Doofus Of The Day #379

Today’s award goes to an unfortunately-named removal company in London, England. Proudly displaying the words Safe Removals, the owners of this firm were left red-faced after their driver got himself into a rather tight spot. Happily cruising along a road in south London, the driver of the van came to an unexpected standstill when he attempted to drive under a low railway bridge. The van became stuck fast and efforts to remove it only made matters worse. Eventually, with tires squealing, the van lurched backwards – and the roof was torn off. There’s more at the link. It reminds me

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Warm fuzzy news of the day

I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for those news reports of how a dainty elderly couple on a limited income suddenly come into wealth unexpectedly. It always makes me happy for them. It happened yesterday to a retired couple in England. The BBC reports: A pair of Chinese vases discovered in a retired couple’s home have sold at auction for £500,000 [currently about US $784,950]. The 10-inch high, Qianlong dynasty porcelain pieces were given to the anonymous couple from Southampton as a wedding present in 1965. They were sold to a foreign bidder on the telephone and were originally

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An accident looking for a place to happen . . .

I’ve never seen such an idiotic, incoherent, rambling dumbass in my life! If ever pain and misery were richly deserved, this guy qualifies! I’m almost tempted to believe the whole thing is a send-up, it’s so stupid . . . but I don’t think anyone could imitate a dork quite so successfully and keep a straight face! Peter

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Heavily loaded: Part 5 of 5

Herewith the last four in our series of heavily overloaded vehicles. Thanks again to reader C. le M. for sending them! After looking at these images over the past few days, I can only be grateful that I haven’t had to overload my own pickup truck quite as badly! Peter

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A toothsome morsel of history!

It seems some men are destined dentured for greatness . . . A set of Sir Winston Churchill‘s partial dentures was sold at auction in England today for no less than £15,200 (about US $23,741). They were part of a collection of Churchill memorabilia that went under the hammer. The BBC reports that Sir Winston’s teeth have a special place in history. Some people with a natural speech impediment make efforts to overcome it or cover it up. But Winston Churchill came to value his as a vital weapon in the war effort. In his wartime radio broadcasts, Churchill’s distinctive

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When history becomes inconvenient

I’m highly amused to read that British Prime Minister David Cameron, currently visiting India, was ‘ambushed’ by a journalist during a TV interview. The journalist demanded to know whether Britain was prepared to return the Koh-i-Noor Diamond to India. Somewhat taken aback, Cameron muttered, “If you say yes to one you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty. I think I’m afraid to say, to disappoint all your viewers, it’s going to have to say put.” He’s quite right, of course. So many of Britain’s treasured national patrimony is the result of what can only be described as looting,

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Another playground FAIL!

Considering the antics of our hero of yesterday’s video clip, I thought it only appropriate to continue the metaphor. This is what happens when one doesn’t think all the way through the construction of a BMX bicycle jump. Peter

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