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#1 2012-05-10 20:49:10

Kevin
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From: Tanglewilde
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Area residents bring The Stupid. Hard.

Most often, the blog points out examples of local journalistic and/or governmental stupidity.

Today, we interrupt the blog "slowdown" to share three examples of general stupidity. Be sure to click over for the full stories/posts.


* Package prompts Galleria-area evacuations - Newswatch/Chron.com
Let's set this one up. Guy orders some pyrotechnics (marine flares). Guy forgets. Guy gets a package labeled "explosives" in his mailbox. Guy freaks out and takes said package to fire station. Fire station personnel are alarmed, call in bomb squad and evacuate a good portion of the area. Bomb squad figures out what's in the package. Guy goes "Oh yeah, I DID order those." Or something similarly stupid.


* Hoax Twitter Message and Call Cost Doctor Kruse His Cruise - Patterico's Pontifications

The quick version of the story is that a parody twitter account tweeted some "threatening" messages about the cruise the real doctor was about to go on (as a lecturer!), authorities went crazy thinking it was the real doctor but finally figured out he was legit, and there was no threat. And STILL, the Carnival Cruise captain wouldn't let the doctor board the ship and give his lecture!

If only METRO's elite counterterror squad had somehow been involved, this would have been the Perfect Storm of Stupid.


* Phony abduction report shuts down Gulf Freeway during rush hour - KHOU-11 News

A 911 call about an alleged abduction that shut down the Gulf Freeway during morning rush hour turned out to be a false alarm.

A man called 911 Thursday morning and said he’d been kidnapped. He gave a description of the car he was in and the location.

[snip]

Police now say the caller made up the story about the abduction.

What fun that must have been for all the drivers!


Okay, that will just about do it for now. Some days, The Stupid -- oh it makes us hurt!




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#2 2012-05-15 16:24:46

Ubu Roi
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Re: Area residents bring The Stupid. Hard.

"Stupid is as stupid does"

Had to be said....


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#3 2012-09-25 00:08:09

MyHomeHouston
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Re: Area residents bring The Stupid. Hard.

I think part of the problem is we are so worried about terrorism.  If we looked at the number of people that die every year it would make more sense for us to be freaked out about things like "the hunger buster" and the "big gulp" since they lead to way more deaths than terrorism over the last few years.


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#4 2018-03-27 19:44:08

yamadude
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Registered: 2005-12-14
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Re: Area residents bring The Stupid. Hard.

wow this forum is dead!

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#5 2018-08-18 16:31:38

Kevin
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Registered: 2004-09-08
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Re: Area residents bring The Stupid. Hard.

Ha, yeah, it's effectively hidden from the main site now, and the main site isn't all that active any more.

I have seen that Vanilla Forum integrates nicely with Wordpress. Maybe if we ever get really active again, we'll bring back the forum for commenting. I always preferred it, but this software didn't play nicely with Wordpress.

How have you been?

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