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Wendy Northcutt
Wendy Northcutt

Wendy Northcutt (b. September 17, 1963) is the creator of the Darwinawards.com website and author of four books on the Darwin Awards. Image File history File links Wendy. ... Image File history File links Wendy. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... A Darwin Award is a tongue-in-cheek honor named after evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. ...

According to the short biographies in her books and on her website, Northcutt completed a degree in molecular biology at Berkeley, worked in a neuroscience research lab at Stanford, and later managed the protein purification group at a biotech startup developing cancer and diabetes therapeutics. Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... Drawing of the cells in the chicken cerebellum by S. Ramón y Cajal Neuroscience is a field that is devoted to the scientific study of the nervous system. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...



In 2001, Northcutt was interviewed by Jamie Allen of CNN [1]: Northcutt stated that reservations over child cases caused controversy. She stated, "Before (the awards became popular), we were an insular community and we could make fun of people and those people (or their families) would never find out. But as it got bigger, I realized there was more and more danger of really hurting people." In the same interview Northcutt says "I've gotten several emails from people [who knew a deceased man who "won" a Darwin Award], saying, 'This is horrible. It has shocked our community to the core. You should remove this.' But I can't. It's just too stupid." She also suggested that children who read her books were likely to become more careful with explosives.

Northcutt was also interviewed by Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News. Emmons states that "...Northcutt considers herself a potential Darwin candidate. She describes herself as a klutz." Look up Klutz in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

When interviewed by Salon she said "If there are multiple stupidity genes, then having one or two might make someone creative, while having a dozen would make her a dangerous idiot." Northcutt has been interviewed by CNN[1], Salon.com[2], Jeep van Carr[3], the j.ello report[4], the Spokane Spokesman-Review[5], and the SJ Mercury News[6].


  1. ^ CNN.com interview by Jamie Allen
  2. ^ Salon.com: We're With Stupid by Carina Chocano
  3. ^ Jeep van Carr
  4. ^ j.ello | report
  5. ^ Spokane Spokesman-Review "Darwin was Right" by Doug Clark
  6. ^ San Jose Mercury News: SV Magazine Darwin for Dummies by Mark Emmons


  • 2000: Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, ISBN 0-525-94572-5 & ISBN 0-452-28344-2
  • 2001: Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection, ISBN 0-525-94623-3 & ISBN 0-452-28401-5
  • 2003: Darwin Awards III: Survival of the Fittest, ISBN 0-525-94773-6 & ISBN 0-452-28572-0
  • 2006: Darwin Awards IV: Intelligent Design, ISBN 0-525-94960-7

External links

  • The Darwin Awards

  Results from FactBites:
Wendy Northcutt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (215 words)
Wendy studied molecular biology at UC Berkeley, worked in a neuroscience research laboratory at Stanford University, and later joined a biotech startup developing cancer and diabetes therapeutics.
Wendy is the leading authority in the novel ways humans manage to accidentally eliminate themselves from the gene pool.
She specializes in debunking urban legends, works as a freelance webmaster and public speaker.
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