Homo stupidus

The fascination of IT received some rare public recognition recently when the Darwin Awards for 2007 were announced. Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the Awards commemorate those who improve the gene pool by accidentally removing themselves from it.

So hats off to Oscar, a 29-year-old computer tutor who nabbed sixth place in the latest Awards by deciding to work on his laptop while driving along Highway 99 in California last February. Oscar paid his ultimate dues to multitasking when his car drifted over the centre line and into oncoming traffic, killing him and totalling the car, although thankfully leaving the computer (and everyone else involved in the accident) in perfect working order.

The laptop still works! >>

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