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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Stuff here, stuff there, stuff everywhere . .

I mentioned in a blog article yesterday that we waste a lot of money on things that have no lasting value.  As source material, I referenced an article at Intellectual Takeout.  I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight some of its findings. 1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times). 2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR). 3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

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The devil’s in the details – naval edition

The old idiom “The devil’s in the details” has, in my experience, been proven true time and time again.  The “big picture” may look fine and dandy, but there’s always something, some little detail that’s escaped attention, that can screw it up to a fare-thee-well. The Norwegian Navy learned that the hard way last year, when its frigate Helge Ingstad collided with another vessel, and subsequently sank.   (Above image courtesy of Wikipedia)   The subsequent inquiry revealed that after the collision, the watertight compartments of the frigate functioned as intended . . . except for one crucial detail. While there was some uncertainty as to

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Not quite Biblical

Stephan Pastis nails it again!  Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It may not be Biblical, but there’ve been times in my life when I’ve been sorely tempted (and may even have given in to the temptation) to follow Rat’s credo instead of the more orthodox version . . . Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,046

Today’s award goes to the Patrouille Suisse, the aerobatic display team of the Swiss Air Force, for this mistake. A rather unusual as well as bit embarrassing “incident” occurred to the the Swiss Air Force’s “Patrouille Suisse” Display Team on Saturday Jul. 6, 2019: the team’s jets were scheduled to fly over Langenbruck, in northwestern Switzerland, south of Basel, where the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Swiss aviation pioneer Oskar Bider was held, but they flew over Mümliswil, missing the target by about 6 km (about 3¾ miles). “Unfortunate circumstances” were the root cause of the mistake according to a spokesman of

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Getting his priorities straight . . . sort of

I giggled at this edition of “The Whiteboard“.  Click the image to be taken to the cartoon’s Web page for a larger view. If you aren’t already setting aside time in your day to read that comic strip, may I suggest you do so? It’s a lot of fun. I’ve known people with exactly that attitude.  As a matter of fact, many military veterans exemplify it! Peter

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That must have been interesting!

Courtesy of Phil at Bustedknuckles, we find this photograph.  (Clickit to biggit.) Getting that fire hydrant stuck in there must have been . . . adventurous!  Also, note how it’s chewing up the tread on both tires.  Both – perhaps all four, both inner and both outer tires – are going to have to be replaced. I hate to think what might happen if the driver didn’t notice that, and tried to drive on.  The explosion of all four tires, which would be almost inevitable within yards, could cause very serious damage to vehicles – not to mention injury to their occupants

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Clearly, this wasn’t designed by a cat owner

It seems that Charmin is developing an outsize toilet paper roll, so that users won’t have to change it for up to a month. However, as any cat owner will tell you, the feline species appears to take delight in unwinding a toilet paper roll. I should think cats will find that monster roll absolutely irresistible.  Their owners might have to spend the next couple of days in a hotel room, while a cleanup service de-TP’s their entire home! I suspect this is going to have unintended consequences . . . Peter

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My heart’s on fire, but it ain’t for Elvira

How many of you remember this song?  Here’s a 15-second excerpt. Turns out that a heart can literally be on fire . . . but Elvira had nothing to do with this one. … the patient, a 60-year-old man, was in surgery last year for the repair of a tear in the inner layer of the aorta wall in the chest, according to the European Society of Anaesthesiology. But the patient’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, meant he had air-filled blisters, which doctors punctured, leading to a leak. Doctors worried that the man would suffer a respiratory attack, and decided to

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