From the sheriff who unintentionally shot himself twice, to the insurance defrauder who amputated his leg with a chainsaw; from a farmer who avoided bee stings by sealing his head in a plastic bag, to the man crushed by the branch he'd just severed; The Darwin Awards III proves again that when it comes to stupidity, we are the most advanced species on the planet.
Don't miss the other volumes of the Darwin Awards.
©2003 Wendy Northcutt; (P)2003 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
"This collection of true stories is so funny that you may find yourself close to earning a Darwin yourself if you listen while driving. This is due both to the clear prose in which Northcutt describes the events and to the way narrators Graybill, Lawlor, and Schaller deliver these stories. Each has a tongue-in-cheek delivery that allows the humor to shine through. Each pauses for effect when necessary, or simply when someone has done something so stupid as to stun the reader into silence." (AudioFile)
Possibly if it were read by someone who thought the material was funny, rather than two people who took turns sounding bored.
Other Darwin Awards books? Yes
Otehr Comady bookds? No
I think it mayl have been funny in print
I've heard peopel on podcasts and radio quote things from the Darwin Awards .. and it was very funny. Partly becasue the DJ or Podcaster thought it was funny and it showed in their voices .. which added to the expectation that what they were saying was about to get really funny.
These two sounded like they were reading from a college textbook. And they were definitely READING from something, not presenting the inforamtion in any smooth, natural speaking kind of way. They ruined the whole thing.
As has been proven through the Ages, other people's stupidity is something humans find a great source of humor. The more stupid the other person's actions, the funnier we find it. The fact that this stupidity could lead to someone's demise does not seem to diminish from our perception of its funniness. As such, this book continues that great comedic tradition. As in the psychological phenomenon known as "Schadenfreude," other people's short-comings can be satisfying, by making us feel superior.
Listening to this, I got that much-needed ego boost. Just the thing to listen to after getting laid off!
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