Doofus Of The Day #1,013

One has to feel sympathy for today’s award winner, a restaurant owner in China.  He meant well, and his idea was good – it just wasn’t properly executed. An all-you-can-eat restaurant has racked up thousands of pounds worth of debt and been forced to close because diners ate so much food. Chinese restaurant Jiamener was open for less than a month despite having more than 500 customers a day. The owner was offering a $25 loyalty card, which is about £19, for unlimited food for a month. Unsurprisingly customers took full advantage of this incredible offer, and the restaurant was

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Doofus Of The Day #1,012

Today’s award goes to the person who asked this question concerning the volcanic eruptions currently going on in Hawaii. The USGS responded to one Twitter user who asked, “Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?” . . . The USGS responded: Erm… we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you

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Doofus Of The Day #1,011

Today’s award goes to a felon in Florida. A Lake City man was jailed after he reported that his son had stolen his rifle. The problem? The man, James Denson, is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own a rifle, the Lake City Police said in a press release. There’s more at the link. Uh-huh.  Before you call the cops to report a crime, make sure you’re not implicating yourself in the same crime! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,010

Today’s award goes to a meth-befuddled motorist in Florida. A man was arrested Sunday after asking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper if he could run away from the scene of a crash, saying he could get the trooper more meth than he had found in his car. Scott Ecklund, 32, was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested earlier this month and accused of crashing a Chevrolet truck into a house in Winter Park and claiming to be an FBI agent with an AR-style rifle, police said at the time. . .

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Doofus Of The Day #1,009

Today’s award goes to the South Wales Police in formerly great Britain. South Wales Police has been testing an automated facial recognition system since June 2017 and has used it in the real-world at more than ten events. In the majority of cases, the system has made more incorrect matches than the times it has been able to correctly identify a potential suspect or offender. . . . During the UEFA Champions League Final week in Wales last June, when the facial recognition cameras were used for the first time, there were 2,470 alerts of possible matches from the automated

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Doofus Of The Day #1,008

I’m obliged to reader Snoggeramus for sending me a copy of this image (origin unknown): Sometimes the jokes just write themselves, don’t they?  Let’s see, now: What can we take away from this? The misspelling subtracts something from the message. Errors are multiplied, it seems. Opinions about the effectiveness of the advertisement are divided. Math is clearly more tricky than meth. Please feel free to add your own in Comments! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,007

Today’s award goes to the operator(s) of a data center in Sweden.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for sending me the link. Having worked in the information technology industry for a decade or so, rising from computer (mainframe) operator, through programming and systems analysis, to manage a department and then be a director of a small IT company, I’m pretty familiar with commercial computer operations.  This was entirely preventable, and should have been foreseen. A loud sound emitted by a fire suppression system has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing Nasdaq operations across

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Doofus Of The Day #1,006

Today’s award goes to an inebriated Estonian tourist in Italy. A DRUNK tourist had a very rough night after he got lost on his way back to his hotel and found himself climbing the Italian Alps. An Estonian tourist known as Pavel, has been enjoying a few drinks at Cervinia, a resort in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta, when he decided to call it a night and head back to his hotel. However, it seemed that Pavel, 30, may have had a bit more to drink than he thought as his short walk back to his room soon turned into a mountain

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Doofus Of The Day #1,005

Today’s award goes to the person or persons at Deutsche Bank responsible for making a transfer in error . . . a payment that exceeded the entire market value of the bank! A routine payment went awry at Deutsche Bank AG last month when Germany’s biggest lender inadvertently sent 28 billion euros ($35 billion) to an exchange as part of its daily dealings in derivatives, according to a person familiar with the matter. The errant transfer occurred about a week before Easter as Deutsche Bank was conducting a daily collateral adjustment, the person said. The sum, which far exceeded the

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