Friday, October 30, 2009

fork over the cash-- I have a knife! no, wait, I have a...

He needed a little help in the area of weapon selection and intimidation training. Earlier this week, an unidentified armed man attempted to rob a bank in Lublin, Poland.

The man burst into the bank and showed his weapon. He clearly announced, "This is a stick up."

Frightened customers fell to the ground and expected the worst. Then they noticed the man's weapon. It wasn't a gun or even a knife. It was a spoon. A standard stainless steel spoon.

It is never a good sign for a bank robber when he hears his "victims" begin to snicker and then to laugh. But that is precisely what happened.

Since none of the bank agents (or anyone else, for that matter) seemed intimidated by the spoon, our would-be bank robber decided it was time to make his get-away.

The man exited the bank with no money and plenty of unwanted laughs. However, the police are not laughing. They are trying to find the "ginger-haired" man and arrest him for attempted robbery.

Ananova quotes Police spokeswoman, Renata Laszczka-Rusek: "It's a weird one but he broke the law and we want to find him."

For more stories of stupid bank robbers, click the "bank robbery" label below or in the label cloud. [www_ananova_com]

Brian Regan - airport humor

If you have ever flown, you will appreciate this. Worth the watch.

I'd never seen the "flight attendants" bit before. thanks, Butch.

of clouse, we spoke England

um, do you speak English here?

(This picture now appears with permission of its owner. It also appears on his Flickr site. Thanks, Tim.)


Check out Tim's Flickr blog: vincenzooli at flickr
The sign also appears in Sign Spotting by Doug Lansky.

the remaining picture is no longer available at the original site

Thursday, October 29, 2009

'scuse me, sir, but your shirt seems to be writhing

My pointless has carried stories of stupid smugglers in the past-- for example,
  • the woman who tried to smuggle an iguana in her bra,
  • the man who taped 14 birds to his legs,
  • the man who wore 15 pair of pants.
Not to be outdone, this week, a 22-year-old Norwegian man was caught entering Norway with 14 royal pythons and 10 albino geckos-- taped to his body.

Things were going pretty well when he started going through customs. However, when customs agents found a tarantula in the man's bag, they thought they should take a closer look.

Upon examining the man, they noted that his entire upper body seemed to be squirming. The weird movements of the man's torso were caused by the 14 snakes. Each snake was encased in a stocking and taped to the man's upper body.

When the man dropped his pants, officials found the 10 lizards-- each stored in its own can and taped to his legs.

Helge Breilid, office manager at Kristiansand customs, said, "Customs officers quickly realised the man was smuggling animals, because his whole body was in constant motion."

The man was, of course, taken into custody. His torso seems to have calmed down. [www_ananova_com]

For other smuggling stories, click the "smuggler" label below or in the label cloud

a picture is worth a thousand words. sometimes fewer.

Journalists know that pictures can draw the attention of a reader and can help explain the story. For example:


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

change your race with Photoshop

hmmmm.... why do you suppose that the US version of this ad is not quite the same as the Polish counterpart?

And strangely, the same thing seems to have happened in this ad for the Medical University of Lublin (Poland). (The second picture is now on their English speaking website, too.)

And... when did Beyonce get a tan? or did she get lighter?

lublin story
microsoft story
beyonce story

For another Beyonce Photoshop problem (she grew an arm)-- link

helpful daughter


two housekeeping items

After further consideration, I decided to eliminate the mypointless Amazon store. I took this step because it has never been the plan to attempt to make money here. A store is out-of-step with why I started this blog.

Also, my sincere apology to one of my readers who noted that I had not given proper credit for a picture he took. That picture has been duly removed from mypointless.

Although I have never purposefully stolen copyrighted material, I will try to be more careful to give proper credit in the future.

"mistakes" poster via

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

you can't judge a book by its cover... and you can't judge food by its package

Advertisers would call it visual enhancement. Most of us would consider it visual deception. On the left are the photos on the outside of food packages. The photo on the right is the actual food that was inside the package...


football smooth talker

like um, maybe he shouldn't be interviewed. poor guy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

the moment of pain -- part 2

link to part 1
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attention: correction!


Friday, October 23, 2009

17 year marriage ends over a nickname

I looked. There is actually a web site that has a list of nicknames that husbands give their wives. They range from the sicky-sappy (Pumpkin Sparkle, Sugar Muffin, Cuddle Bunnie) to the less-flattering variety (Broccoli Thighs, Aardvark, Big Booty Judy).

This week, Ananova reported the story of a woman in Saudi Arabia who is seeking a divorce because of the nickname that her husband used for her. The woman stumbled upon the nickname when she looked at her husband's cell phone address book... and noticed how she was listed.

The name he gave her? Guantanamo. As in, the US hi-security war-prison in Cuba.

Strangely, the woman was not flattered by being likened to a hot place of sheer misery where men wear chains all day.

The Riyadh newspaper did not give the names of the unhappy couple, but reported that the woman is planning to end the 17-year marriage... unless she is paid a "substantial" financial compensation from her nearly ex-husband. [www_ananova_com]
backup url

list of nicknames

man on the street interviews (part 2)

Question: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

Question: Should marijuana be legalized?

Question: What's your best memory of the 4th of July?

Question: How do you feel about the law baning cell phones while driving?

Question: How eco-friendly are you?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

more lessons in automotive safety

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it is easy to find us. or not.





Wednesday, October 21, 2009

leech brings man to justice

'It is the oddest way of convicting anyone I have ever been involved in. I have not been able to find any similar cases anywhere in the world -- nothing like this at all.' --Detective Inspector Mick Johnson

Back in September 2001, two men broke into the home of Fay Olson, 71, who lived in rural Tasmania. The men tied her up and robbed her of $550.

The investigating officers noticed that there was a leech (aka bloodsucker) beside the safe at the scene of the crime. Because it was such an odd find, the leech was taken to the lab and tested for DNA. The blood inside the leech didn't match Ms. Olson, her friends or any other investigating officer.

The unmatched DNA remained on file until last year, when it showed a match to DNA taken from Peter Alec Cannon, 54, who was arrested for drug offenses in 2008. When confronted with the blood-in-leech evidence, Cannon confessed to the robbery back in 2001.

No word on how the leech got on Mr. Cannon or how it got left at Ms. Olson's house. Mr. Cannon's accomplice has not been found. [www_metro_co_uk]

checkmate me or I'll punch your lights out

If you have never heard of this before, you will think it is a parody. It isn't. It is a real sport (of sorts) with a World Champion and a growing following: Chess-boxing.
Wikipedia article

Now the geeks on the chess club can beat the guys on the football team and win the cheerleader's heart! er, maybe not.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

kitty want to take a walk?

I especially like the owner. Her words of encouragement make a difference.

thanks, Tyler

more healines of the ironic


Monday, October 19, 2009

the world's easiest drug arrest

At least he won't be charged with concealing drugs.

Last week, Cesar Lopez, 29, was hanging around a convenience store near Philadelphia. A police officer happened to walk by and noticed that there was something unusual stuck to Cesar's forehead.

Since Cesar did not appear to be a devout Jew wearing tefillin*, the officer took a closer look... and noted that Cesar had a bag of marijuana stuck to his forehead.

The officer plucked the bag from Cesar's forehead and promptly arrested him for drug possession.

Either Cesar is incredibly stupid (a real possibility) or he believed that his marijuana bag was safely concealed in the sweatband of his baseball cap. Nice going, Cesar. [www_metro_co_uk]
* tefillin

more grocery bargains

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