There’s some awesome wisdom that came from the time Bart Simpson said “girls go to Mars to buy candy bars, boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.” And of course, being a male, Bart points out how he really didn’t have to go Jupiter. Turns out, men are just wired that way. A recent study proves what we’ve long suspected: men, being more prone to idiotic risk-taking, are more stupid than women.
For all the women who have constantly face palmed themselves over their male counterparts, science has finally noticed with a study titledThe Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behavior, published in the British Medical Journal.
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Granted, something like stupidity is subjective and hard to put into numbers, but this study managed to do just that, by looking back at the past winners of the Darwin Awards. These awards, aptly referencing the survival of the fittest concept, are given out to “individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives.”
The study looked up on the past winners of the Darwin Awards over a period of 20 years. They found out that of the 318 winning cases, that 282, or 88.7 percent, were men.For example, one instance was of a terrorist who was “blown away” to death when he opened his own letter bomb upon its return due to insufficient postage stamps.
The authors of the study who are all male – possibly inspired by the theme – did make note of the fact that the research came with certain limitations (no pun intended). Biases where they speculate that women are more likely to nominate men for the award, or where cases of male stupidity are seen as more “newsworthy” were highlighted. They also mentioned that the awards recipients were very likely to be under the influence of alcohol.
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Nonetheless, the conclusion that“men are idiots and idiots do stupid things” is a conversation that people – women more than men - are not likely to stop having any time soon.