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EPIC FAIL of the Day 3/2/12

by on March 2, 2012

1. Police in Mississippi said a Craigslist posting offering a baby boy free for the taking was “a bad practical joke” by a high school student.

Clinton Police Chief Don Byington said officers tracked the cellphone number in the posting to an 18-year-old Clinton High student and discovered a friend of the teenager had created the advertisement as “a bad practical joke,” The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, reported Thursday.

Byington said the teenager’s phone number was used in the posting without his permission. He said the prankster took the baby picture used on the site from a Google image search.

“We’ve talked to everyone involved, and we are consulting with the district attorney’s office to see if there are any charges to be brought,” Byington said. “We are exploring that.”

Read more: UPI

2. Doctors in China said they are trying to figure out how they will remove a thermometer that has been inside a woman’s lung for 44 years.

The Hunan province doctors said they found the 2-inch-long medical thermometer in the lungs of a patient identified only as Liu and she told them she accidentally swallowed the object when she was 12-years-old and her family couldn’t afford medical care, reported Thursday.

Read more: UPI

3. Officials shut down two schools in Gainesville, Ga., Thursday after an auto corrected text message appeared to threaten a terrorist act.

The message — which said “gunman be at west hall today” — was sent to the wrong number around noon, and it wasn’t even intended for West Hall Middle and West Hall High schools.

The actual text was “gunna be at west hall today” but the sender’s new cellphone changed the spelling of “gunna” to “gunman” and law enforcement was notified, the Gainesville Times reported.

Lockdowns were ordered at both schools as officials investigated and authorities said the person who received the message did the correct thing by reporting it.

Read more: UPI

4. A pair of Florida women said they were shocked to find a snake, which they believe to be a boa constrictor, in the trunk of their rental car.

Kathy Murphy said she and a friend were unloading groceries from the trunk of the rental car at Shorewood Condominiums in Cape Canaveral when they discovered the snake slithering across their grocery bags, WFTV, Orlando, reported Thursday.

Read more: UPI

5. A Frenchman took Google to court Thursday over a photo published online by its Street View application showing him urinating in his front yard which he believes has made him the laughing stock of his village in rural northwest France.

The man, who is aged around 50 and lives in a village of some 3,000 people in the Maine-et-Loire region, is demanding the removal of the photo, in which locals have recognized him despite his face being blurred out.

He also wants about $13,300 in damages.

“Everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy,” his lawyer, Jean-Noel Bouillard, told Reuters. “In this particular case, it’s more amusing than serious. But if he’d been caught kissing a woman other than his wife, he would have had the same issue.”

Google’s Street View, covering some 30 countries and available in France since 2008, enables users of GoogleMaps to also view photos of streets taken by its camera cars, which have cameras hoisted on frames on their roofs.

The man thought he was hidden from view by his closed gate as he relieved himself in November 2010. But Google’s lens caught him from above his gate as it passed by. Bouillard did not explain why the man chose to urinate outside.

Read more: MSNBC


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