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But Hummers are made to float!

Stupid motorists, beware. Arizona goes it one step further. This should be a federal mandate, imho. (Breaking FPP cherry).
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 19, 2005 - 34 comments

Yer drawls are showin!

"This is the police, pull 'em up!" Perhaps feeling pressure from Louisiana to keep pace in the stupid laws arms race, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 60-34 on Tuesday to impose a $50 fine on anyone found wearing pants low enough that a substantial portion of undergarments is showing. The bill (still pending in the Virginia Senate), introduced by Virginia Beach fashion maven Algie Howell, has attracted international attention and charges of racism.
posted by casu marzu on Feb 10, 2005 - 42 comments


Frick'n Lasers! 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!
posted by robocop is bleeding on Feb 9, 2005 - 79 comments

No Fucking Tenure For You!

Professor Stephen Roberds, Southern Utah University's controversial Professor of the Year 2003-2004, you're fucking fired.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 16, 2004 - 89 comments

Pepsi Blew: No man born of woman is capable of such a task.

"I will drink Pepsi Holiday Spice for 45 days, and nothing else...no water, milk, nothing...but Pepsi Holiday Spice."
posted by naxosaxur on Nov 20, 2004 - 55 comments

'We want them to let us know about it so we can do everything within our power to stop it' - State Auditor Beth Chapman

Meet Vernon Blake. Vernon Blake was a Systems Admin for the Alabama Department of Transportation, and it was 'well known' in his office that a certain supervisor spent far more time playing solitare on his computer than he did doing anything else. Inspired by a campaign to stop waste in Alabama government, Vernon installed a screen capture utility which took 717 screenshots (.pdf) over 7 months, documenting a clear pattern of non-work related use of the computer. The results? The supervisor was given a written repremand. Vernon Blake was fired.
posted by anastasiav on Jul 31, 2004 - 38 comments

Coalition of the Chilling

Hot on the heels of the critically-acclaimed War on Drugs and its blockbuster sequel, the War on Terror, an alliance of U.S. and Canadian organizations sets its sights on yet another noun, this time with the War on Pornography. The first salvo in the conflict was, naturally, fired in Utah.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jul 6, 2004 - 81 comments

Stupid Banner Ads

Stupid Internet Ads. From Scary Crayon. SHOOT TERRORIST WIN IPOD.
posted by brownpau on Jun 18, 2004 - 9 comments

The head bone's connected to...

Having half of your skull missing isn't a disability. Here, take this hockey helmet, and have a nice day.
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 14, 2004 - 24 comments


Thecycles.com is evil and must be stopped. The proper comeuppance for a bogus content aggregator which inflates its own pagerank while spamming referrer logs? It shoots itself in the foot with its own aggregator.
posted by brownpau on Mar 30, 2004 - 4 comments

Humans are Stupid when Fireworks are involved

Fireworks and Stupid People [ 3.5 MB Windows Media ]
posted by psychotic_venom on Mar 18, 2004 - 18 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

The Online Knowledge Magazine

Mistupid.com - The Online Knowledge Magazine "a collection of stupid stuff, not necessarily information you need to know, but who is to judge?"
posted by lola on Sep 10, 2003 - 2 comments

Thank God for Airport Security

Thank God for Airport Security. Can you believe this?
posted by ZenMasterThis on Sep 10, 2003 - 24 comments

Bad Summer Associate

How Not To Be A Summer Law Clerk, Or: the guy who sent the incredibly stupid and self-incriminating e-mail to all the associates in his firm. (I find this especially amusing since I am writing this from the law firm where I am a summer clerk. Now I'll probably get busted too!)
posted by adrober on Jun 27, 2003 - 19 comments

Oreo Cookies: Fun For Kids or LETHAL WEAPONS?

BanTransFats.com is the website of a non-profit corporation founded by Stephen Joseph, an attorney who is suing Nabisco to keep them from selling Oreo cookies to children. He believes that trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) are so dangerous that children shouldn't eat them. If the suit is successful, I foresee a network of underground Oreo dealers getting kids hooked on Mini Oreos as a "gateway cookie", hoping they'll move on to the harder DoubleStufs.
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 12, 2003 - 48 comments

101 Dumbest Moments in Business, 2002

The 101 dumbest moments in business for 2002 are in, and there are some real doozies. I really enjoyed numbers 48 through 51, regarding Microsoft's .NET: "One question might be, and I'll be as direct as I can be about this, what is .Net? Unlike Windows, where you could say it's a product, it sits in one place, it's got a nice little box. In some senses, it's a very good question." --Steve Ballmer
posted by mr_crash_davis on Mar 18, 2003 - 16 comments

Stupid criminals

Boneheads of the Year - The year may only be just shy of two months old, but these two Massachusetts men have already wrapped up the award for 2003. Really, how dumb can TWO people be?
posted by MediaMan on Feb 26, 2003 - 12 comments

Stupid baby names

Stupid baby names. Parents share suggestions about misbegotten, badly-spelled monikers with which to saddle their innocent offspring for life: I named my daughter Madyson Caite and I regret doing that because every little girl in the last 3 or 4 years has been named Madison. Everyone complements it, but I still hate it. I would rather call her Caite (Kate) but am not sure. Please, everyone, pick something normal for your child. If you choose something different and unique, please don't keep following the trends of Madisons, and Mackenzies, and Taylors, and Destinys. This is getting old.
posted by beth on Dec 11, 2002 - 201 comments

Reply To All button considered harmful

Reply To All button considered harmful An employee (called a manager in the headline but a millwright in the article) was fired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY when he replied to an email announcing "National Coming Out Day" (hint: he wasn't in favor). But in addition to the sender, his message went to about 1000 other employees. Kodak says he was terminated when he refused to admit that sending it to all those people was wrong, not for it's content. Is this Political Correctness run amok or justifiable?
posted by tommasz on Oct 31, 2002 - 53 comments

Infant's nose and lips bitten off

Infant's nose and lips bitten off by a wild raccoon that was illegally kept as a family pet. Luckily, surgeons were able to re-attach them. "Doctors at the Iowa Clinic say wild animal bites are 100% preventable if parents don't allow the animals to rome freely in a home." Duh. Who's fault is this, if anybody's?
posted by Kevin Sanders on Oct 16, 2002 - 26 comments

A little (much-needed) comic relief:
Man wearing cooler on his head tries to hold up store.
What's your theory as to what the hell he was thinking?
(more inside)
posted by Shane on Sep 10, 2002 - 34 comments

Don't be stupid!

Don't be stupid! Not in the sense of poor cognitive capacity, or low IQ, but more in the sense of lack of wisdom and foresight. Why do smart people make foolish decisions?
posted by aeschenkarnos on Jun 7, 2002 - 12 comments

Mom arrested after sexually oriented party

Mom arrested after sexually oriented party "The 27-year-old admitted wrongdoing after doing nude jumping jacks and talking to girls about sex." - Now that's what I would call a cool mom ;)
posted by heimkonsole on May 21, 2002 - 38 comments

Remember Lobster Boy? Looks like his performance art / engineering project met a sadly premature end when his house was dismantled for being a fire hazard. Now we may never know what the point was -- or if there was ever a point at all.
posted by brownpau on Apr 20, 2002 - 3 comments

The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business It's all here: Enron, Arthur Andersen, Burger King, Mickey D's, CNN, FOX, and the all time favorite, Microsoft. They had to limit it to 101 moments due to size constraints...
posted by Rastafari on Mar 29, 2002 - 19 comments

Tie yourself to a half-constructed house on a school campus and live there in solitary confinement while on semi-public display to the world, pissing into a jug and making conch-shell noises from a piece of cardboard and a bullhorn. And do it all in a lobster suit. If that's not performance art, then what is? (Link from a blogger-friend who got it off NextDraft.)
posted by brownpau on Feb 23, 2002 - 12 comments

What if someone went looking for your nuggets?

What if someone went looking for your nuggets? Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns is back in the news, this time accusing the fast-food chain Carl's Jr. of "...portray(ing) chickens in a degrading and demeaning manner" in its latest commercial, which features "a group of men in suits standing around as one turns a live chicken every which way in a futile search for nuggets."
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jan 21, 2002 - 30 comments

Don't steal gas during a volcano.

Don't steal gas during a volcano. Bad things will happen.
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 21, 2002 - 15 comments

"For 35 million chickens in the United States alone, every single night is a terrorist attack."

"For 35 million chickens in the United States alone, every single night is a terrorist attack." In an open letter to the Vegan Voice, Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns, compares the poultry industry to the September 11 tragedy. "I think it is speciesist to think that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was a greater tragedy than what millions of chickens endured that day, and what they endure every day because they cannot defend themselves against the concerted human appetites arrayed against them."
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jan 7, 2002 - 192 comments

Are College Students Stupider and Less Informed Than 30 Years Ago?

Are College Students Stupider and Less Informed Than 30 Years Ago? Professor Anders Henriksson says they ain't necessarily so. He's been collecting students' bloopers for 30 years and suggests they aren't getting worse at all. That's assuming they could, of course. Is he right or just pulling our leg? (from today's Los Angeles Times)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Dec 30, 2001 - 45 comments

Throwing Yourself Down a Flight of Stairs:

Throwing Yourself Down a Flight of Stairs: How to do it, and why - "taking a dive down a flight of stairs is a conscious decision to engage yourself with with your surroundings by slamming your body against it. it's funny looking, it's painful, but for 5 brief seconds you see nothing but pure moment."
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 15, 2001 - 20 comments

Will it work?

Will it work? No, but don't let that stop you... ...And you thought air guitar was silly or maybe you didn't, but this is a bit much... ...There's been a lot of well-intentioned people in the world who came up with some pretty stupid ideas. What are your favorite, fun, stupid ideas?
posted by ZachsMind on Oct 26, 2001 - 21 comments

Stupid things I have done,

Stupid things I have done, a list by Heather and her readers.
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 14, 2001 - 34 comments

The Darwin Award wining story

The Darwin Award wining story straight from the horse's mouth. Sorry Darwin. Looks like you posted another urban legend. Thanks for playing tho.
posted by jcterminal on Oct 4, 2001 - 10 comments

Boy Killed in Gun Accident; Father Wanted Weapon for Protection After Terrorist Attacks

Boy Killed in Gun Accident; Father Wanted Weapon for Protection After Terrorist Attacks Hmmm, would this be filed under Darwin? I think we have a nominee here.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet on Sep 17, 2001 - 36 comments

Crapping Tiger, Hidden Death

Crapping Tiger, Hidden Death -- gotta be worse than watching porn on Wal-Mart equipment. Is this guy a front runner for the 2001 Darwin Award? and, secondarily, is ananova a legitimate news source? they always seem to have the kooky stories....
posted by donkeysuck on Feb 23, 2001 - 7 comments

Not sure of whether this is funny or depressing?

Not sure of whether this is funny or depressing? How stupid can one be?
posted by TNLNYC on Feb 23, 2001 - 10 comments

Tales of unmitigated stupidity.

Tales of unmitigated stupidity. Some people belong in jail because it's not safe for them to be left alone in public. (What's the law in the UK for dealing with a minor committing a crime like extortion? In the US, this guy would probably be tried as an adult.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Feb 15, 2001 - 7 comments

a 13-year-old gets third-degree burns

a 13-year-old gets third-degree burns after watching mtv's 'jackass'. Who are these kids? Do you think mtv is responsible for their direct actions?; or are these just silly kids doing dumb stuff?
posted by tiaka on Jan 29, 2001 - 36 comments

The CES Hall of Shame.

The CES Hall of Shame. The ten stupidest products these guys saw at CES this week. My favorite: Panasonic's Internet-Capable Microwave Ovens. [shudder]
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 12, 2001 - 4 comments


Screenfridge! How many times have you read an article where some 'expert' predicts that even your fridge will be hooked up to the net in the future? Well Electrolux have already invented it.
posted by Markb on Jun 27, 2000 - 13 comments

NSI: "We weren't hacked, we were just stupid."

NSI: "We weren't hacked, we were just stupid." Ah, I feel reassured.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Apr 14, 2000 - 0 comments

When the phone drops into the lion's cage,

When the phone drops into the lion's cage, it's gone man. Just forget about that phone, even if it came with a great 10-cents-a-minute deal.
posted by mathowie on Mar 21, 2000 - 6 comments

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