Assorted Stupidity

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Assorted Stupidity #23

Doctrine of Proportionate Response: "Reed told police that he sat behind Willis and initially planned to attack him with a hammer, but fearing that would kill him, chose to light him on fire instead." Ladies and gentlemen, the complimentary peanuts…


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Assorted Stupidity #22

Colorado now proposing to regulate doll diversity, number of blocks per child and the proper manner of labeling and application of sunscreen at child-care centers in that state. Puppetry authorized but not mandated. Merry-go-rounds and, terrifyingly, "sea saws" are prohibited. Also, "googly…


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Assorted Stupidity #21

How do you hide a mink coat in your underpants for three days? It's not a riddle, I really don't know. I've read this report several times now and I can't visualize how this might have worked. And for that…


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Assorted Stupidity #20

Finally, someone is standing up for the rights of the Great Hamster of Alsace. Via Popehat: the very funny site WTForever 21, which sometimes praises but usually mocks the fashions sold by Forever 21, is now being threatened by that…


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Assorted Stupidity #19 [Updated]

Wall Street Journal: "Blago Takes Stand, Says He Can Spin Basketball on Finger." Your Honor, we have reached a verdict. Once again, if you believe public scrutiny is causing someone emotional distress, filing a lawsuit over the situation might not…


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Assorted Stupidity #18 [Updated]

"I instantly thought of you when I saw this headline," wrote the submitter. That headline: "West Virginia Man Accused of Killing Neighbor's Goat While Wearing Women's Underwear." Can't be that many people in the world who would find that comment…


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Assorted Stupidity #17

The BBC reports that a Welsh police force has begun posting its responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. Among other things, its website reveals that over the past few years citizens have reported seeing 36 "big cats" or suspected big cats, 26…


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Assorted Stupidity #16

A woman in Vermont may be trying out a "just kidding" defense to a charge of attempted robbery, reportedly telling police that the incident at a gas station was a "joke" and a "misunderstanding." According to the clerk at the…


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Assorted Stupidity #15

The Speaker of the Florida House has chastised Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) for using the word "uterus" in a floor debate. Claiming Republicans are only opposed to regulation if it involves business, not social issues like abortion, Randolph suggested that…


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Assorted Stupidity #14

“[I]t is not up to this Hearing Officer to decide whether in fact Respondent was or was not truly possessed by and speaking for [her client’s] deceased wife,” wrote the officer hearing this legal-ethics case. He did go ahead and…