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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Oct 02, 2012 -- 9:25am

 

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    Iran's Fars News Agency, which took an article posted on The Onion's website and reported it as fact. The Onion is a well-known parody web site that makes up fake and satirical news, which is fairly obvious with its ridiculous headlines and campy, sarcastic writing. The Iranian news source, however, somehow failed to see any of these telltale signs of comedy, and reported a fake, Onion story as truth. The Onion had posted a (fake) Gallup poll which found that rural white Americans prefer Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Barack Obama. Iran's Fars News Agency not only believed it, but apparently plagiarized the story without referencing or crediting the original source.

AND THEN THERE'S .....
    Robbie Lee Wilkerson, 38, who learned that, if you're calling police to report a robbery, at least hide your pot first. The Florida man called police and reported that someone had stolen his $3,000 ATV. A deputy responded and went into his backyard to investigate, where he noticed two cannabis plants on Wilkerson's back porch. Wilkerson was charged with cultivation of marijuana. His four-wheeler is still missing.

OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    Maria Pestrikoff, who was texting while walking and fell 60 feet down a cliff in Alaska. While texting on her phone, Pestrikoff walked to the edge of a cliff to toss a cigarette butt over and ended up slipping off the edge. She fell 60 feet and landed on some rocks. Rescuers using ropes had to act quickly because the cold tide was just 10 feet from her. The woman suffered multiple injuries but was stabilized, placed in a stretcher and airlifted to an Anchorage hospital. No word on the condition of the phone.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    Florida woman Danielle Edwards, 24, who made the mistake of abusing the 911 system while in the back of a police car. Edwards called 911 three times asking police to pick her up, drive her home to get clothes and then to a shelter for battered women. After the calls, a deputy gave her a lift. But while she was in the back seat of the patrol car, she made yet another 911 call asking the dispatcher for her boyfriend's whereabouts. The officer then stopped, got her out and arrested her for abusing the 911 system.

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