Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

1994 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.

Junk Food Junkie
1994 Darwin Awards Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin

This year's Darwin Award went to the fellow who was killed by a Coke machine, which toppled over on top of him as he was attempting to tip a free soda out of it.

Carol Todd says, " When I worked in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a young man did indeed kill himself in this manner. Try the Florence, Alabama Times-Daily."

Man found pinned under vending machine [A robbery attempt gone bad? That's my bet] An investigation is underway this morning after a death on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University here in Charlotte. Around 12:30 am a security guard found a man pinned underneath a vending machine. When medics arrived the man was pronounced dead. No one from the university has been available for comment. We have learned the victim was not a student. Submitted on 01/05/01 Submitted by: Reference: Charlotte Observer 01/05/01 ( Copyright © 2000

Mark Lockwood and Mike Buck report:
"Damned if this didn't happen again! A repairman from Canteen Services told me that last night, 5 January 2001, at the Univeristy of North Carolina in Charlotte, a student once again offed himself by pulling a vending machine on top of himself." --Darwin confirms that a man was crushed beneath a vending machine; however, he suffered a heart attack while unloading a vending machine from a truck. No safety considerations were violated, making this copycat death ineligible for a Darwin Award.

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