Men really are bigger idiots than women, study says

LONDON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Science has finally proven what many women have long speculated to be true: Men really are the more idiotic sex.

A whimsical study published in the special Christmas issue of The BMJ evaluated which gender is more likely to take part in idiotic behavior based on 20 years of Darwin Award results.

The annual Darwin Awards are awarded each year to individuals who die while taking part in astoundingly risky and idiotic behavior. The name of the award is based on scientist Charles Darwin, known for positing the notion of "survival of the fittest."

The study found that between 1995 and 2014, 282 nominees were men, while 36 were women. Men accounted for an overwhelming 88.7 percent of Darwin Award nominees.

"This finding is entirely consistent with male idiot theory (MIT) and supports the hypothesis that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things," the study says.

"It is conceivable that the sex difference is attributable to sociobehavioural differences in alcohol use. Anecdotal data support the hypothesis that alcohol makes men feel 'bulletproof' after a few drinks, and it would be naïve to rule this out," it continued.

The authors of the study concluded their theory of MIT "deserves further investigation."

"With the festive season upon us, we intend to follow up with observational field studies and an experimental study -- males and females, with and without alcohol -- in a semi-naturalistic Christmas party setting," they wrote.

So there you go, men are more idiotic than women. An entirely valid scientific study says so.

By Danielle Haynes