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Oops! The Silly Mistakes Thread

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The state of Rhode Island issued almost 15 dozen tax refund checks carrying the signatures of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney.
Glitch blamed for Mickey Mouse signing tax refund checks

Rhode Island state officials said a technical glitch was to blame for 176 tax refund checks being mailed out bearing the signatures of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney.

Jade Borgeson, chief of staff for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, confirmed the checks were mailed out this week with the signatures of Walt Disney and his most famous cartoon creation instead of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan. ...

"As a result of a technical error in the Division of Taxation's automated refund check printing system, approximately 176 checks with invalid signature lines were printed and mailed to taxpayers on Monday" ...

"The invalid signature lines were incorrectly sourced from the Division's test print files," she said.

Borgeson said most of the erroneous checks were corporate tax refunds. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...ouse-signing-tax-refund-checks/8191596214279/
 

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Received a new bank account card in the mail last Wednesday, with accompanying PIN number having arrived separately, previous day.

Although it's been many years since I last had a PIN number posted out, all straightforward - you tear off a security strip to reveal the PIN underneath, printed on the letter - and I dutifully did so, straight away, Tuesday.

It was correspondingly with considerable annoyance, to subsequently discover that nowadays, the PIN code is on the plastic see-through strip itself, which you place against a light background to reveal its 4 digit PIN.

A fact which only came to my notice afterwards, next day, on Wednesday.

Have you ever tried to find a tiny, transparent, strip of plastic which is effectively invisible.

Although eventually located, following some 3 hours of joyously entertaining searching, the transparent/invisible aspect truly was quite significant. :mad:
 

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Man sets his flat on fire when proposal stunt goes pear-shaped

Albert Ndreu, 26, of Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, filled the living room with hundreds of tea lights, candles and balloons on Monday evening.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started on Abbeydale Road on Monday after the man left to pick up his girlfriend for the "big moment". When the couple returned they found the flat engulfed in flames.

"After going round the corner to collect his girlfriend ready for the romantic moment, he came back to find the flat on fire and three fire engines on the way."

Mr Ndreu still proposed and his girlfriend accepted, but said he was banned from candles for awhile.

He met his girlfriend Valerija Madevic online about a year ago. "We got on like a house on fire"
Burnt out room
 

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Man sets his flat on fire when proposal stunt goes pear-shaped

Albert Ndreu, 26, of Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, filled the living room with hundreds of tea lights, candles and balloons on Monday evening.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started on Abbeydale Road on Monday after the man left to pick up his girlfriend for the "big moment". When the couple returned they found the flat engulfed in flames.



Burnt out room
I used to love having candles and tea lights and oil burners lit around the place until a candle caused a terrible fatal fire the next town.
These days I sit out with Techy and am content to just set my hands ablaze.
 

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Mexico's national tourism promotion site suffered a major case of laughable mistranslations ...
Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.

Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”

Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. ...

... The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.

Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.” ...

Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.

“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.” ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/5d4d94cc8b8fd89c961f28d186521535
 

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I used to love having candles and tea lights and oil burners lit around the place until a candle caused a terrible fatal fire the next town.
On first reading, I thought (with horror!) that you meant one of your candles caused the fire. Yikes, I thought - if this is the "confessions" thread, not sure how I can top that!
 

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On first reading, I thought (with horror!) that you meant one of your candles caused the fire. Yikes, I thought - if this is the "confessions" thread, not sure how I can top that!
Yup, it wasn't one of mine!
 

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I remember a mysterious spate of house fires were found to be caused by people having glass ornaments and those paperweight bauble things on their windowsills. Something to think about next time you’re tempted in the charity shop.

Fire service repeats warning about glass causing house fires
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to enter the property and extinguish the fire using hose reels and jets.

The blaze was started accidentally by a glass ornament that was left on the window sill. The glass object caught the sunlight and concentrated the sun’s rays, causing the ignition. The same result can be produced by mirrors, metal bowls and decorative window glass.
 

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It turns out this Tennessee woman isn't invisible.
A woman is stunned when her new driver's license came back with a picture of an empty chair

Driver's license photos are the worst, but one Tennessee woman is laughing after a clerical error left her with a picture of an empty chair.

Dodd had recently renewed her license in Hickman County and when it came in the mail on Thursday, she was surprised to find that in place of her picture ID there was a photo of an empty chair.

"The lady at the DMV did not really believe me when I was like 'hey, I need my license fixed,'" Dodd said.

"Then, she looked it up in the system and goes, 'Oh, I need my manager for this.'"

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security told CNN the error happened when the wrong image was captured and saved to Dodd's profile.

"When the customer recently renewed her driver license online, she received an image of a chair because that was the last picture taken on file" ...
FULL STORY (With Photo Of The Botched License): https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/11/cnn10/empty-chair-photo-id-trnd/index.html
 

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Couple caught on camera having sex during Zoom meeting hosted by council

Didn't log out.

The 10am meeting on how Rio de Janeiro city council can guarantee students are fed during the coronavirus pandemic had already begun when the man, who is said to not have been a councillor, bailed out of the discussion.

But he kept his camera rolling and was seen sitting on a bed, naked, with a woman beside him before they started having sex.

According to local newspaper Metropoles the meeting was chaired by Leonel Brizola, a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party, who turned a blind eye to the raunchy scenes and continued the meeting which lasted four hours.
 

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I wonder who was still suspecting a shooting incident was in progress by the time the police were called in, the location of the shooting sounds was identified and the locksmith unlocked the door.
German police alerted to shots, find sleeping man and TV

German police called to the scene of a suspected shooting found a man who had fallen asleep with an action film running at top volume on TV.

Police in Cologne said several people on Wednesday morning reported hearing shots from an apartment somewhere in their neighborhood. Several police teams surrounded two neighboring buildings at about 7.30 a.m. and started searching the apartments.

The cause of the disturbance was tracked down quickly once officers had called in a locksmith to open a locked door — a slumbering man in front of a television showing an action film. ...

The 34-year-old, who wasn’t registered as living at the address, was taken to the police station but let go after his identity was established.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/9521e3249b6c3d1682e5286e0eb6ce08
 

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A tisket, a tasket, a floating pseudo-casket ...
Grave mistake: ‘Casket’ seen in river turns out to be dock

Police in Maryland investigating reports of a casket photographed bobbing up and down in a river discovered the object was something far less macabre.

A post to a local radio station’s Facebook page Tuesday showed a rectangular object with flat sides and a curved top floating in the South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis.

The concrete slab, resembling a coffin, sparked complaints of a possible hazard in the water ...

Department of Natural Resources police were dispatched to the river, where a hydrographic operations team helped pull what turned out to be a floating dock from the water ...
FULL STORY (With Photo):
https://apnews.com/a990ce3dfb7c55fb8c6a083678da13bd
 

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Man blows up part of house while chasing fly

A man has blown up part of his house in France while trying to swat a fly.

The man, who is in his 80s, was about to tuck into his dinner when he became irritated by a fly buzzing around him.

He picked up an electric racket designed to kill bugs and start swatting at it - but a gas canister was leaking in his Dordogne home.

A reaction between the racket and the gas caused an explosion, destroying the kitchen and partly damaging the roof of the home in Parcoul-Chenaud village.

According to local media, the unnamed man had a lucky escape, sustaining just a burn to the hand.
 

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Another realistic inflatable fakes off someone ...
Deputy finds reported alligator in storage shed was 'pool floatie'

A Florida sheriff's deputy responded to a home on a report of an alligator in a storage shed and discovered the apparent reptile actually was an inflatable pool toy.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a Twitter post that Deputy Mark Texler responded to a home on a report of an alligator in a storage shed. ...

"Deputy Trexler went to a call about an alligator in a storage shed," the tweet said. "He came ... he saw ... he conquered the beast. He even knocked the wind out of it. Literally. The gator turned out to be a pool floatie."
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...-storage-shed-was-pool-floatie/6241599677151/
 

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Man who crashes van into 2 marked police cars, found to have 273 kilos of crystal meth

"This would be one of the easiest drugs busts that NSW Police has ever made -- incredible, absolutely incredible,"

The incident took place last July in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales. Officers at a police station heard a bang outside, and went out to see two vehicles severely damaged. The car that crashed into the vehicles was nowhere to be seen, according to a news release from NSW Police.

After checking surveillance cameras and talking to witnesses, officers were able to identify the car responsible, track it down and pull it over.

The drugs had a street value upwards of 200 million Australian dollars ($145 million), police said.

Simon Tu was sentenced to six years and six months in prison on the charge of supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, according to the New South Wales district court. He will be eligible for parole in July 2023.
 

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North Carolina city replacing street sign that misspelled 'Autumn'

A North Carolina city said it is replacing a recently erected street sign after residents of Autumn Oaks Lane complained that the sign incorrectly identified their street as "Autum Oaks Drive."

A Raleigh resident contacted WNCN-TV to complain that the sign, which recently was replaced after being struck by a vehicle, featured the misspelled word "Autum" and incorrectly identified the "lane" as a "drive." ...

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...et-sign-that-misspelled-Autumn/8441600459281/
 

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Humiliation before breakfast, or perhaps at the end of a long night - not the way to start or end one's day ...
Police free man from handcuffs after girlfriend lost the key

Police in Britain responded to an early morning call from a man who became trapped in a pair of handcuffs in an apparent case of romance gone awry.

The Greater Manchester Police's Rochdale station said officers responded to a home at 4:30 a.m. Friday to help a couple having difficulty with a pair of handcuffs. ...

"Male phoned requesting help as his girlfriend had locked him in some handcuffs and they couldn't now find the key," the department's tweet said. "Wanted police as he feared the fire brigade would cut them and they were expensive."

Police said the man was "released" from the cuffs, but the department did not say whether the expensive restraints were damaged in the rescue.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...-after-girlfriend-lost-the-key/5401600461071/
 

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Passenger 'falls from moving car on M25' whilst filming Snapchat video

The woman was in the front seat and "hanging out the car" along the M25 as she was filming on Snapchat, according to officers.

Surrey Police said it was only "by luck" that she was not seriously injured or killed during the incident at 1.30am on Saturday.

A force spokesperson said the woman was treated at the scene by paramedics and no arrests were made.
 

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North Carolina city replacing street sign that misspelled 'Autumn'

A North Carolina city said it is replacing a recently erected street sign after residents of Autumn Oaks Lane complained that the sign incorrectly identified their street as "Autum Oaks Drive."

A Raleigh resident contacted WNCN-TV to complain that the sign, which recently was replaced after being struck by a vehicle, featured the misspelled word "Autum" and incorrectly identified the "lane" as a "drive." ...

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...et-sign-that-misspelled-Autumn/8441600459281/
One thing I have noticed since the onset of the pandemic is that a humongous number of people in the U.K. cannot differentiate between meter and metre. Whoever does the artwork for the Meadows Shopping mall in Chelmsford took no chances and used both spellings over two different lines on a poster for social distancing.
 

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Hopefully Helpful Tip: If you want to take pictures of your car, don't pose it on a slope immediately leading into a large body of water ...
Car rolls into Utah reservoir while owner snaps photos

Authorities in Utah shared photos of a car that "decided to go for a swim" when its owner got out of the vehicle to take some photos next to a reservoir.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue said the owner of the car had pulled the vehicle onto the ramp at the Deer Creek Reservoir in Deer Creek State Park to take some photos of the car with the water in the background. ...

The photo op went wrong when the unoccupied car rolled down the ramp and into the water. ...
SOURCE (With Photo):
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