Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

2021 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.

Rock Hound Un-Henged
2021 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Rock Hard Erection At Opus 40

(9 May 1976, Hudson Valley NY) 1976 Retrospective.
Opus-40 is an ambitious stoneworks some compara to Stonehenge, flaunting six (6+) acres of hand-built stone ridges, bridges, moats and monuments. Quarried at the site by old dead guy Harvey Fite, his magnum opus is a wild landscape of stoner madnesss!

Dry-stack stonework is a time-tested and durable technique. It's how the Roman arches hang together! And as goes the Roman Empire, so goes Harvey Fite. Mr. Fite died at the age of 72 only a few years short of completing the walls, ramps and stairways, placid pools, murky moats and subterranean passageways of his dreams.

And how, you ask, did this stonemason bite the dust?

Magnum Opus: An impressive work of art, especially the culmination of a lifetime spent mastering the arcana.

He died Darwin dumb, to be honest. While riding a lawn mower, Harvey zoomed out onto a precipice and fell into his own stone quarry. And snap, just like that he was stone dead! On the sunny side, this artist loved where he lived & and died where he loved. Surely his heart still resides in this  amazing grace  amazing place.

Gotta love a Darwin Award winner with such dedication in life and in death. Today, forty years down that rocky road, his heirs and successors are squabbling over his legacy according to the New York Times report that brought this noble Darwin Award to our attention.

Reference: Wikipedia Harvey Fite
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Reference: Wikipedia Harvey Fite,
NY Times: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

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