Named in honor of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who were killed due to extremely stupid actions « thus, chlorinating the human genetic pool. »
The project was launched in 1993 with the creation of a website, followed by a series of books starting from 2000, written by Wendy Northcutt, the designer of the project. Furthermore, accidental self-sterilization is also eligible, and the price is usually awarded posthumously.
The first to receive this award was a student who dressed himself as Dracula for Halloween. He put a pine board under his shirt so he could stick a knife into the board in a realistic way and pretend he was stabbed.
In front with his friends, he hit the knife with a hammer causing a crack in the board, and the knife penetrating his heart. The poor guy then shouted « I really did it! » dying before the eyes of his friends.