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.
2004 Darwin Award Winner
Unconfirmed by Darwin
(8 April 2004, The
Netherlands) The Martinitower is the tallest building in the north part of
the Netherlands, rising 96 meters above the polders. High winds blast the
top, making it a frightening place for some sightseers. Fortunately, a
balustrade protects visitors from accidentally being blown off, and
built-in seats allow them to rest their weary bodies after the onerous
climb to the top. But these safety measures were mere inconveniences to a
20-year-old man who decided to impress his girlfriend with his
devil-may-care nonchalance. He climbed up on the balustrade and swung his
legs to the outside. Then, aided by a gust of wind, he "slipped away,"
according to his father, who added, "he just liked to show off a little."