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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Yes, some people really are that stupid

Occasionally, I stumble upon a news item that causes me grave concern for the future of our species. This is one of those stories. In Miami, a 76-year old man has been arrested for passing himself off as a doctor -- by going door to door offering free breast exams. Allow me to pause for a moment to let that sink in.

Dum-de-dum, la de da....

OK. Yes, that's right, this guy was going door-to-door offering free breast exams, and at least two (possibly more) women actually took him up on it. From the article:
One woman became suspicious after the man asked her to remove all her clothes and began conducting a purported genital exam without donning rubber gloves, investigators said. The woman then phoned the Broward County Sheriff's Office, and the suspect fled.
For the men in the audience who are laughing so hard right now that they may not be able to fully comprehend this, imagine the following scenario: a stranger carrying a black bag shows up at your door claiming to be from the local hospital. He says, "Hey, it's your lucky day, Mack. I'm offering free circumcisions today." He then proceeds to take out a dull pocket knife, a used handkerchief, and a bottle of Listerine.

You say, "Sure, no problem," and drop your drawers.

Actually, this ploy was used in a funny and effective video for Breast Cancer awareness, but to think that anyone would be dumb enough to actually do this simply restores one's faith in the innate stupidity of mankind.

Some of the more cynical among us never lost it in the first place.


  • At 4/27/2006 01:20:00 AM, Blogger Jim said…

    funny post

    truly one of the great comic photos!

    Thanks! And also thanks for the tip on how to edit comments. Since I use Firefox, I installed the Greasemonkey script, and as you can see it seems to be working fine.

  • At 4/28/2006 01:13:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Toast said…

    What's especially funny to me in the photo is the realization of exactly how much effort the guy went to in order to make that prop. The careful lining of the box with tinfoil. The precise alignment of the text. The anatomically-correct cutouts. Like he actually expected he would do better with this rig than if he just simply stood out there with a hand-lettered sign around his neck reading "show me your tits".


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