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The Sciences

Darwinism is Alive and Well

Cosmic VarianceBy JoAnne HewettJune 10, 2006 2:50 AM

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Here's a candidate for the next round of the Darwin Awards (courtesy of today's edition of What's New by Bob Park)

According to a Reuters story out of Kiev, on Sunday evening when the zoo was crowded with visitors, a man lowered himself by rope into the lion enclosure and walked up to the lions shouting,"God will save me if he exists," thus proving himself to be a man of faith. Without hesitation, a lioness severed his carotid artery.

Keep in mind that the spirit of the Darwin Awards is to salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who remove themselves from it. I can't think of a more appropriate nominee. PS: The subject of this post is named Ogtay Mahmudov and it is clear that he led a tragic life, right down to the circumstances of his death. I certainly meant no disrespect to Mr. Mahmudov in writing this post. The number of people on this planet who lead sad, troubled, tortured or tragic lives is certainly astromonical. If we can't keep some sort of perspective, or sense of humor, or poke some fun, then how do we cope without going mad ourselves?

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