The Darwin Awards III: Survival of the Fittest
by Wendy Northcutt
|The hilarious New York Times bestselling phenomenon—more than 1.5 million copies sold!
Honoring those who improve our gene pool by inadvertently removing themselves fromit, The Darwin Awards III includes more than one hundred brand new, hilariously macabre mishaps and misadventures.
From a sheriff who inadvertently 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 just trimmed, The Darwin Awards III proves again that when it comes to stupidity, no species does it like we do.
Featuring scientific and safety discussions and filled with illustrations depicting inspiring examples of evolution in action, The Darwin Awards III shows once more how uncommon common sense still is. (304 pages, 2003)
While not receiving any writing credit for his contribution (he did get a free copy of the book and a t-shirt), this book contains author Andrew Butters’s first published words (around 500 of them, actually). Who would have thought that lighting one’s self on fire could be so funny? You can read Andrew’s story on the Darwin Awards website under the title The Barbequed Chef.
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-0525947738
Paperback ISBN: 978-0452285729
|Andrew is a 40-something married father of two living in Cambridge, Ontario. He will tell you that his first published work was Losing Vern as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology but in reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about how he accidentally lit himself on fire that made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books.
Fire is not the only foe for Andrew as he has received four severe concussions and four “minor” ones, the last coming in the summer of 2011. It goes without saying that he is totally on board with head protection and brain health.
Not all his distinctions are as dubious as appearing in a Darwin Awards book. He has also been on stage with Penn and Teller, on TV with Super Dave Osborne, scored a game winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens, “sold” music to filmmaker Kevin Smith, was given 3 seconds of non-speaking airtime in a TV commercial, and appeared as a fighting vagrant in a rap video.
He currently blogs, writes novels, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, equality, and the Oxford comma.
Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. Evidence of this can be found pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew.