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Relieve stress by laughing at the terminally stupid

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What do you do while you're waiting to hear if you've won that South Midlands Evanescent Heritage Centre competition? Why, surf a little. Try www.darwinawards.com.

This is a site devoted to commemorating 'those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it'. In other words, people who get killed because of their utter stupidity.

Like the boss of a machinery training school in Perth, Australia, who while making a safety video drove a forklift too fast over rough terrain without a seatbelt, was catapulted from the cab and died, crushed under the wheels.

Or the 19-year-old who briefly played Russian roulette with an automatic pistol. Other non-lethal stories include 'Scrotum self-repair' and 'Man in Trash Compactor'. The philosophy section discusses such dark topics as 'Which is more powerful: a car's engine or its brakes?'

According to the home page http://freeweb.pdq.net/headstrong/ is about 'bizarre stuff you can make in your kitchen', more prosaically, experiments you can conduct in the office washroom when your partner has gone home. Projects include dancing mothballs, gum wrapper popper, sparking grapes and stupid egg tricks.

So? No one said this was rocket science.

The greatest site of all is www.forteantimes.com, the site of the magazine Fortean Times - inspired by that great gleaner of oddities, showers of frogs and giant octopuses, the one and only Charles Fort. Wonderfully impartial, it can report a Bigfoot story straight and simultaneously cite Michael Sherman, publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of Why People Believe Weird Things, as saying: 'If you believe in Bigfoot it's most likely you believe in Loch Ness and the lost continent of Atlantis.' Er, Loch Ness?

Other article titles on the website this month included 'How birds learn songs', 'Murderous car starts itself ' and 'Homing hamster returns'.

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