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The Darwin Awards: Sex Differences in Idiotic Behaviour


The Darwin Awards: Sex Differences in Idiotic Behaviour

Ben Alexander Daniel Lendrem et al. BMJ.


Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little is known about sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. This paper reviews the data on winners of the Darwin Award over a 20 year period (1995-2014). Winners of the Darwin Award must eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive. This paper reports a marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners: males are significantly more likely to receive the award than females (P<0.0001). We discuss some of the reasons for this difference.

Conflict of interest statement

Contributors: BADL conceived the study, designed the data collection tools, and cleaned and analysed the data. All authors were involved in interpreting the results and drafting and revising the paper.


Male and female Darwin Award winners. Line H0 indicates expected percentages under the null hypothesis that males and females are equally idiotic

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