Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

1993 Darwin Awards

Honoring Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible.

Death of Dracula
Older Darwin Award Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin<

A college student costumed himself as Dracula for Halloween. As a finishing touch, he put a pine board down the front of his shirt so he could "realistically" sink a knife into the board and pretend he was transfixed by a vampire-killing stake. He didn't consider the strength of the thin pine board when he tapped the knife in with a hammer.

Propelled by the force of the hammer, the sharp blade split the soft wood and buried itself in his heart. He staggered from his dorm room into the Halloween party, gasping, "I really did it!" before succumbing.

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Submitted by: Wendy Renee and ArnoNcarl

Reference: Dead Men Do Tell Tales by William R. Maples, Ph.D., 1994


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