Dumb Human Behavior to Avoid

Nothing bucks up our spirits more than knowing there are people dumber than we are. Except maybe knowing there are lots of them.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | June/July 2011

Cruisin’ and Losin’

An iPod was stolen from a convertible outside a Walmart. The owner, said police, locked the doors, rolled up the windows, and turned on the alarm … but left the top down. Source: Shelbyville (Tennessee) Times-Gazette; submitted by Barbara Landis

Putting the “Dip” in Diplomat

Three men in Kansas City, Missouri, were convicted of selling phony diplomatic cards, which, they told their victims, granted them “Ambassador” status. For $450 to $2,000, the bearers of the card were told, they would be exempt from paying U.S. taxes as well as all traffic and parking fines. Source: state.gov

The owner of a Mount Kisco, New York, computer shop convinced a customer that his computer virus was part of an evil plot by Polish priests linked to the religious organization Opus Dei, authorities say. The priests were a threat to not only the man’s family, he insisted, but also to the entire United States. The best safeguard: regular credit card charges amounting to some $6 million over six years paid to the owner—who insisted he was working with the CIA—to ensure protection from the priests. (The owner has pleaded not guilty.) Source: nytimes.com


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