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2018 Darwin Awards

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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.

Lovestruck Louis III
2018 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

(5 August 882, France) A powerful ruler is not immune to the consequences of his actions. Over 1,000 years ago, Louis III ruled West Francia for three short years--a brief reign marked by military success. King Louie conquered new tracts of territory, and he defeated Viking raiders, but alas! Despite amazing success, amazing loss soon followed.

On a fine autumn day in Saint-Denis, France, the king glimpsed a beautiful woman he needed to woo and pursue. On horseback he chased her! Clearly not seeing where he was headed, he whacked his royal skull on an innocent door lintel. The coup d'état, a fatal blow! His cranium fractured, King Louis III died to teach us an important life lesson.

Be careful!! When blindly following innate desires, the world can "crash down upon your head" in the space of one overzealous woo.

Reader Comments:
"While chasing a dress through an egress, duck your head or end up dead." J.Leeper
"When it comes to hormones, the brain takes a back seat." -E. Pawlicki
"The woman considered it an Act of God..."E.Vann Moon
"Woo, Pursue, Head Flew" W.Northcutt
"The original Headless Horseman." -J.McGregor

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