The Darwin Awards VI : Countdown to Extinction
Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards pays homage to those who improve our gene pool - by removing themselves from it. Most of us know instinctively that igniting a blasting cap in our mouth is a recipe for disaster. Darwin Award winners do not. Most of us have basic sound judgement that eliminates the need for No Smoking signs at ammo dumps. Darwin Award winners do not. Whether it's thallium-snorting soldiers, head-butting motorcyclists, or hatchet-wielding men who mistake a body part for a chicken neck, there's no shortage of creative Darwin Award winners. There's a reason the instructions say, "Don't heat your lava lamp on the stove." Only a Darwin Award winner would learn the fatal reason why. Filled with 150 original tales of evolution in action, science, and other categories, The Darwin Awards VI demonstrates that when it comes to common sense, natural selection still has a long way to go.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 131 x 198 x 32mm | 306g
- 25 Oct 2010
- Penguin Books Australia
- Hawthorn, Australia
Wendy studied molecular biology at Berkeley, worked in a neuroscience research laboratory at Stanford, and later joined a biotech start-up developing treatments for cancer and diabetes. She wrote the Darwin Awards while waiting for her dastardly genetic manipulations to yield results. Eventually Wendy shrugged aside the labcoat in favour of an off-beat career. She now writes both code and prose for the Darwin Awards website. Much of her time is spent wishing she could catch up. In her free time, Wendy chases eclipses, dines, dances, and inhabits an increasingly eccentric wardrobe. Her interests include reading, cats, gardening, glass-blowing, natural dyework, fondling textiles, and observing human nature.