Thursday, July 26, 2007

Big, odd and useless projects that failed

From the "What Were They Thinking?" department is Mental Floss' stunning top five projects that failed:

My favorite? The misguided attempt to dam Idaho's Snake River.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Phillies Suffer 10,000th Defeat

Tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies organization suffered the 10,000th loss in its 125 year history, losing 10-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Fittingly, the outcome of the game was never really in doubt, as the Cardinals hit six home runs and generally dominated the Phillies.

Coincidentally, the game was scheduled for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, and as a result it was televised nationally. Throughout the contest the ESPN announcers talked about losing; even the trivia question focused on defeat, asking, "Which Phillies player has participated in the most Phillies losses?" The answer: Mike Schmidt (who was involved in 1,140 Phillies defeats). One fan even held up a placard that read, "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Edison."

To find out how Phillies fans plan to "celebrate" the 10,000th defeat read "Loss Leaders."

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Bush says Democrats are failing

Earlier today, during his weekly radio address, President Bush said, "Democrats are failing in their responsiblity to make tough decisions and spend the people's money wisely." Well, if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black. Specifically, Bush was referring to the death of the recent immigration bill. Never mind the fact that the primary reason the immigration overhaul failed was due to opposition from members of his own party.

Of course, Bush uses this tactic all the time, pointing the finger at others (or attempting to liken his efforts to especially noble past endeavors) in an effort to divert attention from his administration's own failures. Hopefully, the American people have learned to see through Bush's diversionary tactics, but sometimes I'm not so sure.