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Teen Tries to Perform an ‘Escalator Helicopter’; Ends Up Crashing

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While at the Colorado Springs Mall last week, Joe Szklarski decided to try the “escalator helicopter” trick he saw someone do on YouTube.

And, as we all know, people attempting to recreate things they see on YouTube are always successful. At injuring themselves and/or others.

“So my friend broke the escalator at the mall,” Joe’s pal Andrew Nichols told 9NEWS. “$3700 in fees.”

Sure, that’s a lot of money to an 18-year-old, but there’s an upside: “It still is as funny as crap,” said Andrew, who filmed the predictable failure, “and I’ve seen it so many times!”

via Teen Tries to Perform an ‘Escalator Helicopter’; Ends Up Crashing.

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March 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Fail, Funny Videos

Store Combats Showrooming With $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee – Consumerist

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March 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Posted in Business, Dumb, Fail

Joan Rivers mistaken for illegal immigrant | Orange UK

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Four UK border guards swooped on loudmouth comedian Joan Rivers as she disembarked from a fishing boat in Kent.

The star was filming for her US chat show when she was mistaken for an illegal immigrant trying to enter Britain.

Ms Rivers had been on a fishing trip off Faversham, when the party was questioned by the UK Border Agency.

The agency had received a tip-off regarding a suspicious group of people on two fishing trawlers, reports The Mirror.

Border agency staff went to the site – a notorious drop-off point for illegal immigrants – but instead found the star with her film crew.

They quizzed Ms Rivers, daughter Melissa and the crew for several minutes until they realised who she was.

via Joan Rivers mistaken for illegal immigrant | Orange UK.

Written by edparnell

November 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Fail

The Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

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I bought a Williams-Sonoma cheese grater for my mom for Christmas once because I had no idea what to get her and I was in a mall and there the grater was, just large enough to take up space under the tree and just cheap enough to let her know that I put NO thought or care into buying a gift for her. Anyway, I paid for this grater with a credit card. And when a place like Williams-Sonoma gets your credit card and thus your address, you are on the mailing list for life. Every holiday season, my mail slot gets bukkake’d with monstrous catalogs packed with shit I would never, ever buy, and the W-S catalog stands out among them.

While certain retailers like Hammacher Schlemmer are almost intentionally ludicrous (“Buy this personal hovercraft for $80,000!”), there’s no wink to be found in a Williams-Sonoma catalog. The people at W-S aren’t the least bit self-conscious about getting you to pay $35 for mailed gravy. So I thought I would go through this holiday season’s catalog, which has spent a solid week atop my shitter, and point out some of the more ridiculous items. Because there are people out there who buy this shit. The question is … who? And why? Let’s try to figure that out now.

via The Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog.

Written by edparnell

November 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Posted in Business, Fail

Death of woman denied an abortion causes uproar in Ireland – latimes.com

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The death of an ailing woman who was refused an abortion in an Irish hospital has inflamed longstanding concern about Ireland’s tight restrictions on when women can terminate a pregnancy.

Praveen Halappanavar told the Irish Times that his wife, Savita, was suffering intense pain and had been told her baby would not survive. Upset but resigned to losing her child, she was denied an abortion despite repeated pleas with their Galway hospital as she suffered shakes and vomiting, Halappanavar told the newspaper.

“The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. Savita said, ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic,’ but they said there was nothing they could do,” Halappanavar told the newspaper from India.

As long as the fetus still had a heartbeat, the husband said they were told, an abortion was illegal. Days later, the heartbeat stopped and the remains were removed, but Halappanavar grew sicker, eventually dying of blood poisoning, her husband told the Irish Times.

The Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group said it could not discuss the details of her case with reporters, but was reviewing the unexpected death in line with its usual procedures to establish what had happened. It extended its sympathy to her husband, family and friends. The Health Service Executive, a national body that oversees Irish healthcare, is also carrying out a review and will recommend any changes needed to prevent similar incidents, it said.

via Death of woman denied an abortion causes uproar in Ireland – latimes.com.

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November 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Disgusting, Fail, Medicine, News

BBC News – Fox News apologises over live ‘suicide’ in Arizona

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The US network Fox News has apologised for showing a man fatally shoot himself in the head on live television.Fox News on Friday was covering a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix, Arizona, using a live helicopter shot.After driving for dozens of miles into the desert, the motorist stopped and ran on to a dirt road. He then put a handgun to his head and fired.TV anchor Shepard Smith later apologised to viewers for not cutting away. “We really messed up,” he said.Phoenix police say the chase may have started with a car-jacking.

via BBC News – Fox News apologises over live ‘suicide’ in Arizona.

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September 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

Posted in Disgusting, Fail

Meet The ReadyCase: The Frankenstein Of iPhone Cases, Plus Extra Stabby Bits | TechCrunch

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Apple’s iPhone 5 was bound to shake up the accessory market, as it always does. That means new cases, with new features. One new one debuting on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo today called the ReadyCase packs more features than I think any I’ve ever seen, all into a low-profile design that actually only adds 3mm of thickness, and will ship in both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 versions.

So what do you get with ReadyCase? Here’s a list:

Two kickstands, for both portrait and landscape orientation.

An interchangeable lens ring for macro, fisheye and wide-angle conversion lenses.

An 8GB or 16GB USB flash drive.

A multi-tool, complete with standard and serrated knife blades, a flathead screwdriver and bottle opener, available in either black or silver.

A headphone clip.

The case is made from a durable composite material that’s supposed to be pretty rugged, and the best part is that it doesn’t add bulk. There’s actually an opening on the back, though, so it’s not like it’s an Otterbox or anything and scratches are still a possibility, but for the survivalist, outdoorsy-type who also wants to carry important documents and media around on a readily available flash drive, this thing looks to be the tops.

via Meet The ReadyCase: The Frankenstein Of iPhone Cases, Plus Extra Stabby Bits | TechCrunch.

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September 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Posted in Fail, Products, Tech

Unfortunate School Picture

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September 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Posted in Fail, Funny Pics

iPhone 5: Say hello to scuffgate? | Crave – CNET

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If you bought Apple’s iPhone 5 today and noticed a ding on it, you’re not alone.

On message boards and social media, new iPhone 5 owners are complaining of small scratches and nicks on their new smartphones, purportedly located near the antenna markers on the side of the device or near the screen. The issues appear mostly limited to the black version of the iPhone 5. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

We spotted at least three dozen examples of consumers frustrated with small abrasions discovered after unboxing their shiny new iPhone.

via iPhone 5: Say hello to scuffgate? | Crave – CNET.

Written by edparnell

September 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Fail, Products

Mitt Romney’s Family Trust Invested In Chinese Companies

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Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax returns, which were finally released today, show that Romney’s family trust invested in two Chinese companies, a bank and a state-owned oil company.

Then, as Romney’s presidential campaign gained momentum, the trust sold the shares. This might not a big deal if Romney hadn’t spent much of the past two years criticizing China for using unfair trade practices, and then faulting Obama for not being tougher on China’s policies. For instance, Romney has said a lot of things like this:

“President Obama has spent 43 months failing to confront China’s unfair trade practices,” Mr. Romney said in a statement after Mr. Obama’s announced that the government had filed trade complaints against China. “Campaign-season trade cases may sound good on the stump, but it is too little, too late for American businesses and middle-class families.

Doesn’t sound so great now, does it? But here’s the real kicker:

On Aug. 10, 2011, as Mr. Romney was emerging as a harsh critic of China, the shares were sold, producing a profit of $8,138, as the trust made money on the oil company but lost money on the bank.

via Mitt Romney’s Family Trust Invested In Chinese Companies.

Written by edparnell

September 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Posted in Dumb, Fail

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