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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Superstition strikes again – fatally

I see the old “medicine-man-can-defeat-bullets” myth is still out there. A Nigerian healer has been shot dead after encouraging one of his customers to test the efficacy of his bullet-proof charms. Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, was killed wearing the pendants around his neck after he instructed the man to fire his weapon. The incident happened in the country’s south-eastern Imo state and police say the shooter has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Some Nigerian doctors claim the charms harness various powers and can cure  illnesses. There’s more at the link. It’s easy to mock such beliefs, but they’ve been around

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Doofus Of The Day #1,015

Today’s award goes to Sony Pictures. Sometime in the past few hours, somebody at Sony attempted to upload the ‘official red band trailer’ for its upcoming movie Khali the Killer. . . . The trailer, just 1h 29m long… wait… We’ve picked a screenshot that doesn’t ruin the plot but as it clearly shows, this is no ordinary trailer. Weighing in at nearly 90 minutes it’s particularly long. In fact, it’s the entire movie – we checked. There’s more at the link.  A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for providing it. The “trailer” has since been taken

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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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