The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction

Version: Abridged
Author: Wendy Northcutt
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor , Julie Schaller
Genres: Essays & Memoirs
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Published In: November 2010
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Featuring all-new stories of the human race's lowest rung on the evolutionary ladder, the new DARWIN AWARDS is the latest addition to this successful brand. Aside from the bestselling book and audiobook collection that has sold over 1.5 million copies, the Darwin Awards brand includes a website that gets over 1 million hits per month and has over 100,000 newsletter subscribers, 2 miniature book editions, a movie starring Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes, t-shirts, greeting cards and much more merchandise.
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Author Details

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Northcutt, Wendy

"Wendy Northcutt studied molecular biology at UC Berkeley, then worked in a neuroscience research lab at Stanford University. She launched the Darwin Awards archive on a Stanford website, and emailed stories to a small list of friends. When academia began to pall, she joined a start-up company hoping to develop cancer and diabetes therapeutics, and continued to work on the Darwin Awards.

Eventually the lure of the Internet proved too strong to resist, and Wendy abdicated her laboratory responsibilities to pursue a dream. She now works as a freelance webmaster, and hones her skills on the Darwin Awards website. Today, nominations from a worldwide network of fans are presented for vote and debate at

Wendy first learned of the concept of the Darwin Awards from her cousin Ian, a mildly eccentric philosopher who later started his own religion in order to avoid shaving his beard while working in the pizza industry. Ian is now pursuing a degree in archeology, and his hair is no longer an issue.

Wendy devotes her free time to studying human behavior, writing Darwin Awards, reading, traveling, and gardening."