Feeds

US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

Vulture Central honours trigger-happy Kitsap

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

We recently promised to name Washington's Kitsap County 'an area of outstanding natural stupidity' (AOONS) if it could reach a critical mass of firearms-related idiocy.

The Vulture Central critical mass required for an AOONS is three jaw-dropping tales of Darwin Award-worthy madness, and we're delighted to report that Kitsap has truly made the grade. Back in 2007, an unnamed 66-year-old from Southworth was repairing a Lincoln Continental, and decided the best way to remove a stubborn wheelnut was with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Blasting the intractable nut "from arm's length", he was "peppered with ricocheting buckshot and debris". Cue a visit to Tacoma General Hospital with "severe but not life-threatening injuries".

Earlier this month, Kitsap took one step closer to glory when the owner of a car-wrecking yard in Bainbridge Island blew up $80,000 of fireworks he was storing for Fourth of July celebrations.

An early-morning test of a new rifle proved ill-advised, when a ricochet flew off a scrapped car, penetrated a container packed with the incendiaries, and set off "the greatest fireworks show you ever would have wanted to not see".

Well, it didn't take long for reader Joseph Dougherty to provide the final piece of evidence needed for Kitsap's elevation to glory. Try this sad report on the nine-year-old lad who accidently shot his eight-year-old female classmate.

The gun apparently "discharged from the boy's backpack" at school. His parents are separated, and he allegedly "got the gun from his mother's boyfriend when he was visiting her".

Obviously, we're not suggesting the poor nipper himself is responsible for Kitsap's AOONS classification. That honour should go to his mum, for her outstanding parenting skills. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE
Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay
Stump up via tat bazaar, do a good thing for ill kids
Check your Clungene, Irish women warned
Have a quick shufti, you may not be pregnant after all
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.