'It's probably easy today to dismiss Negativland's
activities as trifle, banal or plain stupid. They probably wouldn't be too uncomfortable with that, as they rarely claimed to go beyond the softest platitudes of the entertainment biz. No Other Possibility
(1989, 58 mins, .avi d/l link
), their first video work, showcases the band at a career threshold, before their U2ploitation
move and just after their Christianity hoax
. It typically explores the debris of American pop culture, dealing with automobile fetishism, televised preaching, halloween traditions, Marlboro masculinity, soft drinks and MTV.' [more inside]
I'm so sorry, Metafilter, really I am. I don't know what's come over me, but I am posting one of the dopiest, most embarrassing celebrity novelty tunes ever recorded. It's by the fellow who played Batman in the 60s TV series, Adam West, in a breathtakingly stupid recording of an utterly ridiculous song called Miranda
. I pray that you'll forgive me for my indiscretion, and I promise I will post some inspiring and worthwhile music next time around.
It's either really smart, or really stupid. Perhaps some genius in an advertising agency
thought took the phrase "there are no stupid questions" to heart and decided to launch it as the new mantra for Diesel Jeans - Be Stupid
. [more inside]
8 years in the making, ~200 antique appliances comprise Michael Petermann's Stupid Orchestra
Work piling up? Debt accruing? Beer cans stacking to the ceiling? Maybe you'd appreciate mmmmounds
, a pile of piles.
, 90, says we're too stupid to prevent climate change.
"I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change." One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is "modern democracy", he added in an extended interview
. "I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while." He thinks only a catastrophic event would now persuade humanity to take the threat of climate change seriously enough, such as the collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica.
Babes of the BNP [probably NSFW]
If you're tired of boring twee t-shirts with birds and swirly stuff and junk
on them, maybe it's time you started running with the Big Dogs.
From "Fart Now Loading"
to "Talk Slower - I don't speak STUPID"
, Big Dogs brand graphic tees are a great way to communicate your hip, in-your-face, modern attitude. [more inside]
From the 70s version of a bad hair day
to disco chart-toppers leaping out of cassette tape boxes
to three-legged celebrities who are currently in jail
to... well, you just gotta see
this one, the Advertising Sillyness from the Seventies
flickr group has the groovy images you'll recall (or may want to forget) if you were around in those halcyon days. [more inside]
Fun lovin' prankster and b3ta user godspants
edited the wikipedia page
on Cypriot soccer team AC Omonia to include the "facts" that the fans are referred to as "the zany ones", wear hats made of shoes and sing a song about a little potato.
Yesterday there was a match between Omonia and British club Manchester City. British Tabloid the Daily Mirror used the wikipedia "facts" in their build-up article
. Daily Mirror obviously doesn't realise their journalist has been guilty of incredibly lazy research, despite the prankster emailing them
, and the Mirror refers to the "Zany ones" in their post-match article the next day
Let's pause for a moment to view the best part of any gameshow -- the stupid contestants
. [more inside]
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.
is a work in progress which aims to recognize online stupidity
programmatically. Keep in mind we grade stupidity on a scale of 1 to 5. Someone might get a 1 or 2 for a comment that used no punctuation, whereas a comment consisting of nothing but text message abbreviations with a dash of LOLLLLL thrown in for good measure would probably rate a solid 4 or 5. There is a certain amount of subjectivity, and our software is aware of that; scoring will be normalized to eliminate excessively generous or harsh estimations of stupidity.
Read some examples of "the tyranny of idiocy" in their collection of Random Stupidity
Have you noticed quite a number of stupid things lately? Perhaps now you will find them documented in the Encyclopedia of Stupid
Bill MacEwen's laptop got stolen last week, but all might not be lost.
Someone in possession of the laptop -- possibly the thief -- just posted a self-portrait to Flickr using the account stored in the laptop
If you know anything about the gentleman in the photo, please contact Bill through his blog. If you like to fantasize about committing "the perfect crime", add this boo-boo to your "DO NOT DO" list.
--The meeting of two of the internet's most famous memes– the touching postsecret and the sublimely stupid LOLcats
Google Demonstrates Capabilities of Space Based Weapon on 50m Insect Menacing German Town
All you folks saying Google wasn't out to take over
, where are your arguments now? Google now has the capability to destroy enormous mutant bugs from space.
Idiot Tries to Hire Hacker to Change his GPA
Why study when you can just hire a hacker to adjust your GPA to something more to your liking? Or not.
And now an amazing (and scary) amount of his personal information is pwned!
A Mall Divided
(youtube) - a musical tale of commerce, employment and electrical distribution for our times.
According to this site
- More than 700 Trillion BEEDIES or BIRI are smoked annually
- Indians smoke more than one trillion bidis every year.
- An experienced worker can roll 2,000 a day.
Step inside and learn more about these unrealistic stats!
YouTube is taking down Daily Show and Colbert Report clips.
The Best Hiding Place is Right Out in the Open?
Yes, its a simple Google search. But it returns confidential pdf's and pages from all over the internet. Business plans, powerpoint presentations and other naughty bits exposed to, well, anyone who finds it.
It's the Privacy International Stupid Security Competition 2006.
Human rights group Privacy International (who also hand out annual Big Brother awards
have launched the 2006 Stupid Security Competition.
Following on from 2003's awards
) where everyone from T Mobile UK, the Australian Government to Philadelphia International Airport won with displays of idiocy, what will the results of the past three years of press and government hyperbole and lies, amongst many other things bring?
Furor over Fuhrer Food
But it's not the only Hitler-themed restaurant. Taipei
had the Prison restaurant with Concentration Camp murals, and Korea had the infamous 1939 Hitler Bar
Not that the U.S. was spared. Colorado had a Mao
Globally, there are about 105-107 boys born for every 100 girls.
I was led to believe this was because men do stupid things that get themselves killed/injured. I wonder if this theory accounts for those times when men do something stupid
that gets women killed/injured. (youTube link: video of a really stupid idea getting two women bruised up. If you laugh, it means you're going to hell.)
US Citizen in Lebanon?
The US State Department would like to remind
its citizens that they do not provide no-cost transportation. Want to leave
? Just sign this promissory note
, and we'll be happy to fly you out on our gunship
. We'll bill you
at standard commercial rates, plus interest. We simply do not have the resources
to pay for it ourselves.
We need to get Stephen Hawking an AskMe membership. Stephen Hawking
asks the Yahoo public how the human race is going to survive. Yahoo staff
But the answers? Well, let's just say that there may be more utility in eating tweens after the nuclear apocalypse than listening to their ideas.
To balance the stupid, Hawking has several of his lectures online
. And there's great stuff on PBS's Stephen Hawking's Universe
(though it's aimed at providing a basic understanding of astrophysics).
Or, for a more animated view MC Hawking's
(sometimes clumsy) "What We Need More of Is Science.
(Previous mefi hawking here
[where he seems to be answering his later question], here
[where he presents another view on how humans will survive], and here
Are Satanic messages hidden in Catholic art?
According to the new documentary Rape of the Soul
[embedded Quicktime], the answer is, "so completely yes that you could shit." Featuring such experts as Wilson Bryan Key
and Judith Reisman
, this movie will literally, physically blow your brain apart by cutting little holes in classic art that might conceivably look like three sixes if you arrange them properly, or maybe finding a small patch of red and black that could look like a lumpy Devil head if you're looking for one and squinting. [via
Marvel to finance up to ten new films
— Marvel Entertainment has received a line of credit to produce new superhero films. The characters in the arrangement are Captain America
, The Avengers
, Nick Fury
, Black Panther
, Dr. Strange
, Power Pack
, and Shang-Chi
. "These movies are tentpoles for either summer or the holidays," said Marvel chairman and CEO, Avi Arad
. Right. Because who wouldn't want to see a film about Hawkeye? Or Ant-Man? I can't wait! (Related: how to make a superhero movie that doesn't suck
. My first thought? Have a superhero that doesn't suck.)
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.
How are the San Francisco 49ers trained to handle the media?
Apparently with a film involving naked lesbians, jokes about gay marriage, and offensive asian stereotypes (complete with buck teeth). The San Francisco Chronicle has the whole video
online. The owners have apologized for the video (even though they could have put a stop to it when they saw it 5 months ago
) , but the players are comparing it to Chapelle's Show
Stupid motorists, beware.
Arizona goes it one step further. This should be a federal mandate, imho. (Breaking FPP cherry).
When an UT Austin student finds a stash of graded freshman physics homework
, he decides to pitch in and add his own comments to those of the TA. Our children is might not be learning, but at least they're getting to play with lasers!
Professor Stephen Roberds,
Southern Utah University's controversial
Professor of the Year 2003-2004, you're fucking fired