|In the spirit of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chances of long-term survival.||
The candidate must be the cause of his own demise.
The candidate's own gross ineptitude must be the cause of the incident that earns him the nomination. A hapless bystander done in by a heavy anvil dropped from a skyscraper is merely suffering from bad luck. If you are smashed by the anvil that you rigged above your own balcony to kill those squawking pigeons, then you are a Darwin Awards contender.
A tourist trampled to death by a rampaging bull in a parking lot is experiencing bad luck. If you are gored to death during the "Running of the Bulls" while riding naked in a shopping cart piloted by your drunken friend, you are a candidate for a Darwin Award.
Some feel that a person who intentionally attempts to win a Darwin Award, and succeeds, is by default a perfect candidate for a Darwin Award. However, readers should remember that a Darwin Award is a dubious honor, and we discourage anyone from intentionally attempting to join these illustrious ranks.