The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction

The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction The human race s most devastatingly popular humor series returns With five previous books and than million copies sold The Darwin Awards is a pop culture phenomenon Honoring those who improve the

  • Title: The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction
  • Author: Wendy Northcutt
  • ISBN: 9780525951919
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The human race s most devastatingly popular humor series returns With five previous books and than 1.5 million copies sold, The Darwin Awards is a pop culture phenomenon Honoring those who improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it, The Darwin Awards countdown to human extinction is well under way and we won t exit this mortal coil withouThe human race s most devastatingly popular humor series returns With five previous books and than 1.5 million copies sold, The Darwin Awards is a pop culture phenomenon Honoring those who improve the species by accidentally removing themselves from it, The Darwin Awards countdown to human extinction is well under way and we won t exit this mortal coil without one last laugh In The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction, readers will find all new stories chronicling humans who step onto the lowest rung on the evolutionary ladder, including Nine no s with power tools Eight ways to incinerate yourself Seven safety warnings you should not ignore Six romance tips for safe sex Featuring illustrations and brilliant science of evolution essays, this latest volume of The Darwin Awards enumerates just how uncommon common sense still is.

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    • OhWell says:

      Some amusing stories, some less so. Good for when you need a collection of loosely related bits and pieces, something that you can easily set aside. I did like the Darwin Awards themselves better than the science articles. Overall I don’t think I’ll remember much in the long run.

    • Russ Cross says:

      I love these books. Reading one always makes me feel smarter than the poor sods that end up in the books.

    • Caleb says:

      This is the sixth collection of shorts from theDarwin Awards website done bathroom-reader style.It was OK. Not the kind of thing that you read as a novel, but rather in short stretches as a pick-me-up for a bad day. After every chapter it has a scientific aside. some of them were rather interesting but had absolutely nothing to do with the Darwin Awards. I like the humor of the Darwin Awards but after a while it got tedious. Hence the low rating. the Darwin Awards

    • Carin says:

      It is hard to review a book like this, but I review all my books. It was funny, as expected. I learned a little science, which was not expected. Stupid people died. Some survived. Some are now infertile and can no longer contribute to the gene pool. This book is great to read if you're looking for a no-brainer, if you're sick, if you need a book to take to a noisy, busy place that will not involve concentration or thought, the Darwin Awards books are ideal. It was cute, funny, and made me feel v [...]

    • Marisella says:

      I shelved this under the humor/to read section, although I suppose the stories are funny only if you weren't involved in any way with them

    • Bryan457 says:

      Makes me feel like a geniustill I remember the number of times I have very nearly electrocuted myself.

    • Jason says:

      Another amusing collection of tales with a bit of a scientific injection in the form of short essays on evolution.

    • JJ says:

      Didn't really find this as funny as I expected to (or at all).

    • Aoife says:

      Biology was the only subject at school I could never stand, no matter which teacher we had (OK, apart from sport but that isn't relevant here). I just don't care about it at all. And so I also don't really care about the Science Interludes in the Darwin Awards. I do get, that it makes sense to have some info on eveolution in a book named after Darwin but I just feel that it's getting more and more but with less and less connection to the actual topics of the book (I think in the 4th volume, wher [...]

    • C.M. Johnson says:

      Have you ever seen someone acting ridiculous and thought to yourself, "I sincerely hope they do not breed." That is the basis of the series, death is not humorous in itself but when seen through the eyes of the author and editors it's easy to see the funny side in these stories. More often that not you are left asking, "How could they not see that coming?" Like the other books in the series this one is good for short breaks as each story is only 1-2 pages long and lets the reader grab a quick bi [...]

    • Kirsti says:

      I have always enjoyed these books, but found this one to be wanting. There were a few amusing anecdotes, but the 'scientific interludes' actually took up far more space in the book than the actual stories themselves. I want to see more Darwin winners and nominees, not learn about genes and sex habits. Eh. Well, as a series these books are great, I just didn't like this one as much as I have in the past. The idea of the Darwin awards though, is brilliant, and I definitely would suggest reading ea [...]

    • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer says:

      This is the 6th Darwin Awards book, and it was a typical collection of true and some "not confirmed true" stories of unbelievably stupid things people have done. What stood out for me with this book were the science essays in between chapters. Those were fascinating! I learned things about genetics that I never knew before. In fact, I took notes! Northcutt included the best, simplest, most layperson-understandable explanation of how cancer cells work that I've ever read. The book is worth readin [...]

    • Christopher says:

      Fun little book with interesting ways in which people have removed themselves from the gene pool through brazenness, folly, sheer stupidity, etc. To paraphrase 80s wrestler Brett "the Hitman" Hart, this book does not really have that "excellence of execution" writing-wise. The prose is journalistic and bland. The story interest/details carry the day here though. Come away feeling like the human race can't get any dumber. Similar books include Stupid Criminals: Hilarious and True Crime Stories an [...]

    • Sam says:

      More hilarious and epic-ally stupid ways that various members of the human race have removed themselves from the gene pool through poor decision making and sheer stupidity. Northcutt again helps the reader keep their IQ (and their sanity) with science interludes which are as interesting as they are informative and there are a good few FAQs at the back, some of which have been covered in previous volumes but some that are entirely new. Northcutt also provides a nice little summary of the lessons [...]

    • Anna says:

      Another volume with great science essays and bitter but amusing Darwin Awards. One thing I loved about this volume was the rearranged chapters - all of the tedious explanation of the Darwin Awards and its rules are now at the END, which I think is a great organizational move. Makes it much easier to get into the book.

    • Jeannie says:

      I've always been a fan of the Darwin Award books but for me this one just fell flat. Could have been the lengthy and boring Science Interlude chapters between each chapter that seemed longer than the chapters themselves. Bad idea! This book series should come to an end unless she can come up with better stories than these! Sorry Wendy!

    • Cheryl says:

      A nice and amusing read that I picked up at The Book Thing while scoping out books to give away at Kensington. I was especially interested in the fact that the author was honest enough to start the book with her own near brush with death as a result of her own stupidity. The ingenuity with which humans inadvertently end their own lives never ceases to amaze and, yes, amuse me.

    • Vicky says:

      Sadly less interesting than I thought it would be. I think maybe if it was a lot shorter and was all about actual Darwin Award winners, not all these 'almost's and science interludes. Didn't realise I was so bloodthirsty but there you are.

    • Angus says:

      The Darwin Awards were an entertaining, and funny collection of stories about stupid people who remove themselves from the human gene pool. Its a good book but isn't a novel, and is best read for pleasure.

    • Rebecca King says:

      Meh. I couldn't have been much more bored with the "science interlude" sections between chapters. First time I've read one of these cover to cover and I don't think I'll bother again. Picking up the odd silly story here and there is amusing, but reading it straight through is pretty bland.

    • Jesse says:

      Fun enough. Very different from what I usually read, and not something I would probably pick up for myself. Lots of short vignettes on various hilarious and horrible things that happen to people, both award winners and near misses.

    • Ashish says:

      Not that big a fan it's funny but also a bit depressing. sure, it's great i don't have to share the planet with these idiots any more, but there's a new one born every minute and after ------- funniest videos and YouTube, a book version of the same feels redundant.

    • Nurshafiqa says:

      lost interest halfway through.i don't know i feel like stupidity is sometimes good for humanity. so i don't like the idea of this book celebrating the inability of "stupid" people to reproduce and pass on their genes or can stupidity even be inherited?

    • Afshin Afshar says:

      Interesting collection of short stories that clearly demonstrate the stupidity of humankind! What is more scary is that improvements in medical field could be negating the useful function of natural selection!!

    • Chele says:

      Funny, frightening it's amazing that there are so many old people, given that so many people are so, very, very likely to take themselves out of the gene pool.

    • Jeremy says:

      I don't recommend. The earlier books were much funnier.

    • Jenn says:

      My guilty pleasure reading

    • Matt says:

      A decent book, for it's genre. Little more then a compendium of stupid wars to die. Hilarious, but not for readers who feel sympathy.

    • D.turner000 says:

      Maybe I've read too many, or maybe this book just isn't as good overall, but the stories weren't as funny or original as I remember the first few books being.

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