Top 10 Strangest Darwin Awards Cases in 2018Credit to https://darwinawards.com/ for the list of these cases.
The Darwin Awards are "honors" that were created around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.
The criterion for the awards states, "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."
These cases didn't have to have happened in 2018, but must've been "Confirmed true by Darwin" in said year to qualify. If no year is provided in the descriptions of the events then they occurred in 2018.
Be prepared for some deaths that will make you go "What the hell were they thinking?"
The Top Ten
Darwin Awards... one of my most favorite topics ever! And yes, "Love Gone Cold" screams "Darwin Award", including the ironic date he died. Well done! - Metal_Treasure
His name was fitting. - Ashes
Karmic Valentine Schadenfreude
February 14, Berlin
On December 19, 19-year-old Karmic and his soon-to-be-ex were walking along the Havel River, quarreling. Unable to win his conversational point, Karmic shoved the woman into the icy river, jumping in to push her under.
But she could swim. He could not.
She swam safely to land and quickly recovered from hypothermia. He sank and lost consciousness in the 2°C waters, and was pulled out by water police and transported to Charité Virchow Clinic in Berlin.
Karmic died on February 14th--an ironic date indeed--from irreversible brain damage.
November 6, 1816, New York
A Founding Father makes this list? How astounding!
Morris was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution. This intelligent and influential man died from an infection caused by shoving a whalebone into his urethra to clear a blockage...gross. Should've just called a doctor.
January 28, Malaysia
Kosnan spotted a twelve-foot reticulated python dozing on the side of the road. "That sizeable snake is worth money! " The 35-year-old prepared for this windfall with gloves and a sickle.
Zaim won the first round, and triumphantly he held the reptile's head high as he transported it home by motorbike.
Swinging in the air, the displeased captive made a counter-move and wrapped its body round and round its captor, constricting in self-defense. Zaim swerved off the road and the results of Round Two became apparent to passers-by the next morning. They killed The snake to free the man's body, and a post-mortem confirmed his death by strangulation.
Two unnamed men
February 20, Poland
After a road collision, a 29-year-old from Krakow and a 40-year-old from Zambrów each emerged from their damaged cars and began arguing. The argument grew into a physical fight...then shrank down to bloodstains on the asphalt when the men lurched into the adjacent lane of traffic. A lorry weighed in on the fight, permanently terminating the road-rage.
January 30, Gaza
This sexagenarian and founder of Hamas was examining his personal weapon in his home when he inadvertently discharged it into his face! Twenty-one days after accidentally shooting himself, Abu Hamam, 62, succumbed to the self-inflicted head-bang and died.
One would assume that a senior member of Hamas knows how to handle a gun--yet Abu's incautious "personal weapons inspection" was unexpectedly daft.
August 5, 882, France
On a fine autumn day in Saint-Denis, King Louis III glimpsed a beautiful woman he needed to woo and pursue. On horseback he chased her! Clearly not seeing where he was headed, he whacked his royal skull on a door lintel. He died on the spot.
Moral of the story: When blindly following your desires, the world can "crash down upon your head".
March 8, New Jersey
Anthony was going to his father's house to shovel the driveway. After the second nor'easter storm in a week, hundreds of thousands were left without power. Utility crews worked overtime to deal with downed trees and electric lines.
Anthony decided to take a detour. According to police, he simply navigated around bright orange traffic cones warning motorists of a hazardous downed wire on Route 208.
Officers arrived at 9AM to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. A live power line was sputtering in the roadway near the vehicle. The fire totally gutted the car, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Ironically, Anthony was employed as an ELECTRICIAN.
That's very ironic (like most cases, by the way, but this guy was an ELECTRICIAN) - Metal_Treasure
June 9, Czech Republic
Warnings of storms and torrential rains did not stop four geo-cache seekers from climbing into an underground waterway in search of sunken treasure. Such a tunnel they entered would be one you'd NEVER go down in a rainstorm.
A gigantic wave in the underground channel caused havoc with their quest, washing two survivors all the way into a river. The two others drowned and washed away. Only one has been found, and has unfortunately made this list.
July 22, Wales
A woman was run over by her Mazda after she pulled over to check whether the grocery bags were in the trunk. The car, not parked correctly, ambled backwards along the drive and killed the woman.
Reporters have not revealed if the bags were indeed in her trunk.
March 31, Germany
This woman smoking outside a hospital died from third-degree burns after her oxygen ventilator ignited, setting fire to the plastic upholstery of her wheelchair.