||2007 Darwin Award: The Alchemist
Russia | As a child, Sergei promised his grandmother,'I will establish for you the elixir of immortality!' As an adult, we find Sergei sitting in a classroom and licking cyanide off his palm...
||2007 Personal Account: Remember The Hindenburg
Remember the time the science teacher dropped a bit of sodium into a bowl of water? The element skips about, fizzing as it burns. Well, for one teacher, this tidy little demonstration didn't go exactly to plan...
||2009 Darwin Award: Doublemint Dumb
In a scientific quest with unknown objectives, a student of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute inadvertently performed a chemical experiment on himself with fatal results. This 25-year-old chemistry student had acquired
||2008 Darwin Award: Chemistry Went To Her Head
Bulgaria | A biology teacher was driving two friends home from a memorial service. Suddenly bystanders saw all three occupants dash from the car to a nearby manhole, and start pouring down liquids and powders from various bottles and jars...
||2002 Personal Account: Chemistry Lesson
I am a high school science teacher in Birmingham. I usually teach physics, but due to teacher shortages, I ended up teaching chemistry a few years ago. As you all know, chemistry can be fun, especially when you get on
||2001 Personal Account: Real Science
A friend of mine attended a private school in Nashville, and one of his chemistry teachers may well have become a Darwin winner by now. She told the class one day that salt is made in factories, to the disbelief of most o