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2022 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.

124 Snakes Seek Less Annoying Housemate
2022 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Random venomous looking red striped snake.

Maryland Has A Snake Problem #1

(21 November 2021, Maryland) A homeowner in Montgomery County was fed up with a snake infestation. But instead of calling a professional they opted to smoke the basement with burning coals on the basement floor! The coals started a fire that likely did smoke out snakes, but it also spread and burned that house to the ground! Like bringing a chainsaw to a knife fight. There were no (human) injuries, so this one's an Honorable Mention--but check out the next:

Maryland Has A Snake Problem #2

Authorities carry
caged exotic an venomous snakes out of an ordinary-looking suburban
house.

On January 19, 2022, authorities making a 'welfare check' in Pomfret, MD found David Riston dead alone in their house--alone except for numerous species of snakes, some venomous! Cobras, rattlesnakes, black mambas, and a gigantic python were among the 124 serpentine residents still living in the house. These exotic snakes were kept in beautiful habitat enclosures, but evidently one disgruntled Serpente had protested confinement: Autopsy confirmed that the 49-year-old Homo sapiens died of 'accidental' snake envenomation.

Accidental? Did anyone ask the snake about its motives? Also I found no report on which species did it. I sense a parlor mystery game here... The body was discovered on January 19, 2022 and (snort) NEIGHBORS HAD NO IDEA!

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Reference: Honorable Mention--wtop news,
Darwin Award--nbcnews.com and pennlive.com
Honorable Mention submitted by James Carver in January.

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