DarwinAwards.com Schadenfreude - there isn't really an equivalent word for it in english - the best translation is "laughing at the misfortune of others". There may not be an english word for it, but there are awards for those who have done something really stupid... so stupid in fact that it has either killed them (or caused them intolerable pain). They are called the "Darwin Awards" and are named in honour of gene genius and "origin of species" guru Charles Darwin. This is because those who qualify for a Darwin Award have truly removed themselves from the gene pool.
For example, from the Darwin Awards 2000, what about this worthy award winner:
A 51-year-old man from Long Branch in America decided to satisfy his fantasy of robotic love by seeking sexual gratification with his vacuum cleaner. Our horny hero didn't realize that the suction on his hand-held Singer A-6 was created by a blade whirling just beneath the hose attachment, adjacent to the collection bag. His search for pleasure was cut short seconds after he stuck his penis into the vacuum and the blade lopped off part of his penis. With a sense of loss, he staggered to the phone and called police. He told them that he had been stabbed in his sleep. When police pointed out suspicious evidence, the victim claimed not to remember the incident. Surgeons at the hospital stopped the bleeding, but were unable to reattach the 1/2" severed part. Though this man is still alive, his ability to reproduce has been curtailed by both his injury and his desire for household appliances.
Wendy Northcutt is the organiser of the Darwin Awards in Los Angeles and Steve Crilley will be asking her for some of her favourite example of worthy Darwin Awards winners. And don't forget to check out the Darwin Awards' website, (it's one of the world's most popular sites) and you can also order the latest edition of the Darwin Awards book from the page too. Click here and it'll take you there: DarwinAwards.com
Dirty little browsers "Wanderlust" is a new show on Irish Television that combines the Internet and chat rooms, TV blind dates and a "Rough Guide" type travel show. Each week they select two very different single Irish people - different ages, different sexual orientation and different background from each other - who have applied over the Internet to travel to the same major European city. The "dirty little browsers" then book their flights and accommodation online, and then the search the Internet chat rooms to find a date in that city. The "browsers abroad" take their dates to the city's best-kept and funkiest secrets - shopping, clubs, pubs and sights, all off the beaten track.
If you're between 25 and 30 and interested in being the "browser abroad" when Wanderlust comes to Innsbruck in December you can go to their website: www.wanderlusttv.com or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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