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(NEWSER) – The winners of "Darwin Awards" die in a stunning variety of stupid ways, but the great majority of those killed trying to clean chimneys with grenades, ride in shopping trolleys hitched to trains, and so forth have one thing in common: They're men.

A tongue-in-cheek study in the British Medical Journal calls this proof of "male idiot theory," noting that out of 318 verified cases from the last 20 years, 282 Darwin Awards were awarded to males and just 36 to women. That gives men a "highly statistically significant" 88.7% of the awards for those "who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it." Men who accidentally castrate themselves are also eligible for Darwins.

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