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2007 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.

Electronic Fireworks
2007 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(1 January 2007, Netherlands) The first Darwin Award of 2007 goes to Serge, 36, who thought it reasonable to hover over an illegal professional firework and light the electronic ignition with an open flame. This was not a traditional fuse--it was a device designed for precision timing, and a flame should not have been used at all. Regardless of the fuse type, a person's head should never be placed in the way of a firework.

The heat triggered an immediate launch and the fireworks catapulted upwards, killing our amateur pyrotechnician enroute to a spectacular burst across the night sky.

A witness told reporters, "His face disappeared. If someone has no face left, you know it's serious." Serge had purchased the firework legally in Belgium but then illegally transported it into the Netherlands. His father disputed the notion that Serge was careless, characterizing his son as a man who gave due consideration to his acts.

Every year another idiot gets nominated for a Darwin Award for this same reason. Please, readers, keep your itchy fingers off the triggers of these dangerous fireworks!

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