...as opposed to her just being plain stupid. Nope that couldn't possibly be it. /sarcasmRJ 17 said:Additional note to Story 2: the article I read indicated that the mother believed the game actually possessed her daughter...as in demonically possessed her...and that's why she went into traffic.
Well, that's because she's the only one in the group who suffered because of someone else's stupidity, rather than her own. I'm glad the docs were able to save the baby.Caramel Frappe said:The story that got to me was the pregnant lady.
They have a sizeable 'Honorable Mentions' - category, where most of these people would fit right in.Novus Ultimus said:To qualify for a Darwin Award, you would have to die. So this is just a list of silly people doing silly stuff.
Not quite.Novus Ultimus said:To qualify for a Darwin Award, you would have to die. So this is just a list of silly people doing silly stuff.
I stand corrected. Still, it seems none of these people qualify. Some of them might be worthy of an honorable mention though.SlumlordThanatos said:Not quite.Novus Ultimus said:To qualify for a Darwin Award, you would have to die. So this is just a list of silly people doing silly stuff.
In order to win a Darwin Award, you have to be removed from the gene pool. If your stunt took away your ability to reproduce, you can "win" one and still be alive.
To add to this, I think what annoys me the most is the fact that she was playing Pokemon Go is only tangentially related to the story. With all the other stories it can be argued that the incident was directly caused by people playing the game, but in this case what happened is her sister yelled at the van driver, who responded by quickly backing up, causing him to hit the pregnant girl, who happened to be playing Pokemon Go at the time. If she'd been, let's say, eating a sandwich instead, people wouldn't be saying "sandwich eater rushed to hospital after hit and run". The Pokemon GO aspect just seems very shoehorned in.K12 said:The inclusion of no. 6 seems like a really cruel thing to include. She (and her premature caesarean born baby) were injured due to somebody else's stupidity not her own, so not only would it not technically qualify under the Darwin awards criteria, it doesn't even follow them in spirit.
Basically don't just stick "Darwin Award" on to random stories were something bad happens. Darwin Award stories are supposed to be funny and there's a sense that the victims "deserve" what happened to them, basically bad-taste done right.
There's not an ounce of dark humour or justifiable schadenfreude in a story about an innocent pregnant women getting run down through no fault of her own and then needing emergency surgery to stop her unborn baby from dying. If her death in that situation could have qualified for a Darwin award then so could the victims of the shootings in Nice, Paris, Orlando and Munich (fuck me, we've had a lot of those recently).
Maybe she was trying to trespass into the cemetery by climbing up the tree?Ukomba said:Knowing how the game works, why would some one ever climb a tree?
Ah, you Americans are just adorable; don't ever stop.n0e said:8 Pokemon Go Players Who Deserve a Darwin Award
It takes a special kind of someone to be a nominee for a Darwin Award. Here's 8 examples of how to get nominated!
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Both stories of the hit-and-run drivers pissed me off so much; especially the one about the pregnant woman. They both deserve 25 to life for the stunt they pulled. Had any of those pedestrians actually died, the drivers would be even more screwed.Caramel Frappe said:The story that got to me was the pregnant lady. That's seriously a rough deal to be in .. every other story made me chuckle, sort of.
That said, the app warns you to check your surroundings and yet people will ignore it simply because they're in denial of consequences.
When I was a teen, I knew others who while stupid, would never ever cross in to a busy four lane street. Some notion of common sense has to happen no matter the age. With some exceptions here and there, if you are 15 or older and you know you're not supposed to go in to four lanes of traffic with speeding cars, but do it anyways over a fucking mobile app; yeah, you get the Darwin Awards in my book.Adamantium93 said:One technicality: people are not eligible for Darwin Awards until they are adults as teenage minds often don't act rationally even for individuals who will eventually grow up to be intelligent, reasonable beings. So a couple of those stories would not count, even if they did result in death or sterilization.