Science Fun of the Week
(January 6th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Sex differences in idiotic behaviour.
“The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviour” is a classic BMJ Christmas issue paper, written by amongst others an orthopaedic trauma surgeon. With 720,296 page impressions in its first 12 months, it's also one of the most popular BMJ Christmas articles ever.
From the introduction:
"According to 'male idiot theory' (MIT) many of the differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency department admissions, and mortality may be explained by the observation that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things. There are anecdotal data supporting MIT, but to date there has been no systematic analysis of sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. In this paper we present evidence in support of this hypothesis using data on idiotic behaviours demonstrated by winners of the Darwin Award."
Read more here.