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Goofs and Screw-ups

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 8th

Your Daily Loser - A former exotic dancer was caught with her pants (or should I say G-string) down in California awhile back. Seems that Nicole Faller of Pleasanton is a bit absent-minded when she's high on methamphetamine. You see, she set up a video camera to record herself having sex with an older man, but unfortunately his heart couldn't take the excitement and he died. So Nicole went through his things, took whatever she decided was valuable along with the rest of his drugs and split... leaving the camera behind. The Story.

Jury Duty - Peter Addison, on the left and Mark Ridgeway, on the right, broke into a charity campsite and trashed the place. How were they caught? Peter had the not-so-good sense to write "Peter Addison was here!" on the white board... I'm sure this is not what his mother had in mind when she told him "My son, someday you will leave your mark on this world!" The Story. // The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie - Fri May 08, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

WaterCar Amphibious is Half Ram, Half Corvette, and Half Boat

Many of you may have heard of the Amphicar, the classic half boat, half car that did neither job well, but at least it looked good not doing its job. The same could not be said about the 2009 WaterCar Amphibious, however. Supposedly styled after the 2002 Camaro convertible, it looks more like someone welded the front half of a Dodge Ram truck to the back half of a Chevrolet Corvette, and then replaced the chassis with the bottom of a speedboat. The link contains several pictures of the vehicle on land as well as in the water.

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Thu May 07, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Boats, Transportation, Goofs and Screw-ups

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 7th

Your Daily Loser - Ishmael Makone of Johannesburg, South Africa, paid the ultimate price for his stupidity. Apparently noone bothered to warn Makone that it's a really bad idea to be underneath the structure you're trying to tear down, even though the article claims dozens of witnesses had been watching him for days and worrying about his safety.

Jury Duty - This has to be the happiest drunk guy to ever end up in jail. Chris Carter of St. Petersburg, Florida, doesn't seem to mind that he was cited for violating his parole, driving under the influence and holding an open container of alcohol. The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie - Thu May 07, 2009 - Comments (12)
Category: Death, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

What Were They Thinking? #1

Hi there! I'm Salamander Sam, and you may remember me from such comment sections as Follies of the Mad Men #33 and Follies of the Mad Men #31. As you may know from my comments, I like vintage technology, and so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Google Books obtained the rights to every issue of Popular Science ever made. The good news for you is that you don't need to waste countless hours searching through the archives for hilarious articles, because I was already doing that anyways! This will be the first entry in my "What Were They Thinking" series, which will probably be the first of many series devoted to the weirdness that once was. And, like the Top Ten List, I will start out with the best example:

One of Popular Science's longest running segment was called "I'd Like To See Them Make...", in which readers suggested ideas for new products. Many were quite brilliant, but there were some which can only be enjoyed with the benefit of hindsight...

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(from the January 1956 issue of Popular Science)

Special Bonus Product:

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(from the April 1953 issue of Popular Science)

Posted By: Salamander Sam - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Products, 1950s, Goofs and Screw-ups, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 6th

Your Daily Loser - If the police are kind enough to put your drunken butt into a cab and send you home rather than write you a ticket for being drunk and disorderly, do yourself a huge favor and stay home! Unfortunately this advice comes too late for Erik "Knucklehead" Salmons of Copley, Ohio. Once he arrived home, Salmons thought it over and decided he wasn't too drunk to drive. To prove his point, he drove himself to the police station and insisted on being given a breathalyzer... which he failed. The Story.

Jury Duty - Is it really possible that he smokes pot? It could be that he just sells it, but I have my doubts. Being high as a kite would help to explain the hair. The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie - Wed May 06, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Drugs, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 5th

I am not Chuck. So I don't hope to replace him in any way. But the Daily Loser and Jury Duty segments of WU are some of my favorites and I would miss them. Here's hoping you guys don't mind if I pick up the torch.

Your Daily Loser - Police in Northwood, New Hampshire needed an innertube to pull a burglary suspect out of a lake. The young man and his friend tried to break into a house Saturday night but were caught because a passing driver heard glass breaking and called the cops. Out of curiosity, what did they use to break the glass? Dynamite? How loud can breaking glass be that you would hear it while driving by someone's house? When the police arrived, the suspect fled, jumped into the freezing Northwood Lake and had to be rescued. The Story. // The Video.

Jury Duty - Two young men in Palmyra, New York have been accused of luring a calf out of a barn and butchering it because they were hungry. Sadly the article only has the mug shot from one of the suspects. Story and Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie - Tue May 05, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

Castles In the Air

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Here's the cover to a romance novel that reached the market without anyone noticing a certain anomaly. I held a copy of this book at the house of fabled artist pal Nick Jainschigg recently, so I know it exists.

Read the author's take on the whole affair here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 25, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Books, Goofs and Screw-ups

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