Welcome to the Darwin Awards 2018! Humorously named after Charles Darwin in reference to his theory of natural selection, the Darwin Awards feature stories of people who died in insanely foolish fashions. In other words, these individuals seemed especially ill-suited to reproduce. The Darwin Awards list all those people who nature weeded out of the gene pool.
These seemingly dumb people of 2018 found themselves meeting their fate in particularly absurd and gruesome fashions. The best Darwin awards feature easily preventable mishaps and misfortunes. While these accidents are certainly tragic, at least we can learn something from these Darwin Awards winners. Read up on the stupid ways people died this year to avoid making the same mistake.
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Unemployed and likely looking for some extra money, 35-year-old Zaim Khalis Kosnan passed away in January 2018 in a shocking case of death by snake. Kosnan apparently saw a 12-foot python on the side of the road while riding his motorcycle through Malaysia. According to his sister, Kosnan returned home and told her that he intended to capture the snake and sell it. He then left with a pair of gloves and sickle. Later, Kosnan was found dead on the side of the road near his motorcycle, the snake still wrapped around his body.
Upon examination, police discovered Kosnan died via strangulation. Officials theorized that the snake began to constrict Kosnan while he was driving, leading to him fall from his motorcycle. The police believe Kosnan was holding the snake by its head while transporting it home, allowing the reptile to curl around his body in self defense.
In May 2018, Odisha, India, Prabhu Bhatara tried to take a selfie with an injured bear while stopping at a bathroom on the way home from a wedding reception. Bhatara's friends reportedly tried to deter him from taking the selfie, but he ignored the warnings and got up close to the animal for a picture. The bear quickly attacked and - despite attempts to intervene - Bhatara died on the spot. The bear was later treated for its injuries.