Gene Pool

“The problem with the gene pool is that there’s no lifeguard.”
David Gerrold

Gene Pool

The human race never ceases to amaze me. Especially when it comes to doing stupid things. In fact, there is even an award honoring individuals who died in exceptionally stupid ways. The annual Darwin Award honors those who improve the species… by accidentally removing themselves from the gene pool.

For example, in 1999 the Darwin Award went to a group of Palestinians who attempted to synchronize the detonation of two car bombs in the city. But the timers had been set on Palestinian time while the drivers were running on Israeli time. The bombs exploded an hour early, killing both.

The 2009 Darwin Award went to a man in South Carolina who spray-painted his face to disguise himself during a robbery. Despite clear labels which said it should not be allowed to contact the skin or the eyes, he spray-painted his face gold. Some time after the robbery he stopped breathing.

I pride myself in having common sense, but let’s face it, we all at some time or another find ourselves in precarious situations. Hopefully, these situations are few and far between. But most importantly, whatever mistake you make let’s hope it doesn’t become a Darwin Award moment and remove you from the gene pool.

Shine On

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4 thoughts on “Gene Pool

  1. I recently read about 3 nominees playing Russian roulette with a Cambodian land mine while drink. 3 were removed from the gene pool as a result. I make plenty of mistakes, but none as egregious as to land me as a Darwin candidate. 🙂

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