11 Great Ideas That Went Horribly (and Hilariously) Wrong
Word to the wise: Don’t rob a bank while disguised as yourself.
The Not-So Italian Job
A serial bank robber in Pittsburgh was known to police for his red beard. So for his next heist, he wore a disguise.
The disguise he chose was a red beard to cover his red beard. The robber was arrested after his getaway car was recognized as belonging to a bank robber with … a red beard. Source: wtae.com
Someone in Iowa City, Iowa, bought a sculpture made of “found” items—discarded electronics—and placed it in a space where art is left for public consumption.
Authorities thought it was a bomb and blew it up. Source: upi.com
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To avoid paying a $50 luggage fee, a passenger flying to Glasgow, Scotland, chucked his suitcase and wore all his clothes—six T-shirts, four sweaters, three pairs of blue jeans, two pairs of jogging shorts, two jackets, and two hats—onto the plane.
He passed out shortly after takeoff from heat exhaustion and was taken to a hospital upon landing. Source: metro.co.uk
The Great Outdoors
An agoraphobic conquered her fears of the outdoors and left her house in England for only the third time in ten years.
She fell down a manhole while helping a friend park her car. Source: dailymail.co.uk
In an effort to promote Life Savers Ministries, which helps disadvantaged children, the organization posted a billboard featuring the quote “He alone who owns the youth gains the future.”
The quote is Adolf Hitler’s. “We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion,” said the founder. Source: ledger-enquirer.com
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To the cheers of bird lovers everywhere, conservationists reintroduced white-tailed sea eagles to East Scotland, where they haven’t lived for 200 years. As a safeguard for the raptors, they were placed on the protected species list.
These protected birds now have free rein to attack livestock and civilians alike—an activity they seem very much to enjoy and, apparently, are quite good at. Source: telegraph.co.uk
A Demented Plan
When Lorean Simmons locked herself out of her Pittsburgh home, she sought help from the authorities.
First, she set her house on fire. Then she called 911, expecting the fire department to put out the fire and unlock her door. As planned, the fire department responded, but so did the police, who charged Simmons with reckless endangerment. Source: wtae.com
Where’s the Warden?
In an effort to help rehabilitate inmates, a prison in England offers adult education classes to its convicts.
One prisoner, Nicholas Webber, used his class time in an IT course to hack the prison’s computer system. Why was Webber incarcerated in the first place? Oh, yeah, for hacking computers. Source: cnet.com
Death of a Ladies’ Man
A man from White Rock, B.C., was so smitten with his lady that he booked a weekend holiday for just the two of them.
His wife found out. After throwing all his belongings into the yard, she advertised a “Lying Cheating Sale” on Craigslist. “I want the house empty on Monday when he returns,” her ad stated. Included in the sale were his favourite red leather recliner and “lots of tools, which he didn’t have a clue how to use.” Source: theprovince.com
Zoo life is a dull life. So in an effort to liven things up for their chimp Gina, zookeepers in Seville, Spain, installed a TV set in her cage and then taught the little simian how to use the remote. Gina took to it quickly!
While channel surfing, Gina discovered the porn station, to which she is now addicted. Source: gawker.com
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Johns Hopkins University professor Peter Froehlich announced to the students in his computer-programming class that their final exams would be graded on a curve. That meant that the highest score would automatically be 100 per cent, and everybody else would get a percentage relative to that grade.
His students refused to take the test, which meant they all got a zero, which meant they all got the lowest and highest grade, which, in turn, meant they all received an A for the exam. Source: freakonomics.com
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