath if it's spectacular enough]].)

Finally, there was actually a film (''The Darwin Awards'') based off of some of the stories from this site. A few of the stories were also tested by the {{Mythbusters}} (who, incidentally enough, made cameo appearances in the movie).

'''NOTE:''' People who take out innocents in the process of removing themselves from the gene pool are expressly disqualified from Darwin Awards consideration by the website (Though some of the early Darwin Awards did mention the death or injury of bystanders before this rule was added. If anyone in their right mind would flee the area if they saw what the contender was doing and a bystander stays to watch, then the rule doesn't apply, and the bystander can also get nominated). People with mental disorders are also disqualified. Youths under the age of 16 are generally disqualified unless a majority of the youth's peers agree the action taken by the nominee was incredibly stupid.

Fictional examples of this kind of activity go on TooDumbToLive.
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!! The ''Darwin Awards'' contain examples of the following tropes:

* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: The excessive consumption of intoxicating beverages often plays a major role in these stories.
** A few of the books have had to include disclaimers explaining that this doesn't excuse you from winning a Darwin Award, since it was your decision to get drunk in the first place.
** The books also noted that being drunk when handling a pet snake led to the most Darwin-eqsue reptile accidents...[[{{Irony}} which is ironic]] since once way to make a snake let go of you/back off is to get alcohol in its face.
* BallisticDiscount: Subverted. The [[SarcasmMode genius]] who decided to rob a gun store fails ''miserably''. The story was good enough that it also wound up on [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]]. Turns out it was [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/gunshop.asp embellished]], but not by much.
* BasedOnAnAdviceBook: The film is an inversion, as it's based on a source about things ''nobody'' with half a brain ought to do.
* BestialityIsDepraved: One of the winners who was left alive but unable to reproduce ended up that way by attempting to have sex with a porcupine. Another man was kicked to death while attempting to acquire carnal knowledge of a cow.
* BlackComedy, CringeComedy is the reason why these deaths are funny instead of morbid; the people are so stupid they CrossTheLineTwice.
* BlackComedyRape: There are a few stories dealing with attempted rapes that went horribly, horribly wrong. Like the story of the woman who ''bit her assailant's balls off''. Then took off with them, and ''handed them in to the police'', which meant her assailant was arrested when he checked into the hospital with a matching injury. The evidence proceedings for ''that'' case must have been interesting.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: The Honourable Mention story "(Un)armed and Dangerous" opens like this: "A drunk driver? No Darwin. An one-armed man driving an unadapted car? No Darwin. A man driving while talking on a cell phone? No Darwin. But a drunken one-armed man driving an unadapted car while talking on a cell phone? Darwin Award - almost!"
* TheCameo: The Darwin Awards movie boasts cameos by [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman]] as well as Music/{{Metallica}}.
* ChainsawGood: See OffWithHisHead and TestosteronePoisoning.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Most accounts are this mixed with a healthy smattering of UndignifiedDeath.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Many Darwin Award winners have died attempting to re-enact things they saw on TV.
** And none of those winners [[ThinkOfTheChildren were]] [[AvertedTrope under 18]].
*** But that's because Award's rules disqualify anyone under 18.
* DeathAsComedy: The point; see BlackComedy.
* DeathByIrony: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2011-03.html Here]].
* DraftDodging: Tales of those killed or crippled while attempting to inflict a minor injury to avoid military service include a farmhand kicked in the head by a draft horse, and a man who had his arm bitten off by a lion.
* ForgotICouldntSwim: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2002-19.html this guy]] who chose to dive a lake, without a life jacket, and without having safety ropes available aboard his boat.
* EpicFail: Pretty much the reason these awards exist.
* EskimosArentReal: [[http://darwinawards.com/personal/personal2003-08.html "Real, live buffalo don't exist!"]]
%%* GangstaStyle
%%* GoneHorriblyRight
* GroinAttack: Self-inflicted attacks are the general cause of a person exiting the pool without exiting this mortal coil. However, they can also prove fatal. [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2007-07.html Here]] [[http://darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid1998-10.html and here]] are just two of a fairly large number of examples.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: As well as many of the Award "winners", founder Wendy Northcutt considers herself a klutz and a "potential Darwin Award candidate", which would be this trope (and cruelly ironic) if it happens.[[http://www.darwinawards.com/stupid/stupid2009-11.html She's come close]].
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Naturally, irresponsible use of firearms is an extremely common way for people to get themselves killed or injured: see [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2000-45.html here]], [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-10.html here]] and [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1994-07.html here]] for just a few examples.
%%* KarmicDeath
* KickTheDog[=/=]VillainBall: Some of the less savory nominees and honorable mentions.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-01.html In Kenya]], a thief stole from a church offering basket in plain sight of everyone else there, ran into the street, and was struck and killed by a bus.
%%* MachoMasochism
* MedalOfDishonor: The Darwin Award is for the highest class of idiots.
* MotorcycleJousting: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2004-14.html here]] is an example involving motor scooters that resulted in the deaths of both involved, the girl they were trying to impress was naturally not impressed.
* MustHaveNicotine: Several Darwin awards have been won by people smoking in inappropriate situations, including one woman who stepped off a moving bus because she was desperate for a cigarette.
%%* NailEm
* OffWithHisHead: See ChainsawGood and TestosteronePoisoning.
* OldSchoolChivalry: A medieval knight who once asked a favor of a lady was once given one of the lady's dresses as a token. He then proceeded to wear the dress instead of armor while jousting. Needless to say that didn't go well. Gotta hand it to the lady though. Brilliant way of getting rid of an unwanted suitor.
* OutWithABang[=/=]DeathBySex: Considered textbook examples since the victims are stopped from procreating while making the attempt.
%%* PantsPositiveSafety: More than a few cases. None of 'em ended well.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-04.html "Are you OK?" "Yes!"]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Accidentally; [[http://www.darwinawards.com/legends/legends2000-05.html one urban legend is about]] a man who tried to use a power plant's coal runner as a treadmill, but tripped and was converted into power for hundreds of homes.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Do not taunt lightning.
* SoftGlass: Some winners fatally avert this trope.
* StupidCrooks: A few of the award's recipients. A chapter in one of the books is dedicated to them.
* TestosteronePoisoning: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1996-07.html The Most Macho Man In Europe.]] and a whole lot more. One of the chapters in one of the books is ''titled'' "Testosterone Poisoning", though in this case it refers to stupidity brought on by excessive displays of virility.
* TheMovie: A fictional film was made in 2006 about two investigators chasing Darwin Award-type stupidity, starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder. (Reviews were generally bad, according to {{the other wiki}}.)
* ThrowThePin: Grenades seem to be a magnet for Darwin Award winners.
* TooDumbToLive: All of them. That's the entire ''point'' of the Darwin Awards, and, [[WordOfGod according to the creator]], one of the biggest reasons why it's funny instead of morbid. This is also why minors aren't included on the list, as there's a big difference between this and [[ChildrenAreInnocent legitimately not knowing better.]]
** A few "lucky" ones don't kill themselves, but still end up being unable to have children.
* TreeBuchet: According to an UrbanLegend, a heavy storm caused a tree to get bent over and wedged under the eaves of a house. The homeowner climbed up the tree to saw the top of tree off to free it from the eaves. Once he cut through, the tree sprung back, catapulting the owner to his death.
* UndersideRide: One Darwin Award winner tried this while attempting to diagnose a truck's engine, apparently to watch the engine while it worked. It seemed a fine idea until the moving parts caught his sleeve... [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-02.html Link]]
* UndignifiedDeath: All deaths that don't count as {{Cruel And Unusual Death}}s.
* WalkOnWater: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2006-02.html attempted]] by a priest who, obviously, failed miserably and fatally. Also [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.html a group of people]] tried to learn to walk on water, their attempts were eventually ended after their leader [[EpicFail slipped on a bar of soap in the bathtub and drowned.]]
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Apparently, quite a lot of people. With that said, DontTryThisAtHome. If you fancy trying this yourself, you're doing the human race a favor by [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings ridding us of your stupidity.]] Thanks!
%%* WilliamTelling

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25th May '13 8:35:54 AM Naridar
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* DeathByIrony: [[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2011-03.html Here]].
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* Old School Chivalry: A medieval knight who once asked a favor of a lady was once given one of the lady's dresses as a token. He then proceeded to wear the dress instead of armor while jousting. Needless to say that didn't go well. Gotta hand it to the lady though. Brilliant way of getting rid of an unwanted suitor.

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* Old School Chivalry: OldSchoolChivalry: A medieval knight who once asked a favor of a lady was once given one of the lady's dresses as a token. He then proceeded to wear the dress instead of armor while jousting. Needless to say that didn't go well. Gotta hand it to the lady though. Brilliant way of getting rid of an unwanted suitor.
21st Apr '13 7:35:13 PM Tuckerscreator
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* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Apparently, quite a lot of people. With that said, DontTryThisAtHome. If you fancy trying this yourself, you're doing the human race a favor by [[LordOfTheRings ridding us of your stupidity.]] Thanks!

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* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Apparently, quite a lot of people. With that said, DontTryThisAtHome. If you fancy trying this yourself, you're doing the human race a favor by [[LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings ridding us of your stupidity.]] Thanks!
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* Old School Chivalry: A medieval knight who once asked a favor of a lady was once given one of the lady's dresses as a token. He then proceeded to wear the dress instead of armor while jousting. Needless to say that didn't go well. Gotta hand it to the lady though. Brilliant way of getting rid of an unwanted suitor.
13th Apr '13 9:42:24 PM Acebrock
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* BallisticDiscount: Subverted. The [[SarcasmMode genius]] who decided to rob a gun store fails ''miserably''. The story was good enough that it also wound up on [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]]. Turns out it was been [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/gunshop.asp embellished]], but not by much.

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* BallisticDiscount: Subverted. The [[SarcasmMode genius]] who decided to rob a gun store fails ''miserably''. The story was good enough that it also wound up on [[OneThousandWaysToDie 1000 Ways To Die]]. Turns out it was been [[http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/gunshop.asp embellished]], but not by much.
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* ThrowThePin: Grenades seem to be a magnet for Darwin Award winners.
1st Apr '13 6:46:25 PM Andygal
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* WalkOnWater: [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.html attempted]] by a priest who, obviously, failed miserably and fatally.

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* WalkOnWater: [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.[[http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2006-02.html attempted]] by a priest who, obviously, failed miserably and fatally. Also [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.html a group of people]] tried to learn to walk on water, their attempts were eventually ended after their leader [[EpicFail slipped on a bar of soap in the bathtub and drowned.]]
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* WalkOnWater: [[http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1999-49.html attempted]] by a priest who, obviously, failed miserably and fatally.
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