Doofus Of The Day #1,036

Today’s award goes to a hapless Australian heavy transport driver. The northbound off-ramp on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Cameron Park in Newcastle is expected to remain closed into the evening after a truck transporting a huge piece of refinery equipment became wedged on the guard rail. The incident has caused traffic chaos, as the scene remains closed to motorists. Emergency crews and experts including police, Rural Fire Service, RMS, heavy vehicle inspectors and a bridge engineer have spent the day trying to extricate the truck from the off-ramp, but the vehicle is wedged in tight. There’s more at the link. I’ve

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Doofus Of The Day #1,035

Today’s award goes, jointly and severally, to the Washington D.C. City Council. The D.C. City Council voted 11 to 2 to override Mayor Muriel Bowser’s veto of their bill to decriminalize fare evasion on the metro on Tuesday, prompting the District to join the likes of California, Seattle, Portland and New York where such measures have already been enacted. “With today’s vote, the Council sent a clear message that it is committed to progressive criminal justice reform that dismantles the systemic racial and economic injustice that has only harmed our communities,” said Nassim Moshiree, Policy Director of the ACLU of the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,034

Today’s award goes to a romantically challenged poacher in Oklahoma. Game warden Cannon Harrison probably wasn’t expecting to make his latest bust on a dating app. But that’s what happened after he matched with an Oklahoma woman on Bumble. As they struck up an online conversation, the woman immediately shared that she had just killed a “bigo” buck — “obviously not knowing Cannon is a game warden,” wrote the Oklahoma Game Wardens in a Facebook post. . . . In the process, the woman, whose name was not released, revealed to Harrison that she had committed two illegal acts — shooting

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Doofus Of The Day #1,033

Today’s award goes to People Eating Tasty Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  By overreacting in the most hysterically over-the-top way to a restaurant food promotion, they’ve ensured that a local (one-city-only) promotion has people talking about it all across the country. Popeyes, a US fast-food fried chicken franchise, recently launched a promotion at Philadelphia’s airport.  With all the fuss about fake “emotional support animals”, the local operator figured that a play on words would help sell more chicken:  so they started selling an “emotional support chicken meal”.  Click the images for a larger view. PETA promptly lost its collective marbles. 

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Doofus Of The Day #1,032

Today’s award goes to a hapless New Zealand serial offender whose criminal career went rather . . . er . . . squirrely, so to speak.  This is an older report, but it’s only just come to my attention, and it’s too good not to recognize with an appropriate award. John [Casford] admits he was “high as a kite” when he bypassed an unsecured gate, broke through two padlocks and entered the monkey enclosure at Wellington Zoo. He had it in his mind that he was going to catch one of the zoo’s squirrel monkeys—a canopy-dwelling species from the Central and South Americas—and take it

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Doofus Of The Day #1,031

Today’s award goes to no less than twenty gang-bangers, rappers and idiots in Houston. In March, two rappers, Emekwanem Biosah Jr, A.K.A. Maxo Kreme, and Warren Brown, A.K.A. NFL Cartell Bo, had a run-in with police while filming a rap video at Lakewood Park. The rappers were filming at the park, which is next to Hillard Elementary School, at about the time school was being let out. Some students made it into the video. Also in the video were about a dozen loaded guns, some of them stolen, according to police. The guns were being used as props and the extras

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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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