We’ve had a lengthy exchange of
letters recently in the EXPLORER on
Darwin, evolution and religion,
continuing debates that started exactly
150 years ago.
For those interested in the evolution
of our species, the annual Darwin
Awards recognize those less evolved
members who have removed
themselves from the human gene pool
by actions of conspicuous stupidity.
And the winner of the 2005 Darwin
“When his .38-caliber revolver failed
to fire at his intended victim during a
hold-up in Long Beach, Calif., would-
be robber James Elliot did something
that can only inspire wonder. He
peered down the barrel and tried the
trigger again. This time it worked.”
And honorable mention?
“When a man attempted to siphon
gasoline from a motor home parked on
a Seattle street he got much more than
he bargained for. Police arrived at the
scene to find a very sick man curled
up by a motor home near spilled
“A police spokesman said that the
man admitted to trying to steal gasoline
and plugged his siphon hose into the
motor home’s sewage tank by mistake.
“The owner of the vehicle declined
to press charges, saying that it was the
best laugh he’d had in years.”