So they took a look at the data on Darwin Award winners over the past 20 years, from 1995 to 2014.
This is excellent data to work with. The winning event must be verified, winners must “show an astounding misapplication of common sense,” the winners must be both capable of making good decisions — and they have to be the cause of their own death. Exactly the kind of “idiotic” risk taking the researchers were looking for.
The researchers excluded honorable mentions, urban legends, and anything unverified.
They also didn’t include men who didn’t successfully eliminate themselves from the gene pool, like the man who “slipped when using a belt sander as an auto-erotic device and lost a testicle” — he was able to repair his scrotum using a staple gun and save the other testicle — so was still able to procreate
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