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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.

Avoiding a Fight
1999 Darwin Award Winner Confirmed True by Darwin<

(19 December 1999, New York) A man died on Thursday after falling off the roof of a moving car. He was arguing with his girlfriend during a drive home the weekend before Christmas along Interstate 88. Although the vehicle was travelling in excess of 65MPH in the midst of gale-force winds, the man decided to exit the car onto the roof, presumably to escape from the fight. The man fell to the ground and was rushed to hospital but died the next day due to head injuries. The woman was charged with driving under the influence.

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Pain and the Darwin Awards

I recently learned an astounding fact about anger, and must annotate this story. A gentle touch produces soothing neurochemicals. In the same way, an angry shout in a grating voice produces a painful brain state in the target. This man may have been escaping from a pain as real as that produced by physical injury. If his actions were due to irrational responses under the duress of psychic pain, can he truly be considered for a Darwin Award?

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