It’s a hell of a way to die

CAUTION:  This post contains graphic descriptions of a very unusual and extremely painful form of death.  Do not read it if you’re squeamish. I was shocked rigid – with bad memories – by a news report last weekend. Japanese authorities arrested a man Saturday after another person died when he allegedly shot compressed air into their rectum as a prank. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, 34, was arrested for the accidental killing of Akio Ishimaru, 46, according to Ibaraki Prefecture Ryugasaki police … The two were apparently fooling around on their break when Yoshida took the air compressor and injected a blast of air in

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Heh – terrorist edition

This news report dates from 2015, but I only just noticed it.  Better late than never, I guess! An ISIS commander in Syria became a figure of mockery, thanks to his battledress. Feared Isis commander Abu Wahib was posing to show off his brand new military fatigues recently, painfully unaware he bore a striking resemblance to a doner kebab. Anti-Isis activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered noticed the similarity and posted it online, where it quickly went viral. Wahib can ditch his ridiculous, yet strangely tasty looking outfit, but it isn’t only his sartorial choice which has caused people to mock him. His portly

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The world is NOT a big, happy, adventurous playground

. . . and, with surprising frequency, people who assume it is, die for their mistake.  The latest victims were a cycling foursome in Tajikistan. [JAY Austin and Lauren Geoghegan] dropped everything in pursuit of a worldwide adventure in July 2017 — but it would eventually lead to them being horrifically killed for being “unbelievers”. The well-travelled couple, both 29, kept a detailed blog and Instagram posts which revealed an incredible trip reaffirming their faith in humanity and seeing them reach some of the world’s most untouched paradises. The in-depth online accounts show there were moments of tenderness, euphoric highs and

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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 #1,023

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 #1,025

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 #1,014

This dumbass is incredibly fortunate that he’s not a dead Doofus candidate.  See for yourself. That was filmed in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  You can read more about it here. I’ve lost count of the number of stories I’ve heard (and incidents I’ve personally witnessed) of dumb tourist behavior around dangerous African animals.  There are just as many involving dangerous American animals, of course – and not involving animals at all.  There are so many, in fact, that the word “tourons” (an amalgamation of “tourists” and “morons”) has been coined to describe such behavior.  Do a search on

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