Darwin strikes again

About 20 years ago, long before I ever heard of the Darwin Awards, I coined the phrase “Active Darwinism” to describe the phenomenon of people doing moronically stupid things that end up getting themselves killed. And this weekend, in New Hampshire, we apparently had another example of someone who self-chlorinated his personal gene pool.

Saturday night, a 47-year-old New Hampshire man took his OHRV (Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle, or “four-wheeler”) out for a spin. He was apparently a bit sloshed at the time, as he neglected the “off-highway” part of the name and the time of night, as the police spotted him tooling down a main road with his lights off. They tried to pull him over, but he ran. He raced down a trail, presumably hoping the cruiser couldn’t follow him, but didn’t see the gate across the trail. Two hospitals, including the world-renowned Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, did their best, but they couldn’t save him from his own stupidity.

The lesson to be learned here is simple, and one I’ve said before: the laws of Nature are much harsher than the laws of Man. Under man’s laws, Mr. Eastland would have faced a fine and some jail time. But Nature deemed his offense a capital one.

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