Are Men More Likely To Take Stupid Risks?

We all do dumb stuff — both men and women. But now there's a study that proves once and for all who makes dumber decisions — and it's men.

In a study published in the BMJ that pretty much epitomizes dark humor, male students at the King Edward VI School in the U.K. found that men are more likely to die from doing something really stupid. They very simply looked at all of the Darwin Award (given to those who die as a result of idiotic behavior) winners between 1995 and 2014 and examined the gender breakdown.

For reference, the award was given to three men who played a variation on Russian roulette alternately taking shots of alcohol and then stamping on an unexploded Cambodian land mine (Spoiler alert: It killed all of them.).

They found that males made up 88.7% of Darwin Award winners, which they say confirms their "male idiot theory" (MIT) and supports their hypothesis that "men are idiots and idiots do stupid things."

Of course, the study does have its limitations. For example, there may be selection bias, because for all we know, women may be more likely to nominate men for this award, and we know nothing about the nomination committee.

Regardless, researchers have known for a long time that men tend to be more impulsive and engage in riskier behavior than women. Yes, the study is humorous, but it's a solid cautionary tale, especially at this time of year. So whether you're a man or a woman, you should maybe lay off the boozy eggnog before going out to chop firewood.

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