Men Do The Dumbest Things, According To Science

The next time you call the man in your life an “idiot,” know that science — if not compassion — is on your side.

A new tongue-in-cheek analysis published in the typically offbeat Christmas edition of the distinguished British Medical Journal examined winners of the Darwin Awards — a dubious prize given to those among us who have injured ourselves or even perished due to, uh, poor risk assessment skills. They found that 88.7 percent of the “winners” were male.

On the other hand, the clever person who came up with this study is himself a man — or close: 15-year-old Ben Alexander Daniel Lendrem from Newcastle, U.K., conceived and carried out the analysis with his statistician father, Dennis Lendrem, reports The Washington Post.

The Lendrems defined idiotic risks as “senseless… where the apparent payoff is negligible or non-existent, and the outcome is often extremely negative and often final.”

“According to ‘male idiot theory’ (MIT) many of the differences in risk seeking behavior, emergency department admissions, and mortality may be explained by the observation that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things,” explained the study authors. “In this paper we present evidence in support of —> Read More Here


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