When Charles Darwin studied the evolutionary process in the 1800s, he realized that animals have a selective breeding process called "natural selection." Animals born with a predisposition to survive in their environment were those who survived mating and passing on their DNA. This process will make the next generation of species smarter, faster, stronger and more likely to thrive in their environment.
Well, you may wonder – does the rule of natural selection apply to humans as well? It turns out that natural selection takes place every day. There are people who have done things that are incredibly stupid, that they have died and that they will never pass on their DNA to the next generation. The Internet has come together to collect these stories and call those people winners of a Darwin Award.
If you are surprised, it may come as no surprise to you that male Darwin Laureates outnumber women 7-to-1
10th Say cheese!
There is no denying that people are much distracted by their cell phones, and SMS and driving have become a real problem. However, selfies have become a leading source of death in recent years. There were hundreds of selfie-related deaths since the creation of the smartphone; Usually, people try to position themselves near the edge of a cliff, on railroad tracks or on a balcony.
A story of such a death is the British tourist named Dean Steele . He was in Germany and wanted to take a selfie on the highway. The highway is famous for not having a speed limit so that cars can drive as fast as they want. There is usually too much traffic on the road during the day to take advantage of this benefit. Therefore, most of the speeding is done at night when the roads are clear. This is exactly when Steele decided it would be a good idea to take a selfie in the middle of the highway, and he was promptly hit by a car that was driving at full speed.
. 9 Mystery Liquid
In 2012, a man named Gary Allen Banning visited a friend's house for a party in North Carolina. He spotted a salsa glass with a mysterious golden liquid, and he decided to take a sip of what he thought was someone else's. It turns out that the glass was filled with gasoline that the friend had used to remove grease. While the friends were in a good mood, Banning spit out the gas and it pulled over his clothes.
Banning had to take the lead from what had just happened, pulled out his lighter and started smoking a cigarette. The gasoline on clothes and mouth lit up in flames. Banning was taken to the hospital but died of burning.
. 8 Window Pain
In 1993, a lawyer named Garry Hoy worked on the 24th floor of the TD Center in Toronto, Canada, for the Holden Day Wilson law firm. The windows in the building were known to be unbreakable, and Hoy liked to fool around by throwing himself at the glass to prove it.
A group of law students visited the company one day on a tour when Hoy performed his routine and shoved his shoulder into the window. On this day, however, he was not allowed to know his own strength, because the glass slipped out of the window frame. He was right – it did not break, but he still went down 24 stories to his death.
This story became so well-known that it was featured in the  Mythbusters and 1,000 Ways to Die television series. It was also featured in a B-movie with the fitting name Darwin Awards
7. Faith Healing Failure
In 2015, a Zimbabwean pastor named Shamiso Kanyama claimed that he was endowed with powers from God to heal people. When five men from his city asked for help healing a mysterious disease plaguing their families, he told them to bury him alive because it would help him absorb more energy from the earth.
Kanyama helped the five men dig their own grave and lay face down in the dirt without a coffin. He ordered the men to bury him and dig him out after enough time had passed. Obviously he was dead when they dug him later.
Despite the fact that several witnesses were present to confirm the story, the five men who had buried Kanyama alive were charged with the murder of the pastor.
. 6 Oh, the irony
It seems common sense that helmet laws have been introduced to protect people's lives in cycling and motorcycling. But if you tell most Americans that they have to do something, they consider it a hindrance to their freedoms. About 550 motorcyclists attended a rally in New York in the summer of 2011 to fight for their right to ride without a helmet.
One of the demonstrators, a 55-year-old man named Philip A. Contos, had to strike during the breaks to prevent him from bumping into a bicycle in front of him at the rally and lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle. His body was thrown over the handlebar and he hit the sidewalk headfirst. When doctors examined his body in the hospital, they confirmed that he would have lived if he had been wearing a helmet.
. 5 A Full Moon
A 25-year-old man named Travis Lane was very drunk and tall after spending the night at a house party in Otago Township, New Zealand. A group of friends were standing outside a campfire, and Lane found it funny to pull down his pants and monitor the oncoming traffic. Every time he saw a car coming, he ran to the street, dropped his pants and then walked back to the group by the campfire.
During one of these stunts, Lane had to push his rear end a little too close to the highway because he was hit by oncoming traffic. He suffered a broken arm and a brain injury and was taken to the hospital. He died a month later. The coroner showed no sympathy for Lane and said, "He has paid the last price for his folly."
. 4 When Serpents Attack
In a small town in Kentucky, Pastors of a Pentecostal Church claim that by dealing with venomous snakes during their sermons, they prove that God protects them from harm. They have a strict policy that if someone is ever bitten by a snake, they are not allowed to see a doctor because God will take care of them.
In 2015, one of the pastors, John David Brock 19659004] was bitten in the arm by a venomous snake, and he refused to seek medical treatment. Not surprisingly, Brock did not get the antidote and he died. He was not the only pastor who died from the same church. Despite the obvious lack of faith, they continue to use deadly serpents during the service.
. 3 Not all fun and games
A 45-year-old schoolteacher named James Young attended the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. He walked onto the Raptor roller coaster, which turned and turned on its head. His phone and other personal belongings were in the bag during the journey, and they fell on the concrete under the tracks.
When the drive was over, he did not notify the people who made the trip that he had to get his phone back. Instead, he decided to jump over the fence into a limited area to get it himself. He jumped on the tracks … while the rollercoaster was still working. It raced away at full speed and killed him. The paramedics needed about 30 minutes, but then it was already too late.
If you should ever lose anything on a ride – please – Ask an employee for help.
. 2 About the Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world, located on the border between the US and Canada. It has seen its share of reckless stunts, and an attempt led in 1995 to the death of a man.
39-year-old Robert Overtracker from California traveled all the way to the East Coast to drive a jet ski at high speed across Niagara Falls to collect money for homelessness. His plan was to activate a parachute at the last minute and bring it to safety. The local police followed him while he was on the jet ski, pleading with him to reconsider the stunt because it was far too dangerous.
Unfortunately, the parachute was never fully activated and he crashed to his death in front of a crowd. There are no shots of the incident except a photo taken by an Egyptian tourist at the exact moment when he fell off the edge.
. 1 The ancestors were disappointed
A clairvoyant from Thailand named Theprit Palee claimed he was immortal because he protected the spirits of his ancestors. He was a fan favorite for the locals who really believed that he had incredible powers. Crowds flocked to him when he made a public performance.
During a public ritual, Palee stabbed himself in the chest to prove that he could not die. Not surprisingly, a 25-year-old bleeding occurred and later died in the hospital. It was all part of a rehearsed plot he'd made in the past with a thin sword that usually broke when he hit his chest, but obviously the sword he used was strong enough to pierce the skin , Apparently he was not immortal. Who could have seen this coming?