Re: 1999 Darwin Awards

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 24 Aug 1999 23:18:03 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:
> Robert, I get the Darwin awards from various sources in my email,
> [I didnt post these] but they always sound urban legendy. I havent
> figured out how to verify, so I must treat them as fiction. The one
> about the guy who tried to hang/shoot himself, missed, bullet cut
> the rope, etc, now that just couldnt be true. Why do *I* always
> end up being the nay-sayer? spike

I second the nay-say on the multiple suicide, and also the bee-bombers. Stories with intricate dramatic irony are always suspect, with the classic (untrue) example being "The case was closed as a suicide".

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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