The 10 goofiest true stories of the year…
Don’t tell anybody, but this was a pretty easy year for me.
Even though I write for a Serious News Organization, as a humor blogger I’m allowed to invent strange stuff because I don’t fool anybody, and it’s cheaper than giving me a travel budget.
But in 2010 I was blessed with so many great and goofy TRUE stories, I hardly had to use my imagination at all.
What a Goof-a-Ganza it was! How can you top wacky ideas like installing a toilet timer so workers have only 10 minutes to do their business? Or the genius who tried to smuggle 28 TONS of garlic?
And how about a serious and venerable history magazine changing its name to avoid a nasty sexual connotation, or the tourists who said they were FORCED to shop?
With difficulty, I have chosen the top 10 goofiest stories of 2010. All 10 of them are guaranteed Gooftastic, but I must say my favorite – and remember, this is true stuff – is the one about hunters in Italy who went out at night, without lights, to protect their super-secret troves of bounty, only to slide off of cliffs and die in the darkness in large numbers.
Oh. Did I mention they were hunting mushrooms? That’s just the kind of year it was.
Top: Melvyn Koh (C) tries out Italian company Aviointeriors’ new aircraft ‘standing seat’ which has 23 inches of leg room, instead of the current economy class average of 30 inches, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, California, September 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Left: A Marine from the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, uses a temporary built-up toilet in camp Sharwali, in Marjah district, Helmand Province, March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Right: Cover of “The Beaver.”