Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

2017 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.

Air Strike Out
2017 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Black and
white selfie of two young women, posing while standing on a
municipal airstrip.

(25 March 2017, Mexico) Women are underrepresented in the Darwin Awards. We hope readers appreciate this cautionary true account. One fine day Nirvana and Corral (pseudonyms) went off to see the horse races. They were excited to be at the racetrack in the Sovereign State of Chihuahua.

The races were held on a track adjacent to an airfield runway. Spectators arrived in vehicles and in planes. After the races, Corral (18) and Nirvana (17) wanted to share a selfie online—as one does. In order to selfie the racetrack scene, they needed to gain elevation.

But horses race on flatlands. Airfields are built on flatlands. The highest spot was on top of a vehicle parked alongside the uncontrolled airfield runway.

They chose the highest platform they could-- a flatbed truck or a van-- and climbed to the top. Accounts differ on the specific vehicle, but agree that the women did not have permission.

Posing and smiling, paying no attention to their surroundings, they were taking a big risk by becoming the highest points at this rural airfield. According to news reports, the noise of the crowd drowned out the noise of a descending aircraft, and the wing of the aircraft struck and killed them instantly.

Tragedy Of The Selfie.

Personally I do mourn the deaths of two lively young people. But I also expect this will serve as a warning to other younger folks. Please share this regrettable Public Service Announcement. #selfiedeaths © 1994 - 2022
Submitted by: Jorge Andrés Zenteno Pérez
Mueren dos chicas decapitadas por una avioneta por hacerse un 'selfie'
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