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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Doofus Of The Day #1,027

Today’s award goes to the idiot(s) who thought up this product. The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association posted the photo Monday of a cell phone case very much resembling a gun in someone’s back pocket. “Although a novelty, it will create unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement or whoever uses it,” authorities said. “Regular citizens will see it and call 911, and then law enforcement will respond accordingly for a subject with a gun call,” authorities added. Officials went on to say “someone could potentially get shot depending on their actions when LEOs (law enforcement officers) respond.” There’s more at the link,

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Doofus Of The Day #1,028

Today’s award goes to the Belgian Air Force mechanic who destroyed one of his country’s F-16 fighters. A Belgian mechanic destroyed a multi-million pound fighter jet after he accidentally fired a Vulcan cannon while carrying out repairs at an air force base. The £15m plane quickly caught fired and exploded, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL. The mechanic was working with a colleague on two F-16s in a hangar near the control tower. It is understood that the third jet, which they inadvertently destroyed after firing the cannon, was just out of their line of sight. Both mechanics were injured during the incident, which

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Doofus Of The Day #1,029

Today’s award goes to the Bruce Rock Police Force in Australia.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link. Police officers in Western Australia have been mocked after they posted a picture online showing off huge bags of marijuana they “seized”, but people were quick to point out a glaring issue. The Bruce Rock Police Force shared the picture on their Twitter account… . . . “Can I send you my address? I have some garden clippings I need to get rid of and I can’t be bothered fetching the green bin,” one user wrote. “Putting Jim’s

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Doofus Of The Day #1,017

The expression “Hoist with his own petard” comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and describes something not uncommon in medieval and Renaissance Europe.  A petard was an explosive device, usually a wooden keg or metal container packed with gunpowder.  A soldier, probably escorted by a raiding party, ran up to a castle door or drawbridge, placed the petard against it, and lit the fuse;  then he and his escort ran like hell before the device exploded, hopefully demolishing the door or drawbridge and opening the way for an assault.  Of course, medieval gunpowder and fuses weren’t always the most reliable.  Sometimes

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