Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dennis Lendrem,
Professor John Isaacs
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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.
Author(s): Lendrem BD, Lendrem DW, Gray A, Isaacs JD
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 11/12/2014
Acceptance date: 07/11/2014
ISSN (print): 0959-535X
ISSN (electronic): 1756-1833
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
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