(cut and paste from a fwd mail) TOP EIGHT MORONS OF THE YEAR WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence. 2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up." 3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts. 4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop, and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small,so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him. 5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words, "Give me all your money or I'll shoot, the man shouted, "That's not what I said!" 6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!" 7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED!! In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellllllooooooo!) 8. THE GRAND FINALE: Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 footer going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuvre, no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath, he came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. NOW REMEMBER . . . THIS IS TRUE . . . Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.
Does anyone else find it frightening that the majority of these took place in California??? Responese 1: What Arnieland??!!! Noooooo!!!
We do have a lot of people here who know how to write, so a lot of stuff makes it into print on that account. One contributing factor: pens work quite well in California, probably because they're not used here to clean ears and fingernails.
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None of these even come close to the idiot of the year. For a good look at truly lethal idiocy, go to Google and search on "The Darwin Awards", a yearly compendium of the people who have managed to kill themselves in the dumbest possible way. Some survivors make honorable mention if their survival is a matter of dumb luck. For example, the guy who tied weather balloons to a folding chair to make a floating chair and found himself floating at an improbable height....... a Californian, BTW. Where else?
Originally posted by Jim Yingst: a Californian, BTW. Where else? Massachusetts, apparently.
Well, that's not a good example. First, as the article describes, the precedent was set by Larry Walters in California. Second, the thing happened 20 years ago. Nowdays, the most foolish thing that they let you do in Massachusetts is not to fasten a seatbelt in your car equipped with four air bags.
posted 16 years ago
Well, that's not a good example. Example of what? First, as the article describes, the precedent was set by Larry Walters in California. No kidding. The question I was answering was the one that I quoted: where else? Sorry if the answer doesn't suit the needs of knee-jerk California bashers. the most foolish thing that they let you do in Massachusetts Were you under the impression that the original flight in California was something they "let" him do?
"I'm not back." - Bill Harding, Twister
posted 16 years ago
No kidding. The question I was answering was the one that I quoted: where else? Sorry if the answer doesn't suit the needs of knee-jerk California bashers. I missed Alfred's post, sorry about that and please disregard my comment.
First, as the article describes, the precedent was set by Larry Walters in California. But look what they say! "The incredible flight of Larry Walters, a 33-year-old Vietnam veteran..." No wonder. It's not Californian factor, it's military. *I* am being sarcastic, in case you cannot tell. :roll: