Doofus Of The Day #1,057

Here’s a graphic illustration of why you shouldn’t use gasoline in combination with matches to clear an ant or termite nest out of your back yard. Must have been fun explaining that to his wife! A common practice in many parts of Africa was to soak the offending nest with a couple of gallons of gasoline, but then leave it alone for the gas to penetrate fully and kill off the ants or termites by poisoning them.  We didn’t toss lighted matches at the gas-soaked ground, for obvious reasons, as illustrated above. I can still recall (with some glee) the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,056

Today’s award goes to the member of Congressional representative Brian Mast’s staff who posted this tribute on Twitter to the US Navy.  (I presume it wasn’t composed by Mr. Mast himself – he’s a combat veteran, and, given that background, hopefully knows enough about the navies of world powers not to make this mistake.  Even so, it went out under his name, so he owns it.) Sadly, the tribute was misplaced.  That picture shows the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy, not a US Navy ship.  The original tweet has since been corrected, and now shows a US Navy carrier task force.  Still, it was

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Doofus Of The Day #1,055

I don’t normally make Doofus awards to those who are killed as the result of doing something stupid.  However, in this case, I’ll make an exception. A carjacker died after he accidentally blasted himself in the chest while trying to smash a window with the butt of his shotgun, an inquest has heard. Officers investigating the death of Reece Ramsey-Johnson said they were satisfied there was ‘no third party involvement’ as they closed the probe into his killing. . . . Video footage taken at the time showed another masked man shouting ‘he’s shot himself — he’s f*****g shot himself’ as

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Doofus Of The Day #1,054

Today’s award goes to the faculty and students who took part in this nonsense.  Speaking as a Christian pastor, it’s enough to make me cross (you should pardon the expression). Students at Union Theological Seminary in New York City were instructed to confess to potted plants as an “expression of worship” and as a “liturgical response to our climate crisis.” Many online mocked a tweet from the seminary affiliated with Columbia University for celebrating the unusual chapel service where students of the cloth “held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain

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Doofus Of The Day #1,053

Today’s award goes to some truly daft “vegan activists” in Spain. This is the moment two vegan activists separate chickens from cockerels because they ‘don’t want the hens to be raped’. The video was released by the Spanish vegan group Almas Veganas (Vegan Souls), based in Girona in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia. They published the video on Twitter where it has been viewed 570,000 times. On their Twitter page, the activists describe themselves as ‘anti-speciesist’ and ‘transfeminist.’ . . . In the footage, the two activists can be seen smashing eggs on the ground because ‘they belong to the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,052

Today’s award goes to the author of an academic paper on – of all things – the sexual exploitation of dairy cows. A paper currently being promoted by a New York university calls on society to consider the rampant “sexual exploitation” of dairy cows by the milk industry in order to “fully fight gendered oppression.” Specifically, the author compares cattle insemination to “rape” and the milking of cows to “sexual abuse.” Titled “Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems,” the paper was published Friday in a journal called Dissenting Voices, which is published and edited by the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,051

Today’s award goes to actor Alec Baldwin for this tweet about the death by suicide, while in prison, of Jeffrey Epstein: He shares the award with Ron Perlman, Brian Koppelman, Dave Bautista, George Takei, and probably others in the Hollywood kafeeklatsch, all of whom also inferred a Russian hand of some sort in Epstein’s death. I agree that Epstein’s suicide was, and remains, highly suspicious, with enough grounds for doubt as to what happened to keep us guessing for years to come . . . but Russia?  Really?  I’d have thought there’s nothing Russia would have liked more than to have Epstein’s “little black book” (and video

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Doofus Of The Day #1,050

Today’s award goes to basketball player D. J. Cooper, an American competing in Europe. Cooper had to undergo a doping control to potentially join the Bosnian national team as a naturalized player. The test results on the urine that Cooper provided as his own, revealed that he’s… pregnant. More precisely, the presence of “gHC”, a hormone the placenta produces after impregnation, was detected in the urine sample. FIBA immediately suspended the player for fraud. Cooper’s punishment will keep him out of courts until June 20, 2020. There’s more at the link. It seems Mr. Cooper “borrowed” his girlfriend’s urine for the sample

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Doofus Of The Day #1,049

Today’s award goes to a particularly dense Canadian politician wannabe.  A tip o’ the hat to Small Dead Animals for finding her tweet. Take a closer look at the last photograph. Click the image below for a larger view. She’s wearing high heeled boots on slippery rocks, and there’s no fishing line on either the reel or the rod!  Can you say “political poser”?  I thought you could . . . and proven to be one by her own tweet!  I daresay her opponent(s) are printing poster-size copies of that photograph right now, and rubbing their hands in glee at the drubbing they’re about to give

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Doofus Of The Day #1,048

Today’s award goes to some red-faced Green protesters in England.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for the link. Bungling climate change activists chanted slogans and banged drums outside a London office block today, only to discover the energy company they thought was based there has long moved on. Protesters from a group called ‘Reclaim the Power’ picketed what they thought was the office of gas plant firm Drax in London’s Moorgate this morning, closing the usually busy road for hours and causing fury among local workers. But their chants aimed at upsetting Drax’s bosses were in vain after

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