Sometimes, a person will say or do something which is so ridiculous, it can’t help but invite a visceral reaction. This is self-inflicted ridicule. As I am want to do each week, here are a few examples of self-inflicted ridicule, starting with comments from a woman who claims to own The Sun and is suing eBay for preventing her from collecting money from having sold “plots” of plasma on eBay (with a little help from Google Translate):
“For a few years I’m the owner of the sun, if an American Could take ownership of the moon I did the sun and legally substantiate and Implement the agreement That is the United Nations …There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law.”
She claims she’s taking advantage of a legal loophole by which treaties forbid countries from taking ownership of non-earthly property, yet there are no restrictions for individuals to make those kinds of claims. The sad thing is that she might actually win the case.
On to Malaysia, where a tribal chief claims that Western tourists who were arrested for stripping naked on top of a mountain have ‘upset the gods’ and are responsible for causing an earthquake which killed 18 climbers on the mountain a few days later. In his own words:
“The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving sogit (a fine). This should be in the form of ten male or female buffalo”.
I suppose this is the latest example of Boobquake.
Finally, there is an annual Scottish UFO and Paranormal Conference (It’s Crap!) Paranormal “expert” Malcolm Rodgers gave a presentation about a picture taken in 1972 of a boy. The quality of the picture is terrible, and as such, people see whatever they want to see in there, especially when you can weave it in with a ghost story about a dead child. According to Mr. Rodgers:
“This image of the boy is fascinating. We did some digging around it and discovered a little boy had been murdered in the area some 15 years previously and wonder if it could be his spirit face.”
Mr. Rodgers is also hosting a talk on “communicating with aliens.” Perhaps we will read about him (and his penchant for ridiculous comments) here next week as well.