A collection of cautionary tales about the undignified ways you can kick the bucket - and they're all true! The vegetarian who was killed with a frozen leg of lamb, the cyclist who swallowed his own dentures and the burglar who fell head-first into a toilet and drowned. These are just a few of the true reports which reveal some of the silliest ways a whole host of unlucky people have bought the farm.
The Darwin Awards - legendary true tales from www.DarwinAwards.com - commemorate the remains of people who have improved our gene pool by killing themselves in spectacularly stupid ways. One of the most popular manifestations of modern-day pessimism, the Awards are known and loved by practically everyone with access to email. This sequel to the bestselling Darwin Awards book brings together more true stories on the universal themes of death and stupidity, including:* Femme Fatalities* Engines of Destruction* Male-FunctionsThe Darwin Awards: true stories that will make you glad to be alive!
Death comes in many forms—sometimes peaceful, sometimes tragic, sometimes dramatic . . . and at other times just plain weird. In History’s Weirdest Deaths, you’ll read the true stories of more than a hundred people who met their end in a bizarre fashion. Each cautionary tale is unique. Meet the victims of stunts that went horribly wrong, ordinary people who made boneheaded blunders, and famous figures who realized too late that celebrity isn’t a cure for stupidity.
Offering a compilation of the stupid things that people do, this three-part study of humankind descibes human idiocy within such areas as politics, history, science, and sports, and offers advice on how to avoid doing stupid things.
Lieutenant Ray Grabor senses a serial kidnapper is operating in Norman, OK after not only one, but two young men, of about the same age disappear along with their cars. When one of these cars shows up, but not the kid that owns it, his radar hits its max level. He may not be dealing with just kidnapping now, but also with murder. It's not long before Grabor has a lead, and like a dog with a juicy bone, he tears into every aspect of that lead until his sees a course of action. It's a journey that Grabor and the kidnappers will never forget. Unintended consequences, death and loss continually block the progress of the kidnappers to reach their ultimate goal. Their crafty planning and luck initially keep them free, but their efforts are not enough to shake Grabor and he remains a force to be reckoned with causing them to commit acts of desperation and weariness to set in. As a result they begin to make stupid decisions that not only put their lives at stake, but also that of Grabor and the other officers on their trail, as well as innocent people along their path.Oklahoma, Texas and even the Mexican police force all become involved in the effort to secure their capture, not to mention the opportunistic marauders in the Chihuahua Desert who work with the drug cartels. It becomes a race as to what fate the kidnappers, and perhaps murderers, will meet. Will they be captured by police, killed by marauders, or will the elements and creatures of the desert be their unexpected downfall? Or, could it be a combination of all of the above.Grabor started this chase in his twentieth year of police work. Sadly, his tenth year held a turning point for him as his wife and child became victims of a serial killer he had been pursuing. He fought through a period of time when it didn't seem he would be able to survive not just his job, but also his life. He ended up surviving because of his job and the people who cared for him in the department. He focused, honed his skills and succeeded in his job and the admiration of his fellow officers. However, his job was all he had and loneliness was a way of life.When the chase took him to the border town of Roma, TX, that all changed. As luck would have it, he walked into a new station and a renewed life. Within a second or two at the most, he met and fell in love with Sergeant Eleanor Smith. Although extremely occupied with his pursuit, he still had ways to include her professionally, and for their relationship to grow personally. Were the dangers of the chase going to rob him of this new and wonderful romance and the benefits that love had to offer after so much sadness?What will be the conclusion? Who will live? Who will die? Who will be left to grieve? Who will feel joy? This is an intense action novel with many twists and turns that will keep you asking those questions throughout. The answers may surprise you, and your feelings for the characters will as well.
"This book, and its companion volume, 'Trusting in Providence', tell the story of writing critical histories of art and literature in a state and country where there is little interest in the life of the mind and where arts institutions, funding agencies and other bodies... think that there is little value in critical thought or in knowing anything about Australia's cultural past." -- Back cover.
I would say that disease, death and stupidity don't forgive. What would you do to save yourself from one of these three things? But from all three? And what would you do to save your loved one from disease, both from death and you from stupidity? It is about how the world looks like when love insists, stupidity overthrows but yet disease and death don't forgive this thing...
I have done some stupid things which nearly killed me; the first at age 10 and the last, I hope, at age 70. You may note that this is a long span of years to commit near suicidal follies. Doing such things as a child or even as a young man may be seen as natural, naturally stupid perhaps, but persisting in such activities well into the years of reason, reflection and maturity may indicate a surprising lack of those ripening fruits of age and experience.I think of myself as a prudent man, a taker of calculated and controllable risks. Of the six incidents described below, five occurred before I was 22, that is, during the youthful period of natural stupidity as opposed to the period of determined stupidity which may unfold after one has grown up. With respect to the incident that occurred when I was 70 at Whale Cay, I believe it was due more to bad judgment than to determined stupidity although the difference between the two is often difficult to see, especially before the event.
"Avital Ronell's work studies the fading empire of cognition, modulating stupidity into idiocy, puerility, and the figure of the ridiculous philosopher instituted by Kant. Investigating ignorance, dumbfoundedness, and the limits of reason, Stupidity probes the pervasive practice of theory-bashing and related forms of paranoid aggression. A section on prolonged and debilitating illness pushes the text to an edge of a corporeal hermeneutics, "at the limits of what the body knows and tells.""--BOOK JACKET.
A satirical "award" celebrating the worst traits of humanity features the man who used a cigarette lighter to check his gas level, the surfers who celebrated an oncoming hurricane with a beach party, the scatter-brained terrorist who opened his own letter bomb (and scattered his own brains) among other stories of human idiocy. (Humor)
Dark humor about those who have removed themselves from the gene pool. An original and irreverent compendium of accidental deaths caused by astonishing stupidity, embarrassing irony and/or really bad luck, in the tradition of The Darwin Awards.
A third collection of misadventures of people who have lost their lives by engaging in questionable activities includes the stories of a sheriff who shot himself twice and an artist who made a necklace using live ammunition.
This work offers humorous examples of male stupidity, from the Russian soldiers who, after a drinking binge, sold their Chechen opponents a tank and armoured vehicle, to the Toronto lawyer who fell to his death from the window of a skyscraper after testing the window's durability.
America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History. From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to alert us that the British were coming and not that Paul Revere dude. Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has finally found its rightful place in American history. Excerpt from the book: "John Tyler was on his knees playing marbles when he was informed that Benjamin Harrison had died and he was now president of the United States. At that time marbles was a very popular game for both children and grown-ups." For reasons still unknown, Texas congressman Thomas Lindsay Blanton, a Presbyterian Sunday school teacher and prohibitionist, inserted dirty words into the Congressional Record in 1921. His colleagues overwhelmingly censured him on October 24, 1921, by a vote of 293-0."
OH, THE STUPIDITY!Dive into this square-jawed quartet of humorous sci-fi stories and discover that yes, Humans Are Stupid - but that's what makes us interesting. Re-Zip to the Rescue!For a starship crew marooned in the brain of a giant space squid, hope arrives in a most dubious form: intergalactic door-to-door salesman Bob Branton. Atypical Exterminators, IncorporatedWhen strange jellyfish invade his life, a desperate man fights to save his family, his home, and reality itself. C.O.D. Calamity After hard-nosed Ted Benton discovers a tiny gargoyle smashed to death in the grille of his Chevy, he's determined to make a quick buck... at any cost. Attack of the Student ZombiesSurrounded by hundreds of jabbering middle-school zombies, a team of two-fisted teachers struggles mightily to escape the dim and dusty death trap known as the faculty lounge.
California's energy deregulation drama made headlines for most of 2001and 2002. It has proven to be one of the biggest regulatory, political and public policy mistakes in the last hundred years of the American economy. The plan to deregulate California's electricity markets partially worked a strange alchemy on politics and business. The results cast a harsh light on: partisans who didn't fully understand their ideology; consumers who wanted cheap energy but no power plants in their neighborhoods; political compromises that ended up being far worse than extreme positions; and corporations ready to exploit new rules for what they thought was their immediate gain. This book explains what happened in the California energy crisis, why it happened and who was to blame.
In a world of bumbling idiots, stupidity is a growth industry. One smart strategy is to laugh at it all with this outrageous collection of hilarious tales about the stupid things people do in every field of human activity. Bob Fenster has combed the world of the intellectually challenged searching for more tales of stupidity to entertain us with.........and he's hit the jackpot! After the success of his first two books, Duh! and They Did What!?, Fenster has struck again with Well, Duh! Our Stupid World, and Welcome to It. More tales of the dim-witted and simpleminded are incorporated in chapters such as: * Food for Thoughtlessness: The All-Turnip Diet and Other Loony Meals at the Mindless Cafe * Hollyweird: Bird Brains in Tinsel Town * Dumb Ways to Die: Buried Alive but Not for Long * Government by the Idiots: How to Get Elected to Anything