12 Great Ideas That Went Horribly Wrong

You know that awful feeling you get after crafting the perfect plan, only to watch it unravel in a swirl of dust and despair? Not as intensely as these people.

By Andy Simmons

Sea Eagles Good Idea #1…

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.

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

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

 

Fire in house

Good Idea #2…

When Lorean Simmons locked herself out of her Pittsburgh home, she sought help from the authorities.

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

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

 

Prison

Good Idea #3…

In an effort to help rehabilitate inmates, a prison in England offers adult education classes to its convicts.

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

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

 

Cheating husband

Good Idea #4…

A man from White Rock, British Columbia, was so smitten with his lady that he booked a weekend holiday for just the two of them.

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

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 favorite red leather recliner and “lots of tools, which he didn’t have a clue how to use.” —Source: theprovince.com

 

Zoo

Good Idea #5…

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!

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

While channel surfing, Gina discovered the porn station, to which she is now addicted. —Source: gawker.com

 

Grade curve

Good Idea #6…

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 percent, and everybody else would get a percentage relative to that grade.

Too Bad It Didn’t Work!

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

  • Your Comments

    • lemonfemale

      #4 is not a good idea because he cheated on his wife. #6 is not a good idea. The “A” you might get grading on a curve- you don’t know what it means. As the class so ably demonstrated, that “A” might mean a score of zero. I love what the class did.

    • LolAya

      Wait, how can the police just let go of the murder suspect so easily? And I thought police stations were open 24/7?