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This series is dedicated to a real Wizard of the sciences who inspires our youth to think about the physics of natural laws in unique and engaging ways, our own Professor Gizmo. I have been inspired by Giz's caches since the very beginning and this tribute is a long time coming and part of the reason it is a series and not just a single tribute cache.
The theory of natural selection, 'paraphrased', states that the strongest and most adaptive species will survive to produce offspring upon which their successful survival traits will be passed and perpetuated. Non-adaptive species, who have weak survival strategies, will not propagate as many offspring since many won't live long enough to do so, and therefor not pass on their not-to-bright genes.
Well, we humans are certainly not immune to this rule of nature, although we do sport cognisance and free will. We also display more than a few influential non-survival emotions, including sympathy and compassion, to help carry some of our less deserving through. Indeed, it's this sense of thinking we "know better" that gets some of us into trouble when we ignore our gut instincts and proceed to put ourselves at incredible peril.
Some years ago, a special category of awards was created to credit these highly evolved individuals who, by natural selection, saw fit to end their own genetic lines on our behalf. I speak, of course, of the Darwin awards. Your task will be to determine which year the Darwin was awarded to the recipients listed below. While there are hundreds of Darwins, I have chosen only a handful where the animals in the deadly encounters displayed more sense than their human counterparts.
A: This sleeping shepherd should have remembered to put the safety on before he started counting sheep.
B: This brilliant thief tried a new tactic to escape his pursuers by hiding out with some frisky felines.
C: This south of the border boozer thought a shot of fresh honey would make the perfect chaser, he was right.
D: This eager fisherman decided to expedite the extraction of nighties using a few more joules than most and got juiced in the process.
E: This nature-loving Krishna decided he wanted to do more than talk with the animals and ended up swimming with the fishes.
F: This orange farmer took all the precaution he needed from potential stings, except giving himself a little room to breathe.
G: This guy should have kept a little whiskey on hand to loosen up his hungry constrictor.
H: This infamous stargazer, who named some animalistic constellations, was too polite to excuse himself from the table to relieve himself and got closer to the stars as a result (use the death year for this one).
I: Why did the chicken fall down the well? To get these six idiots to the "other side".
J: Sheep are not the only trigger-happy critters out there, snakes can pull a "Pulp Fiction" too!
(No hints available.)
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