These People Literally Died Of Stupidity, And Now They Deserve A Darwin Award

humor | Rick Lax & Friends | 7/23/18

Charles Darwin had a theory that only the fittest among us survive to pass along our DNA. This is how species evolve to suit their environments. Some creatures just aren’t fit enough to run with the best of us.

The Darwin Awards were created in the spirit of Charles Darwin. They “honor” people who contributed to human evolution by removing themselves from our gene pool, either via death or sterilization. Frankly, we’re thankful that these people won’t be passing along their stupid, stupid genes. Keep reading to learn about a man who voluntarily walked into a tiger enclosure and a guy who thought it was a good idea to put a lit firecracker up his butt.

An Explosive Way To Go

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In February 2012, in North Carolina, 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning spotted a salsa jar full of what he thought was some kind of alcoholic beverage. He took a swig and quickly realized that the jar was, in fact, full of gasoline.

He spit the gasoline out all over his clothes and then decided to light a cigarette. You can probably guess what happened next. Gas + Flame = R.I.P Gary.