TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
NASCAR fans, who were duped into thinking they were watching a live race on FOX. To fill time during the lengthy six-plus hour rain delay of Sunday's Daytona 500, FOX re-aired last year's race. But despite the ticker at the bottom of the screen that informed viewers what was up, scores of NASCAR fans were tweeting about the race as if it were happening live. Last year's winner Jimmy Johnson received numerous congratulatory tweets from fans thinking he won again. The race was eventually won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. several hours later.
AND THEN THERE'S .....
Jonathan Dougan, 26, and Matthew Murphy, 23, two British men who were arrested after posting photos on Facebook of the cars they stole. The men posted nearly 50 photos of themselves posing with several stolen items, including cars, motorbikes and champagne. A Police source noticed the photos online and ultimately used them as evidence for an arrest warrant. They've since been incarcerated for nine years and four months each.
OR HOW 'BOUT .....
Michael Williams, 53, who was arrested at a South Carolina Applebees after trying to pay his tab with a trillion dollar bill when his credit card got declined. The manager called police after noticing the obviously fraudulent bill. Williams was let go for the counterfeit attempt but arrested on an unrelated charge of contempt.
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