December 2010

The Darwin Awards: Part 9

Darwin’s favorite quote is, “Just think how stupid the average person is, then realize that half of them are even stupider!”--George Carlin

One would think public service announcements and public warnings such as on the bottom of a pie box “Do not turn over”, or when wearing a superman cape, “Wearing this garment does not cause wearer to fly” need not exist. Most people can exercise good judgment and gauge reality vs. what they wish was possible. Sometimes, though that just isn’t the case.

The Darwin Awards: Part 7

So you’ve read examples of asinine death, you’ve learned about the creator, Wendy Northcutt. Now I bet you’re also wondering, what are the origins of the name: The Darwin Award? There are two ways to sum this up. First, let’s assume that Charles Darwin was indeed an evolutionary theorist. Secondly, as mentioned in my first post, the name ties in with a tongue-in-cheek humor relating to the great Charles Darwin. Third, we need to consider the parameters of evolution.

The Darwin Awards: Part 6

So you’ve read some examples of truly asinine deaths—the Darwin Awards. Though, there are a few questions still left unanswered. One question that comes to mind is: How does one get nominated for a Darwin Award? There are a set of criteria the nominee must make before even being considered.

The first criteria category is Reproduction, as in, no longer being able to reproduce. These people are no longer a part of the gene pool, because they are presently dead or sterile. The second criteria category is Excellence. In other words, their story makes for a good one, or an excellent one for that matter. They have made incredible misjudgments resulting in death. The third category is Self-Selection. These people have killed themselves. No one else was responsible for their death.

The Darwin Awards: Part 5

Some of these Darwin awards really are quite befuddling. Gary Hoy, considered one of Toronto’s “best and brightest” lawyers would repeatedly test the effectiveness of the windows in the building of his firm. Co-workers say he would repeatedly slam into the windows, convinced they were unbreakable. I don’t know any sane person that would do this. You can just guess what happens.

One day, Gary was demonstrating the effectiveness of these windows for some new clients. The window shattered from the force of his body. The force with which he exerted caused him to fall 24 stories down to his death.

The Darwin Awards: Part 4

Are you ready for more stories of true idiocy? A man had the ingenious idea to rob everyone on board a flight departing from Davao City, Philippines. His plan included taking every passengers money on board. Then he planned to force the pilot to lower the plane down to 6,000 feet altitude so he could make an escape. Using a parachute he had pieced together himself. He also carried a shotgun and a few grenades on board, just for good measure. Amazingly, he was able to get past airport security with all these accoutrements and weaponry on his person.

The Darwin Awards: Part 3

The insanity continues, for I am convinced that as long as humans walk this planet, the Darwin awards will never cease to exist. On September 28th, 1996, a 41 year old man from Detroit, Michigan, was on his way to work. He drowned in 2 feet of water after he attempted to squeeze his head through a sewer grate after his car keys fell down the drain. His head unfortunately became pinned and got stuck in the 18 inch wide sewer grate. What a bummer.

The Darwin Awards: Part 1

The Darwin Awards—these are awarded to people who do a great service to the gene pool by removing themselves therein. The name originates from tongue-in-cheek humor referencing the great evolutionary theorist, Charles Darwin. What does it take to remove yourself from the human gene pool? You need to either a.) Sterilize yourself so as not to allow reproduction or b.) Kill yourself in an asinine fashion.

Cool Blog for Cool Moms

The rise of the geek is one of the only trends on Earth that I’m willing to tolerate—no, openly embrace! When I was a kid, being a geek—loving my fantasy stuff (from The Neverending Story to The Last Unicorn and, later, The Lord of the Rings, Merlin and The 10th Kingdom, etc.), wearing my giant glasses (they were free, from the Lions Club), and reading all of the time—just wasn’t looked upon as being nearly as cool as it is today. Now being a geek is considered “cool” in many places, and we even have television shows dedicated to just that. “Mythbusters” might have sounded like a weird program at first, but it’s currently one of the hottest shows on television. (I know, it’s watched quite often in our house!)

From WikiLeaks Springs Mischief

Item from PBS News Hour -- "WikiLeaks has become the target of hackers who oppose its latest release of secret government documents, but some supporters are waging cyber attacks against individuals and companies -- including MasterCard, PayPal and a Swiss bank -- that have severed ties with the controversial site." See the video.

That which was once a little rumbling has grown into thunder, and a storm.

In a time when files that documents the judgment of the lords of creation can be just a mouse click away, this is not the time for simpletons. Not when the simple often is too serious. Good sense and intelligence are needed now more than ever. Their deficiency is visible now more than ever.

Toons on Facebook: More Ineffective Activism?

For the past week or so on Facebook, when you logged on you were greeted with a sprinkling of cartoon characters from years gone by. Who did you see? I was waved at by Rainbow Brite, grinned at by Pokemon, flirted with by Betty Boop, given the Care Bear Stare, and mooned over by the Little Mermaid.

I myself, of course, gave everyone the proverbial finger with the “cool but crude” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Raphael, whom I was supposed to marry when I was eight years old.

Was the purpose of this little foray into our collective past to share our love of cartoons? To highlight when we were children, or what decade we associate with our childhood? Nope. It was supposed to “fight child abuse.”