Doofus Of The Day #1,018

Yet another example of the blithering idiocy that has overtaken so much of academe in this country is provided by an organization calling itself “the BABEL working group”, which earns our Doofus award today. A prominent association of medieval studies scholars has pledged to boycott the discipline’s largest annual conference over a lack of social justice programming. On July 11, the BABEL Working Group published an open letter to the organizers of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) … outlining two “concerns” about the conference. “Decisions that seem in favor of ‘academic freedom’ or ‘fairness’ to the current small group of

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Doofus Of The Day #1,019

Today’s award goes to the marketing genius (?) responsible for approving the photographs below. Courtesy of a link at Daily Timewaster, I came across this US-flag-themed wallet on Amazon.com. The inside of the wallet looks pretty normal . . . . . . until one zooms in on the banknotes in the image. That’s right – they’re Chinese renminbi, not US dollars!  I guess that illustrates where the wallet was made.  So much for “American”! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,020

Today’s award goes to a visually (and possibly intellectually) challenged anti-gunner.  A tip o’ the hat to Miguel at Gun Free Zone for spotting it first. Rob Clewley was outraged to come across a picture of the latest assault weapon, and posted his reaction on Twitter. (Click the image for a larger view.) Unfortunately for Mr. Clueless, he’d been trolled.  As Aesop gleefully points out, that picture shows “a tripod, two camera bodies, three zoom lenses, a remote shutter release, a microphone, a battery pack, and a camera neck strap”.  If you don’t believe it, enlarge the picture and count them for yourself. That’s

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Doofus Of The Day #1,021

It’s hard to imagine such ignorance in this day and age, but I suppose this is the exception that proves the rule.  A tip o’ the hat to Snoggeramus for sending the link. It had been four years and their parents constantly complained about the lack of grandchildren. Convinced something was seriously wrong, the unnamed Chinese couple sought the advice of obstetrician Liu Hongmei when a team of doctors visited their village in Bijjie city in the south-western Guizhou province. The wife said she found the experience painful, but “silently told herself that she had to endure it, in order to be

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Doofus Of The Day #1,022

Today’s award goes to four backpackers in Australia, for what can only be described as a comedy of errors.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link to the story. On Tuesday evening, Max Shkrendij put a post on the Backpacker Jobs in Australia Facebook page with a somewhat humorous request for help. “This is going to sound silly but me and three friends are stranded onGloucester Island near Airlie Beach because the blow up mattress we used to get over with all our camping stuff etc has a hole in it and sank. “So, anyone nearby have a

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Doofus Of The Day #1,023

Today’s award goes to an anonymous idiot in England. A canal boat user accidentally drained [a] 200-year-old waterway – causing £3m [about US $3.9 million] worth of damage – after leavinglocks open. Water ended up gushing down the Shropshire Union Canal, washing away the banks and leaving a huge gaping hole in the waterway. Trees along the canal were torn from their roots, hundreds of fish died and boats were lifted from their moorings. The ‘human error’ by an unknown Shropshire Union Canal user – thought to be on a boat or barge – will cost £3 million to repair. . . . About 15

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Doofus Of The Day #1,024

Today’s award goes to Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong-based airline.  It seems they sent one of their Boeing 777’s to get a new paint job.  Unfortunately, someone (several someones, including the supervisor[s], I guess) couldn’t spell.  Cathay tweeted: Needless to say, people went overboard with their comments on the pictures.  My favorite response was this one: You can read the others below Cathay’s original tweet.  I’ll say this for the airline:  it doesn’t seem to mind poking fun at itself, and allows its fans to express their humor as well.  Good for them. Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,025

Today’s award goes to some truly dumb thieves in Santa Clara, California.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link. It is an only in Silicon Valley kind of story, as police say high-tech thieves were caught stealing thousands of dollars worth of GPS tracking devices from a Santa Clara tech company. . . . “The moment we realized they had a box of trackers, we went into recovery mode,” Subramanian said. “We notified the police and equipped them to track the devices, and in about 5 or 6 hours, it was done.” Before making off

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Doofus Of The Day #1,026

A joint and several Doofus award goes to all those portrayed in this video clip, received via an e-mail list of which I’m a member.  Not a few deserve Darwin awards, too, even though they survived and therefore don’t qualify for them! As Shakespeare would have put it: “Yea, verily, the mind doth boggle . . . “ Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,030

Today’s award goes to a spider-hunting inadvertent pyromaniac in California. A man who was house-sitting for his parents set their home on fire when he used a blowtorch to kill spiders, according to authorities. . . . “The tenant used a torch like a handheld propane torch to kill the spiders that were around the base of the residential structure, and in doing so some flame from the torch went in between some of the cracks and the siding and into the interior of the wall,” [Lee Wilding, deputy fire marshal with the Fresno Fire Department, told ABC News]. “It started a

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