Wendy Northcutt

Wendy Northcutt, a graduate of University of California at Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology, began collecting the stories that make up The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action (Penguin) and its sequel, The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection (Penguin) in 1993. Both titles have been bestsellers in both hardcover and paperback editions. Northcutt also founded www.DarwinAwards.com, an award-winning Web site that is one of the most popular humor pages on the web.

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The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection

by Wendy Northcutt

New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback

The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection brings together a fresh collection of the hapless, the heedless and the just plain foolhardy among us. Salute the owner of an equipment training school who demonstrates the dangers of driving a forklift by failing to survive the filming of his own safety video. Gawk at the couple who go to sleep on a sloping roof. Witness the shepherd who leaves his rifle unsecured - only to be accidentally shot by one of his own flock.

With over 100 Darwin Award Winners, Honorable Mentions, and debunked Urban Legends, plus science and safety tips for avoiding the scythe of natural selection, The Darwin Awards II proves once again how uncommon common sense can be.

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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action

by Wendy Northcutt

New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback

Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action vividly portrays the finest examples of evolution in action and shows us just how uncommon common sense can be.

Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires without shutting off the current. Gape at the lawnchair jockey who floats to a height of 16,000 feet suspended by helium balloons. Learn from the man who peers into a gasoline can using a cigarette lighter.

These tales of trial and awe-inspiring error - verified by the author and endorsed by website readers - illustrate the ongoing saga of survival of the fittest in all its selective glory.

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