One day he’s going to die doing something stupid:
A 20 year study of the Darwin Awards, an annual review of the most foolish ways people have died, found almost 90 per cent were ‘won’ by males.
Of the 318 valid cases remaining, 282 (88.7 per cent) were awarded to males and just 36 to females, a gender difference entirely consistent with male idiot theory (MIT) that states men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.
Writing in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, the researchers say it is puzzling that men are willing to take such unnecessary risks – simply as a rite of passage, in pursuit of male social esteem or solely in exchange for “bragging rights”.
The study is tongue in cheek but to be honest it’s not even really surprising. We’re awful. I’m a man. I come from a long line of men. (My father was a man. His father was a man…) Some of my best friends are men! But men are awful. Women are awful, too, but, you know, less awful.