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The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviour
BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7094

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.
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There are a number of troubling things here. The first is that you can say this about anyone: "one man thought it would be funny to urinate on the beehive." More troubling is this: "He convinced several other men to do the same."

Was there no one in the group with the low IQ necessary to say, "Umm...I don't think that's such a good idea?" Were these people perhaps going outside for the first times in their lives, with no exposure to books, magazines, television, the internet, that might have taught them not to pee on beehives?

I think that I will spend the rest of my day telling all I encounter they should avoid doing as these men did. You see, there are people in my life that I dislike - some, intensely - but none I dislike so much that I wish them bee stings on their genitals.

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My father was the Art Director on the original Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
I was only 4 at the time, so it's great to finally learn all the behind-the-scenes stories.
For instance, my Dad had never mentioned the explosion during the episode with The Who.
(BTW, this St. Patrick's Day will mark 20 years since his passing.)
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And just like our kitten - she won't turn the water off after. He's grown out of it now, but he used to like to sit in the sink while the water rose round him. Now he just plays with a stream of water from the tap...luckily for the water bill he's happy with a thin trickle.
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I offer an enthusiastic yes to #2. I've managed to mostly avoid this problem so far. Probably in about 3-4 years or so, it won't be a problem at all.

The last time was in, of all places, a children's museum. I was astonished that it did not have a family restroom.
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Quite simple, if you have a laptop/lcd screen, just tilt it back a bit. Magically turns from Gold/White to Blue/Black as you tilt it backwards, and back again if you tilt it forwards.
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SO weird. I saw this story a few other places today and always saw white and gold, as I did when I first read this story. Closed the computer to get everyone out the door. Came back, and now the thing is blue and black. Oh my head.
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I don't think you can tell - because we don't know what colour light was used.
If we had a reference sample of, say, white paper pinned to it, it'd be a lot easier to tell.
Being seriously colour-blind, I've learned over the years to hold back on colour judgements until I've seen it in several lights.
I'm fitting out a shop next week - and since we don't know what colour lights the new customer will require we're putting in fancy LED units that do three different colours of white. We've used them elsewhere, and the customers really like them - and they're only about three quid each more expensive.
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The risk of being successful is the arrogance of thinking that what you have done in the wheel works in the future suppose What colors do you see in the dress? My answer was White with gold. After I see my vote percentage 46% of total voter. So I am very happy.
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Nice work, John. I too love spending time in my shop, making things both useful and sometimes not-so...

I totally take your point about challenging yourself and learning new skills. Recently I've been flogging myself thru learning sketchup 2015 so i can create handrail brackets for the reno we're doing on our 150-yr-old house. our local library can 3-D print them for me, and we're fortunate enough to have a foundry in the area that still does small batch casting. i love being able to add personal touches like that to our place.

keep up the good maker-work, and keep having fun!
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