This doesn’t show that men are more stupid. Rather, it shows that there are more stupid men. Something different and not all that much of a surprise when we consider that there is greater male variance than female:
It’s enough to start a new battle of the sexes, but when it comes to needless and untimely deaths, men win hands down.
A 20 year study of the Darwin Awards, an annual review of the most foolish way people have died, found almost 90 per cent were ‘won’ by males.
Named after Charles Darwin, who postulated the suvival of the fittest, it recognises those who have inadvertently improved the gene pool by elimiating themselves from the human race by astonishingly stupid methods.
Worthy candidates have included a man stealing a ride home by hitching a shopping trolley to the back of a train, only to be dragged two miles to his death before it was able to stop, and the terrorist who unthinkingly opened his own letter bomb on its return after he posted it with insufficient stamps.
Other examples include the man who shot himself in the head with a ‘spy pen’ weapon to show his friend it was real, and the thief attempting to purloin a steel hawser from a lift shaft – and unbolted it while standing in the lift which then plummeted to the ground, killing him.
That letter bomb is a classic of the genre there, isn’t it?