Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

1999 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.

Liposuction Tragedy
1999 Darwin Award Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin

(September 1999, New York) David, a 44-year-old Mineola man, was more desperate to be rid of his flab than most. Why not save money and allow his friend to perform amateur liposuction on him in his garage? As you might guess, using a vacuum for liposuction is not the safest of weight loss programs. David died in the makeshift medical clinic, the victim of a lidocaine overdose. Anyone foolish enough to lie back and take the medical ministrations of a unlicensed liposuctionist in his garage workshop deserves a Darwin Award for his heedless vanity.

The fake physician apolgoized to the man's family.

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Submitted by: Nicolas Murat
Reference: Associated Press

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