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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

“Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the universe.” -Albert Einstein Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards vividly portrays the finest examples of evolution in action, and shows us just how uncommon common sense can be.

Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires without shutting off the current. Gape at the lawnchair jockey who floats to a height of 16,000 feet suspended by heliu

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The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design

The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design

Over 1.5 million copies sold in this New York Times bestselling humor series

With over 1.5 million copies sold, the Darwin Awards series is the alpha chimp of humorous human mishaps. Despite being an international bestseller, and inspiring a movie—The Darwin Awards—these cautionary chronicles have failed to stop another generation of Darwin Award winners from steering motorcycles with their feet, heating lava lamps on stoves, using liquid soap as brake fluid, and drowning themselves

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Ignorance or Stupidity Regarding a Tsunami

Darwin Awards
by dmuth

Ignorance or Stupidity Regarding a Tsunami

The world continues to be ignorant about the power of a tsunami, so it’s time to review once again what a tsunami is. It is not a wave like you see in the ocean. You know, we’re talking about those swells we can body or board surf on, and that go right by us at the beach. Not at all!

A tsunami is first and foremost an energy wave transferred through the sea at the speed of a jumbo jet. In order to understand it you must first remember that if you jump off a 150-foot tall bridge, when you hit the water it is like hitting concrete. Why? Because water doesn’t change its shape quickly enough to accommodate the velocity of the falling body—and that body is falling at less than 100 miles per hour.

A tsunami is going 500 miles per hour. To understand the phenomenon, imagine you have a brick on a table in front of you. Put your left hand palm inward on the left side of the brick. Now hit the brick firmly with your right hand. You will see that the energy of your right hand slap is immediately transferred to your left hand.

Now imagine the Pacific Ocean as a giant brick and an earthquake as that hand slap. The energy passes across that “brick” at nearly the speed of sound, approximately 500 miles per hour. If you are a sailor at sea you don’t even notice it, because it is passing through the entire volume of the water beneath you. As that energy approaches shore it focuses, and raises the level of the sea itself, sometimes hundreds of feet.

Another way to think of it is to take a cake pan and fill it with water to the brim. Now tip it ever so slightly and the water pours out, not in a wave but a rush. That is what happens when a major earthquake moves seawater. This is why tsunamis are sometimes referred to as tidal waves. Because they seem more like a tide, raising a number of feet in a few minutes rather than the customary six hours. The speed of the water rise makes a difference.

Which all brings me around to the Oregon and California men, who thought it would be fun to go out and photograph or surf the tsunami. The photographer in Oregon is now a candidate for the Darwin Award because he eliminated himself from the gene pool in such an extraordinarily foolish manner that he improved the chance of the long-term survival of the species. He was apparently the only American to die on America’s coast from Japan’s worst earthquake in over a century.

CNN gave us video of a California man, who thought it would be exciting to surf the tsunami. He’s not a Darwin Award candidate this time, because the tsunami was not 100 feet high. But if he does that again, he might well achieve the goal.

What is the one and only thing you should do if you are in the vicinity of a potential tsunami strike? Run!

Skip Conover is an International Executive, Author, and Artist. Skip lived in Japan for 8 years. He started studying the work of Carl G. Jung in the mid-1980s, and applied Jungian Archetype in his writing and paintings since 1993. He is the Founder of the Archetype in Action Organization, and he developed its web site.

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Nice Darwin Awards photos

Check out these Darwin Awards images:

Brave / stupid
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Image by Phillie Casablanca
Dude falling asleep on his windowsill, three stories up from a very hard pavement

Drilling the hard drive
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Image by dmuth

Drilling one of the drives
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Image by dmuth
Ignore the laundry line in the foreground

The destructor

A few nice Darwin Awards images I found:

The destructor
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Image by dmuth
Cordless drills sure are fun!

Death row
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Image by dmuth
Three of the now dead hard drives are lined up. The fourth one went and jumped off a cliff. 😛

Beringea Exits Organic Baby Food Company Plum Baby

Detroit (Vocus) June 10, 2010

Beringea has sold its stake in premium organic baby food purveyor Plum Baby to Darwin Private Equity. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The company, founded in 2006 by former chef and mother of three Susie Willis, pioneered the premium baby food sector in the United Kingdom and has witnessed dramatic year-on-year growth. Its award-winning range of over 50 products, created with the ethos of “real food for babies, not just baby food,” is distributed in all major British supermarkets and includes baby food puree pots, purees in pouches, baby cereals, fromage frais and baby biscuits and snacks.

?Our investment in Plum has been a rewarding one. Under the leadership of a strong, dynamic management team the company is now in a market-leading position, ” said Karen McCormick, investment director at Beringea. “I am delighted that Darwin?s purchase of Plum will enable the company to move forward to its next stage of growth and that we have been able to realize a profitable exit for our shareholders.?

The initial investment in Plum Baby was made in 2007 by Beringea?s ProVen Health Venture Capital Trust fund.

Beringea is an international private equity and investment banking firm with offices in Detroit, London and Shanghai. Beringea’s funds invest in a range of small- to medium-sized companies with the potential for high growth and strong returns for investors. Beringea is the manager of funds, including the InvestMichigan! Growth Capital Fund, InvestCare Partners, Global Rights Fund II and the ProVen family of venture capital trusts. For more information, visit http://www.beringea.com.

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Related Darwin Awards Press Releases

Should the 4 Americans sailing off of Somalia be given Darwin Awards for achievement?

Darwin Awards
by dmuth

Question by Astro Smurf: Should the 4 Americans sailing off of Somalia be given Darwin Awards for achievement?

I can’t foresee any issue with sailing off of Somalia

Best answer:

Answer by kinder
probably, but not for sailing, I’d give it for breaking off from the group – now that was an epic decision.

Give your answer to this question below!

What is the funniest Darwin Awards story?

Question by Wally the Wallmeister: What is the funniest Darwin Awards story?
please give me the full description or a link to I can find the whole thing online.

Best answer:

Answer by Persiphone_Hellecat
Here you go. You can read them all.

http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/

A friend of mine is on a very famous drive time radio show and they do a lot of funny news stories and goof on them. Recently there was one about a guy who went in to rob a convenience store with his finger as a gun. Only he forgot to put his hand under his jacket. So there he stood pointing his finger at a very startled convenience store employee. Finally, he grabbed a bag of Sun Chips and walked out. Duh.

Pax-C

What do you think? Answer below!

Why do Conservatives win more Darwin Awards than Liberals?

Question by US Army Veteran: Why do Conservatives win more Darwin Awards than Liberals?
Is it because they are smarter?

Best answer:

Answer by Arthur
Conservatives win more Darwin awards because they don’t believe in evolution. QED.

Add your own answer in the comments!

Darwin Awards

Wendy Northcutt, author of the celebrated book series called “The Darwin Awards,” offers up her own brand of natural selection that salutes the improvement of the species by honoring those members who have accidentally removed themselves from it. Her lecture is slated for Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm in the Cooperage. The event is free to SSU students with ID or general admission. The UC Berkeley molecular biologist discusses the creative, inane, and altogether awe-inspiring accidents that have improved the human gene pool and the poor departed souls that made the spectacular mishaps happen. Such accidents as the drunk man who wanted a wild poisonous snake as a pet, the sober man who tried to rob a man that was selling a gun, and an elderly gentleman attempting to rid his lawn of gophers by electrifying the very ground he stood upon will be discussed. Also on topic will be the honorable mentions of the Darwin Awards – those who had a bout with natural selection but survived with their reproductive capability intact.
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