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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I think they’ve left out something . . .

I had to shake my head when reading an article headlined: Birth Control Pills Recalled Due To Glitch That Could Cause Pregnancy Um . . . the pills may be packaged wrongly, as the article says, but that won’t cause pregnancy.  As far as I know, a man – or, at the very least, the male reproductive apparatus and its biological byproducts – is also a necessary part of the process. Peter

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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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Lock your doors!

Greg Ellifritz issues this timely reminder. Four years ago, I wrote an article titled Lock Your Damn Doors.  In that article I looked at a month’s worth of burglary and theft reports from the city where I worked and tracked how many theft victims had left their houses or cars unlocked before the thefts occurred. The results?  83% of the theft victims had left their doors unlocked, making the criminals’ jobs extremely easy. Another spring, another increase in theft offenses.  I decided to repeat the study to see if the victims in my city had learned any lessons in the

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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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Big airport OOPS!

An Asiana Airlines Airbus A330 airliner got too close to a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 at Istanbul Airport yesterday.  I don’t know why the Turkish Airlines plane was so far back in its parking position.  It doesn’t look like it was being pushed back after loading passengers. You can read more about the collision here. I wonder how long both jets will spend in the body & fender shop? Peter

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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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