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You send us your most ephemeral and worthless communications, and we'll carefully transcribe them into the most long-lasting medium known to man - a clay tablet. It's Dumb Cuneiform.
posted by davidjmcgee on Nov 7, 2015 - 37 comments

I'd like a dumb grande wuppy duppy latte, extra hot, please

On Friday, a Starbucks opened in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. There is something a bit "weirdly off-kilter" about this location according to one customer. In particular, everything there, including the store name has the word "dumb" in front. The store is claiming parody-based fair use exemptions to intellectual property law, and so far, the (non-dumb) Starbucks appears not to have responded. In case you want to pick what you want before hand, their menu of dumb drinks is posted on Twitter.
posted by saeculorum on Feb 9, 2014 - 152 comments

Being Dumb

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith writes in praise of dumb art.
posted by chrchr on Jul 27, 2013 - 39 comments

Killing Me Softly

Dumb Ways To Die. What it says on the tin. Courtesy of Metro Australia.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy on Nov 16, 2012 - 71 comments

So who are you voting for in the erection?

Uncle Obama's Banana by Sister Deborah
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 14, 2012 - 50 comments

Your favorite dialog tree imperfectly matches the enviroment it allegedly pertains to

There’s no nice way to say this, but it needs to be said: video games, with very few exceptions, are dumb. And they’re not just dumb in the gleeful, winking way that a big Hollywood movie is dumb; they’re dumb in the puerile, excruciatingly serious way that a grown man in latex elf ears reciting an epic poem about Gandalf is dumb. Aside from a handful of truly smart games, tentpole titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Black Ops tend to be so silly and so poorly written that they make Michael Bay movies look like the Godfather series. Taylor Clark's Atlantic profile of Braid creator Jonathan Blow has prompted some strong reactions. Are videogames dumb? Is hard to make them not dumb? Are most things dumb anyway?
posted by Artw on May 6, 2012 - 179 comments

Our readers respond below...

Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?
posted by Artw on Mar 12, 2012 - 185 comments

Dumb inventions

LIFE magazine presents: 30 Dumb Inventions of the 1950s and 60s. via laughing squid.
posted by serazin on Oct 6, 2009 - 82 comments

Of course, it's correlation and not causation.

Music that makes you dumb. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Mar 9, 2009 - 102 comments

R.I.P. Arizona Parking Solutions

R.I.P., Arizona Parking Solutions. Guy parks car without displaying his pass. APS boots car. Guy dollies car into his garage and invites APS to reclaim their boots. Or not; their choice: either way, they can't tow, he won't pay the fine, and he really doesn't need to be driving the car. This catch-22 upsets the owner. And eventually APS goes off the deep end, booting nearly everyone's car in the community. The media becomes involved. And we become witness to a business owner suiciding his own business.
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 18, 2008 - 128 comments

"Quick Ginger, we haven't a moment to lose!"

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar - The Complete Adventures Sung to the tune of the Devil's Gallop. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Mar 24, 2008 - 9 comments

Bull Poker

Desperate for money? Short on good sense? Bull Poker might be for you! Last one to get up from the table and run for his life wins the pot! All YouTube links. Warning: Some gore and blood. [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O on Feb 15, 2008 - 23 comments

I don't read

Books That Make You Dumb - Ever read a book (required or otherwise) and upon finishing it thought to yourself, "Wow. That was terrible. I totally feel dumber after reading that."?
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 25, 2008 - 234 comments

Stupid people say stupid things. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Nov 22, 2007 - 128 comments

Tu stultus es and get off my lawn

Dumbening.com: Measuring the Dumbening of America for Like 20 Years. With Special Reports: God Clarifies Stance on Radical Islam, Why Children are Stupid, The Elderly: Pros and Cons, Ten Reasons to Bomb Denmark and Guest Columnist Pat Robertson offers This Week in God's Wrath. Fake news not your thing? Then check out Stupid Children, a humor blog with links to real news stories of people behaving stupidly (last post is from 2006, so maybe people have gotten smarter since then). This rash of humor sites is all well and good you say, but some pretty serious people have dared ask: "Is our children learning?" Columnist Mark Morford [SF Gate] responds with a resounding NO: American Kids are Dumber that Dirt. Though the reaction from the reddit crowd has been swift and severe.
posted by psmealey on Oct 27, 2007 - 59 comments

A Vandal usque ad Vandal

'Osama bin Laden' motorcade with Canadian flags clears APEC checkpoints Members of The Chaser's War on Everything, an Australian TV comedy show, one dressed as Osama bin Laden, drove through two security checkpoints Thursday before being stopped near the Sydney hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush is staying. Examples of their 'expose' on terrorist security response. Example of a full show here. More about the APEC meet in Sydney.
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 6, 2007 - 53 comments

America's 10 Dumbest Congressmen

America's 10 Dumbest Congressmen. How dumb are they? Bill Frist isn't even on the list.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Oct 16, 2006 - 96 comments

Yuh! The Friggin' Chupacabra

A coyote raised on Moxie and Allen's. Maine's chupacabra dead at 25. Finally done in by a bondo covered El Camino SS (poster speculation on car type and quality).
posted by Mayor Curley on Aug 16, 2006 - 24 comments

It Was the Dumbest of Times

Business 2.0's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business for 2005
Remember this gem? "Women should be all dressed in white, like all other domestic appliances." Personal favorites are #36 and #40 but there's plenty more to enjoy. And the smartest company of 2005.
An update from long ago.
posted by fenriq on Jan 25, 2006 - 18 comments


Since Fox News wrongly identified a La Habra home as that of a terrorist, its five- member family has faced an angry backlash. A FOX correspondent named an alleged terrorist connected with the July London bombings, and went so far as to provide the man's address (deep in the heart of the O.C.) "to help local police". Unfortunately, the address was three years out of date, and the current residents who have no connection whatsoever with the former occupant are being threatened, harassed by people driving by & yelling threats at them, and have had their home vandalized by a spectacular moron with a spray can. Full story here (LA Times, use bugmenot).
posted by jonson on Aug 28, 2005 - 141 comments

Stupid Is As Stupid Wins

Stupidest. Awards. Show. Ever. The results are in for the 2005 World Stupidity Awards, hosted by Daily Show Guy Lewis Black and presented as part of the Just-for-Laughs Comedy Festival, and Host Country Canada was the upset winner of "Dumbest Government", beating out the U.S., Iran, North Korea and the whole damn United Nations. All the nominees are here, but don't bother voting, because the awards have been awarded, and that would be stupid.
posted by wendell on Jul 23, 2005 - 25 comments

Cruel medical procedures performed on children,

Aliens and Children. "This website features a series of drawings made by children who were abducted by aliens for the alien purpose of creating a new race of alien/human hybrids." More goodness from our old friend, Michael Menken.
posted by cedar on Jun 6, 2005 - 21 comments


posted by brownpau on Apr 6, 2005 - 67 comments

Jump! Jump!

World Jump Day. Help fix global warming the easy way: get 600 million people to jump at the same time, and shift the earth's orbit. [Warning: somewhat irritating Flash interface.]
posted by DrJohnEvans on Feb 27, 2005 - 30 comments

McD's dumb sex ad

Double Cheeseburger? I'd hit it. Oh man, the buns on that quarter pounder are totally hott.
posted by Count Ziggurat on Jan 29, 2005 - 77 comments

PowerPoint makes you dumb.

PowerPoint makes you dumb. This is something I've suspected for a long time. It's been reported in the NY Times, so it must be true. I will now blame every stupid thing I've said or done in the last three years on Microsoft.
posted by Loudmax on Dec 15, 2003 - 47 comments

Welcome to Denver, California! Try a fruit roll-up!

Things to do in Denver When You're Stressed Unemployed meditation teacher Jeff Peckman, apparently having nothing better to do, managed to collect enough signatures to squeak his stress-reducing initiative onto the November ballot. What would he suggest for reducing stress?: Indian Sitar music in public buildings, healthier school lunches, and (surprise surprise) meditation. The Denver City Council thinks it's stupid, which they have expressed in varying degrees of bluntness:
--Councilwoman Rosemary Rodriguez: "While the ideas behind it are admirable, it would be impossible to implement."
--Council President Elbra Wedgeworth: "With a $70 million budget shortfall, this is not what we should be doing."
--Councilman Charlie Brown: "It's lunacy, it's frivolous, it's fantasy. If you want fantasy, go to Disneyland. These are city offices. We don't sit around holding hands, burning incense and singing `Kumbaya.' We are in serious economic times."
Denver martial arts instructor Ted Fowler scoffs at the proposal, calling it a waste of money and adding, “Well, I don’t listen to Indian satire music either. I’ve got a radio here and I can put on whatever music I like."
posted by Shoeburyness on Aug 21, 2003 - 20 comments


The DMCA isn't the only Dumb Law. So may Strange Laws, even Sex Laws. There's many fun Obsolete Laws still on the books. The list Goes On and On.
Not sure what laws to follow, try A Law Librarian, or, better yet, WWJD?
posted by Blake on Oct 16, 2002 - 6 comments

"Blockbuster requests that you rewind your DVD."

"Blockbuster requests that you rewind your DVD." Why? What are you going to do? Fine me? [from Dumb Warnings, via Sore Eyes]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 24, 2002 - 29 comments

You thought the Webbys were dumb? The International Web Page Awards: US$125 to enter, judges self-selected ("Check here if you would like to be a Judge") and the best part: IWPA site created and designed by Matt Wolf (fast cars, hot babes and screaming guitars) who also happens to win something each year.
posted by sylloge on Mar 22, 2002 - 21 comments

100 Dumbest Moments in dotcom land

100 Dumbest Moments in dotcom land a particular favourite being.. "Candice Carpenter tells Fast Company in Feb 98, 'There isn't an Internet company in the world that's going to fail because of mistakes -- Internet companies make thousands of mistakes every week" .... quite :) (via lesser-evil)
posted by zeoslap on Mar 18, 2002 - 15 comments

DumbLaws that need fixing

DumbLaws that need fixing... With the election at hand, maybe someone will do something about these laws. Find your state on the list...and have a look-see
posted by pehtes on Nov 8, 2000 - 8 comments

The couple had been married for 37 years and had no children. Why are we not surprised?
posted by quonsar on Aug 2, 2000 - 3 comments

Silly laws by state.

Silly laws by state. Probably some of these are apocryphal, but they make fun reading anyway.
posted by Steven Den Beste on May 21, 2000 - 1 comment

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