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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (343)

2011-10-28T07:00:05.703-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Monday, October 24; link good at time of posting):
A teenager, Toni Nicholson, has been evicted from her flat after holding all night vuvuzela parties.

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After a string of complaints from neighbours, her landlords Town and County Housing decided to take legal action to force the mum-of-one out after she repeatedly ignored requests to stop the wild parties.

Among the complaints from neighbours included party guests blowing vuvuzelas 'en masse', fighting in the stairwell, damaging property and throwing things of the first-floor balcony.

Errol Harris, a boss at Town and Country Housing, said his team had tried to persuade Miss Nicholson to stop her parties and be a 'good neighbour', but that the problems lasted more than one year.

He confirmed that a number of complaints had mentioned 'ear-splitting noise' from vuvuzelas and that the repossession of the flat was the 'only option' left after Miss Nicholson continually breached an injunction to stop the parties.

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Nicholson refused to comment about her eviction, but on her Facebook page she states: "I don't care if it's 4am - I don't consider it tomorrow until I wake up."
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (342)

2011-10-21T07:00:07.430-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Above the Law blog (from Tuesday, October 18; link good at time of posting):
[T]he whole sad experience of getting a legal education in America suddenly has a new mascot.

Today we have a flyer from a group of three 1Ls who want to hold “tryouts” for the other two members of their study group. We’ve seen this type of thing before — remember the study group at a top-ten law school that required a transcript? — but this latest application process takes things to another level.

This study group wants to charge people $20 for the opportunity to try out….

I really hope that after this flyer gets publicized, the 1Ls hastily put together some kind of “ha ha, we were only joking, aren’t we so clever” message or something. Because I can contemplate the tools that would put this together, but I’d never want to meet the psychos who would stand behind this after public scrutiny. Here’s the flyer:
They misspell the word “SUCCEED.”
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2011-10-14T07:00:01.759-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Monday, October 10; link good at time of posting):
The BBC has been criticised by deaf groups over "ludicrous" computer-generated subtitles which have labelled the Labour leader "Ed Miller Band" and announced "a moment's violence" for the Queen Mother.

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Deaf people have expressed their shock at being told a town was expecting a visit from the "Arch b**** of Canterbury" during one local BBC news broadcast.

In another embarrassing faux pas, a reporter visiting a farm spoke of how the pigs "love to nibble anything that comes into the shed, like our wellies."

Unfortunately the subtitles alongside the report changed the last word to to a rather childish homophone. After one viewer captured it on screen the error became an internet sensation.

During the Queen Mother's funeral, the solemn words "We'll now have a moment's silence for the Queen Mother" became "We'll now have a moment's violence for the Queen Mother" in one BBC broadcast.

The blunders have become so regular that a dedicated website has been set up by bemused viewers.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (340)

2011-10-07T08:03:13.915-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of NBC Washington (from Thursday, October 6; link good at time of posting):
Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based congregation infamous for picketing the burials of slain soldiers, said it will demonstrate at Apple founder Steve Jobs' funeral - and made the announcement using an iPhone.

Margie Phelps, daughter of pastor Fred Phelps, tweeted that the church will attend Jobs' so far unannounced funeral. Apparently unaware of the irony, Phelps used an iPhone to issue the Twitter message, reported Web pro News.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (339)

2011-09-30T07:00:00.577-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Thursday, September 29; link good at time of posting):
An MP's wife, Christine Hemming, accused of stealing a kitten from the home of her husband's long-term lover was captured on CCTV carrying the moggy away from the scene, a court heard.

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Prosecutors say the grainy image proves the spouse of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming leaving the home at 7.46pm with the animal in her left hand.

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Mrs Hemming, denies burgling Ms Cox's home and told jurors on Wednesday that she had "no recollection" of taking the kitten from the home of her husband's long – term lover.

The defendant... acknowledged that she did go to Ms Cox's house on the night the kitten, named Beauty, was last seen but claimed she ''had no intention'' of taking the animal.

She had been at the house to drop off post for her husband, the member for Yardley.

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"I don't recall taking the cat," she told the court. "I don't recall picking up the cat."

The case continues.
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2012-03-05T09:24:59.846-08:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of "Internet sales & marketing professional" Mark Davidson, who writes "deep thoughts" on Twitter (from Thursday, September 22; link good at time of posting):
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (337)

2011-09-16T07:00:11.435-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Tuesday, September 13; link good at time of posting):
South African holidaymakers searching for their hotel with "splendid views" of the pier in Eastbourne, Sussex, had one problem. They were 12,000 miles away in Eastbourne, New Zealand.

Michael and Sunette Adendorff thought something was wrong with their hire car's GPS as they drove around in circles in the Wellington suburb, looking for the £90-a-night Majestic Hotel on Royal Parade.

When they pulled into the local chemist's shop to ask directions, they were shocked to discover that Eastbourne (population 4,600), New Zealand, does not even have a hotel.

Shop assistant Linda Burke said: "They just walked in and asked me where Royal Parade was, with the Majestic Hotel.

"I said: Oh no, there's no hotel here.

"I looked at it and said: That's in the UK, that's in England.

"He checked on the internet and said he did think it was funny they charged him in pounds."
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (336)

2011-09-09T07:00:01.385-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Thursday, September 8; link good at time of posting):
[A] man clad in a full-figured Gumby costume has made a botched attempt to rob a 7-Eleven store in California, and authorities are looking for the suspect, police said on Wednesday.

It happened early on Monday when the man came into the San Diego store dressed as the green claymation figure, accompanied by an ordinarily dressed accomplice, San Diego Police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said.

The costumed man announced he was robbing the store, but the clerk thought it was a joke, police said.

"Gumby said, 'You don't think it's a robbery? Let me show you my gun,'" Hassen said.

The suspect then tried to reach into his Gumby outfit but experienced a "costume malfunction" and could not fit his hand in a pocket, he said.

Instead of a gun, the costumed suspect pulled out 26 cents in change which he dropped on the floor, police said.

The accomplice, who had left the store and gotten into a minivan, honked at the man dressed as Gumby. He, too, walked out of the store without managing to take any money, police said. Both men left in the minivan.

After their getaway, the store clerk was still not certain an attempted robbery had occurred and did not call police. The store manager, who arrived later that morning, reported the incident.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (335)

2011-09-08T14:20:35.771-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Sunday, August 28; link good at time of posting):
It is the ultimate storm in a teacup. Earl Grey drinkers are rising in revolt against a producer that has dared to change the flavour of the popular hot drink. .... The unlikely rebellion was sparked when Twinings relaunched its Earl Grey. The company was so confident it would triumph by adding "a dash of lemon and a touch more bergamot" that its website proclaimed: "Even the Earl himself couldn't have imagined how wonderful his favourite tea could taste. Do you think it's our best ever?" They didn't - in fact they decided it wasn't their cup of tea, and they weren't happy. Among the almost universally damning, but elegant responses now appearing on the Twinings website are remarks including "horrid", "positively unpleasant" and "vile - like lemon cleaning product." "New," concluded one, "Yes. Improved? Certainly not." A Facebook page was launched, demanding: "Bring back the original Twinings Earl Grey tea." As anger and desperation mounted, one lady, 30 years an Earl Grey drinker, even went so far as to suggest: "I'd rather drink PG Tips." Tea drinkers compared the affair to the 1985 'New Coke' debacle, when Coca-Cola changed the flavour for its flagship product, provoking public nationwide outrage in the US and a swift decision to reintroduce the old formula.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (334)

2011-08-26T07:00:11.133-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Tuesday, August 23; link good at time of posting):
By his own admission, the Mastermind appearance was not Simon Curtis’s finest hour.

He notched up the BBC quiz show’s worst specialist subject score when he gave only one correct answer out of a possible 25 on the films of the actor Jim Carrey.

But yesterday Mr Curtis was dealt another blow to his pride when Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, ruled that his performance merited the description “astoundingly thick”. Mr Curtis had complained to Ofcom about a Channel 4 programme, Awfully Good TV, which featured clips of excruciating failures on quiz shows. David Walliams, the comedian, provided a commentary.

Introducing the clip of Mr Curtis’s appearance on Mastermind in 2006, Walliams said: “Sometimes in life, you have to know your limitations. If you’re not, let’s say, very bright, it’s probably not a good idea to go on a quiz show that tests your mental agility. And by 'not very bright’ I mean astoundingly thick.”

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Last night Mr Curtis expressed his disappointment at the ruling.

He said: "Channel 4 and David Walliams have never met me and don't know anything about me, yet they called me astoundingly thick on national television. To me, that denotes general intelligence. How can you say that on the basis of one bad quiz show performance?

"I've never minded sending myself up but it never goes away - I'm still remembered as the bloke who only won one point on his specialist subject."
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (333)

2011-08-19T07:00:03.214-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Wednesday, August 17; link good at time of posting):
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann offered a "happy birthday" message to the late singer Elvis Presley on Monday, even though August 16 is the anniversary of his death in 1977.

"Happy Birthday, Elvis!" Bachmann shouted from the stage at a campaign stop....

After her stump speech, the congresswoman from Minnesota told a group of reporters that she was happy to be in South Carolina "on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death."

"He's still alive. He's alive in our hearts," Bachmann said.

Later, a campaign organizer who did not want to be identified said with a wink: "You celebrate Elvis because he never died."
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (332)

2011-08-12T07:00:07.999-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Associated Press (from Tuesday, August 9; link good at time of posting):
A suburban Phoenix man is recovering after police say he accidentally shot himself in the penis while putting his girlfriend's gun in the waistband of his pants.

Chandler police say 27-year-old Joshua Seto and his fiancee, Cara Christopher, were walking toward a grocery store when the shooting happened last week. The gun fired, striking Seto's penis and continuing through his left thigh.

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In the wake of the shooting, [Chandler Police Detective Seth] Tyler warned residents to use holsters, not waistbands, if they're going to carry a handgun.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (331)

2011-08-05T07:00:13.115-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of NBCPhiladelphia.com (from Monday, August 1; link good at time of posting):
Mayor Bob Ryan of Sheboygan, a town of about 51,000 people 50 miles north of Milwaukee, apologized for a wild, boozy weekend in which he passed out in a local tavern. But he said his alcoholism doesn't affect his job performance and said he would not resign, despite a unanimous vote by a city council committee, according to Reuters.

"Did I pass out on a bar? Yes I did. I'll admit that. Was I in a scuffle? Yes. Did I start it? No, I did not," he told a local radio station, WHBL.

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Although he's a self-confessed alcoholic, Ryan said he's still a good mayor.

"Alcohol has affected my personal life greatly," Ryan said. "I have never walked into a city meeting or council meeting under the influence of alcohol."

Ryan said he would continue to get treatment, but this isn't the first scandal he's been hit with. A YouTube video showed Ryan making sexual comments about a relative in a phone call and faces sexual harassment accusations from a female employee he fired, according to WTMJ.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (330)

2011-07-29T07:00:05.843-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of USA Today (from Thursday, July 28; link good at time of posting):
From jail, a Florida county inmate used a glitch in the phone system to pad his inmate trust account with refunds and finance his bail, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Larry Stone, 32, discovered the quirk when his first call from the Lake County jail for about $20 didn't go through but showed up twice in the trust account as a refund, the newspaper's Arelis R. Hernández writes.

Stone, who was arrested in April on property-crime charges, spent the next four hours making 77 local, long-distance and international calls until he had piled up more than $1,250 -- enough to bond out of jail, according to a sheriff's office investigation.

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Stone faces additional charges of scheming with intent to defraud and grand theft, the Sentinel says.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (329)

2011-07-22T07:00:11.874-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of USA Today (from Wednesday, July 21; link good at time of posting):
A man leaving a hearing on a charge of carrying an open alcohol container in El Monte, Calif., was arrested minutes later for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside the courthouse, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police were alerted by a postal worker who said Hector Pineda, 54, had allegedly destroyed a wrought-iron fence to remove the locked bike.

Initially, the newspaper says, Pineda argued that he owned the bicycle and had forgotten his key. But he was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and petty theft after a Covina resident showed up to identify the bike.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schedenfreude! (328)

2011-07-15T07:00:02.078-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Sunday, July 10; link good at time of posting):
Departing staff at the News of the World appear to have sent a parting message of disgust to former editor Rebekah Brooks in the crossword of the paper's final edition.

Despite orders allegedly given from the top of News International to ensure to "ensure there were no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive", staff appear to have found a way of mocking Mrs Brooks one last time.

Among the clues in the paper's Quickie puzzle were: "Brook", "stink", "catastrope" and "digital protection".

The clues for the Cryptic Crossword seemed to cut even closer to the bone, with examples including: "criminal enterprise", "mix in prison", "string of recordings" and "will fear new security measure".

The clue for 24 Across - which reads "Woman stares wildly at calamity" - is thought to be a reference to a photograph of Mrs Brooks staring furiously from the window of a car as she left News International's Wapping headquarters following the announcement the News of the World was to be shut down.

The answer to the clue is not one she would appreciate: "disaster".

Other answers included: "stench", "racket" and "tart".

A source at the News of the World told the Daily Mail that Mrs Brooks had ordered two loyal Sun journalists to comb the papers looking for tricks.

They said: "Rebekah tried everything to stop the staff having the last word and she utterly failed.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (327)

2011-07-08T07:00:08.181-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of BBC News (from Thursday, July 7; link good at time of posting):
This Sunday's issue of the News of the World will be the last edition of the paper, News International chairman James Murdoch has said.

In the past few days, claims have been made that the paper authorised hacking into the mobile phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of 7/7 bombing victims.

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The News of the World is the UK's biggest selling newspaper and has been in circulation for 168 years.

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In a statement made to staff, Mr Murdoch said the good things the News of the World does "have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong - indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company".

"The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself."

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"Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued.

"As a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter.

"We now have voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences. This was not the only fault.

"The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.

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He reiterated that the company was fully co-operating with the two ongoing police investigations.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (326)

2011-07-01T07:00:02.207-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Telegraph (from Wednesday, June 29; link good at time of posting):
Eve Watson, 55, and her six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cane, took on the intruder after he jumped over the counter with a Stanley knife demanding money from the till.

The shop owner fought back by grabbing a nearby craft knife, telling the robber, "so you like to play with knives, do you".

Mrs Watson then grappled with the robber and managed to pull down his hood, exposing his face to the CCTV cameras in the shop.

Her dog then joined in, biting the man between his legs before the intruder fled the shop empty-handed.

Mrs Watson, who lives above the Bargain Booze shop in Torquay, Devon, with her husband, said: "There was no way I was giving in without a fight.

”I’ve worked hard for that money so why should I just give it up because some coward walks in with a knife?
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (325)... The Sequel!

2011-06-29T07:52:36.857-07:00

This week's bonus joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Thursday, June 23; link good at time of posting):
A player in Melbourne who was left in agony after the ball struck his groin was sent off when the referee spotted he had an intimate piercing.

Aaron Eccleston, playing for Old Hill Wanderers against Swinburne University reserves, was shown a second yellow card for the offence in the first half of the match.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the incident happened while Eccleston was sprawling on the grass in pain. According to an opponent, when the player instinctively lowered his shorts to "check that it was still there", the referee spotted the piercing – and when Eccleston refused to remove it, he was dismissed.

The laws of the game forbid players from wearing items, including jewellery, that are "dangerous to himself or another player".

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"He subsequently received two yellow cards, firstly for re-entering the field of play without the referee's permission, and secondly for privacy reasons being unable to prove that he had removed the piercing."
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2011-06-24T07:00:08.846-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Consumerist.com (from Wednesday, June 22; link good at time of posting):
While Southwest Airlines might be tops in customer satisfaction, at least one of its pilots is dissatisfied with his employer's lack of sexy stewardesses. And now that pilot has been suspended after his profanity-filled rant on the topic was broadcast from the cockpit.

Talking to his co-pilot, the pilot launched into a rant about the slim pickings during his nights out with the flight crew in Chicago.

"Eleven f***ing over the top homosexuals f***ing a** f***ing homosexuals and a granny," the pilot complained in a rant that was inadvertently broadcast to air traffic controllers in Houston and others in the area. "Eleven! I mean, think of the odds of that!"

"I thought I was in Chicago, which is party land," he continues. "After that, it was a just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes."

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The incident occurred back in March. A rep for Southwest says the pilot had been suspended but was reinstated after taking some diversity training....
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2011-06-17T07:00:00.927-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of the Associated Press (from Tuesday, June 14; link good at time of posting):
An online action figure company has jumped on the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal bandwagon with a doll of the New York congressman in two versions: censored and uncensored.

HeroBuilders.com of Oxford, Conn., is offering the "standard" doll for $39.95 and the anatomically correct "for adults only" version for an extra $10.

Both are dressed in a gym shirt and shorts with a label that reads "Tweet This."
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2011-06-10T07:00:16.884-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of examiner.com (from Saturday, June 4; link good at time of posting):
A man in Delmar, MD was arrested after speaking loudly enough on his phone for other motel guests to hear that authorities had an open arrest warrant on him.

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According to police, guests there heard a man shouting during a phone conversation that there was a warrant for his arrest. Good citizens that they were, they called the police.

In fact, Richard R. Vermalyea, 32, of Rehoboth Beach, DE, had not one, but two open warrants in Cecil County, MD. One was for failure to appear in a theft case, and the other was for a probation violation.
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TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (322)

2011-06-03T07:00:17.779-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Wednesday, June 1; link good at time of posting):
Italy foiled an attempt by North Korea to import tap-dancing shoes in breach of a U.N. ban on the sale of luxury goods to Pyongyang, according to a U.N. report on the enforcement of sanctions against the North.

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"In December 2010, a shipment of high-quality tap-dancing shoes was blocked at Orio al Serio Airport (Milan)," said the report by the so-called U.N. Panel of Experts, which monitors compliance with U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

A U.N. diplomat told Reuters on Tuesday that the seized shipment involved several dozen pairs of tap-dancing shoes. He said that it was not clear how the tap shoes might fit into North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's lavish lifestyle, which includes grandiose stage performances by North Korean performers.
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Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (321)

2011-05-27T07:00:12.090-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Inquisitr (from Monday, May 23; link good at time of posting):
Robert Spearing and his wife traveled from Canada to Chicago where they hoped to watch the final taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show, when the couple arrived in Chicago Robert was not able to obtain the tickets and concocted a mugging story to his wife to cover up his actions.

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The 44-Year-old Canadian who eventually confessed to his actions now faces a felony charge for filing a fake police report and must appear in court next Tuesday.
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2011-05-20T07:00:04.801-07:00

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Ars Technica (from Wednesday, May 18; link good at time of posting):
Just two days after the PlayStation Network was restored after a near month-long outage, the PSN password page has apparently been exploited. According to reports, the exploit allows other users to reset your account password using only your e-mail address and date of birth. This personal data was made available to hackers during the initial PSN attack.

The issue was first reported by Nyleveia, which was contacted by an unnamed source who reportedly performed the hack on a dummy account, prompting an e-mail message confirming that the password had been changed. Similar reports on gaming forum NeoGAF show an identical situation, in which the user provided the necessary information only to receive two subsequent e-mails: one claiming that someone was attempting to change the account's password and requesting the user click on a confirmation link, and another confirming that the password had been changed.

"I never clicked the confirmation link," the user wrote. "So yeah... my password was successfully changed by someone else."
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