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# oops - Thursday 20 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge Teens arrested for snorting human and dog ashes Oops

Teens arrested for snorting human and dog ashes

Three men arrested in Florida mistakenly thought ashes of man and two Great Danes were illegal drugs.

# oops - Thursday 16 December, 2010

From The Daily Edge Liz Hurley may face multi-million divorce payout Oops

Liz Hurley may face multi-million divorce payout

The actress and her husband did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before they married in 2007.

# oops - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Co-pilot sends plane into near-death plunge while trying to adjust his seat

His pilot colleague saves the day by jumping from the bathroom and halting nosedive of Indian passenger jet.

From The Daily Edge Someone forgot to tell Susan Boyle she was appearing live... Oops This post contains videos

Someone forgot to tell Susan Boyle she was appearing live...

Singer’s appearance on US TV show was interrupted when the singer attempted to start her performance again.

# oops - Thursday 25 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge North Korea finds unlikely, accidental ally... in Sarah Palin

North Korea finds unlikely, accidental ally... in Sarah Palin

The likely Republican candidate for the US presidency misspeaks on radio and says the US should side with its Northern allies.

# oops - Sunday 21 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge Bishop gives Kate and William's marriage 'seven years' Royal Engagement This post contains images

Bishop gives Kate and William's marriage 'seven years'

There has been an angry reception for the comments of a Church of England bishop who branded the couple “shallow celebrities”.

# oops - Thursday 18 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge Willow Palin defends her mother's TV show with homophobic slurs on Facebook

Willow Palin defends her mother's TV show with homophobic slurs on Facebook

Willow and Bristol Plain engage in a little trashtalk on Facebook… Bad idea.

# oops - Friday 12 November, 2010

Red faces (and red hair) at Dublin Zoo Oops This post contains images

Red faces (and red hair) at Dublin Zoo

Misguided “Orang utan Weekend” promotion appears to link red-haired children with the endangered species.

# oops - Thursday 11 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge Video: when demolition goes wrong Oops This post contains videos

Video: when demolition goes wrong

Tower in Ohio falls wrong way during planned demolition, causing terrified spectators to flee.

# oops - Monday 8 November, 2010

Google apologises for triggering invasion

Nicaraguan general used erroneous border line on Google Map as an excuse to cross into Costa Rica.

# oops - Monday 1 November, 2010

Ireland awakens… an hour late, thanks to iPhone glitch Oops This post contains videos

Ireland awakens… an hour late, thanks to iPhone glitch

You got an extra hour in bed yesterday… and if you have an iPhone, you may have stolen another one.

# oops - Friday 22 October, 2010

From The Daily Edge Clinton 'misplaced nuclear codes' Oops

Clinton 'misplaced nuclear codes'

New book claims former US President couldn’t recall where he left the codes at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

# oops - Tuesday 28 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Australia's Next Top Model announces winner, gets it wrong Oops This post contains videos

Australia's Next Top Model announces winner, gets it wrong

Live TV at its very worst: hostess Sarah Murdoch announces the winner, only to be told she’s been fed the wrong result…

# oops - Tuesday 21 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge UK police release lettuce-head image of suspect Oops

UK police release lettuce-head image of suspect

Man portrayed with crazy crop of green hair is suspected of burglary.

# oops - Tuesday 14 September, 2010

A BRITISH TEENAGER has been banned from ever entering the United States – because he sent an angry email to the White House. Luke Angel (17) wrote to Barack Obama expressing dissatisfaction with his government, but managed to include a barrage of foul and abusive language when doing so. Local police said his response was: “Oh dear, it was me.

# oops - Friday 10 September, 2010

Drunk diplomat speaks out: I never liked you Ban Ki-Moon Oops This post contains videos

Drunk diplomat speaks out: I never liked you Ban Ki-Moon

And he doesn’t like Americans either.

# oops - Thursday 12 August, 2010

“CONFUSIONISM” is the ancient Chinese system of philosophical teaching and Galileo discovered AIDS – at least that’s what some third-level students wrote in their exams.

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THE) has published its annual list of exam howlers and it makes for interesting reading.

The competition asks academics to send in their favourite exam cock-ups.

One student in the University of Dundee said “Vagina Henderson” was one of the first modern nurses in the 20th century – the woman’s name was actually Virginia.

A journalism student wrote a piece on “complimentary” medicine, rather than complementary medicine. Her lecturer saw the bright side, however, saying: “I quite liked the idea of picking up a pill and it saying nice things to you to make you feel better.

She also appreciated a fashion article that described the subject’s sense of style as very “sheikh”.

Another student said Polari – a coded language spoke by gay men to disguise their sexuality – was an ancient language of the Inuit, while another wrote about “anus” crime, before the lecturer realised they had meant “heinous” crime.

Finally, one student of Warwick Business School signed an email off with the line “I am sorry if this caused you any incontinence” – oops!

# oops - Friday 6 August, 2010

DAVID CAMERON made his latest diplomatic gaffe as he addressed a group of residents in the English town of Hove on Thursday.

Speaking on the topic of Turkish accession to the European Union, Cameron seemed to bluntly accuse Iran of possessing a nuclear weapon.

When outlining the benefits of Turkish EU accession, Cameron said Turkey would have “a very good political influence” on the UK and could help to “solve some of the world’s problems like the Middle East peace process and the fact that Iran has got a nuclear weapon.”

The blunder is the latest in a series of ill-received statements made by Cameron – leading some to say that, as the UK’s youngest Prime Minister in two centuries, he is beginning to show signs of his inexperience.

First, The British Prime Minister called his country the “junior partner” to the the USA, which ruffled a few domestic feathers. Then, speaking in Turkey a few days later he referred to Gaza a “a prison camp” – the timing and location for such a statement was condemned by those who felt it was exacerbating diplomatic strain between Turkey and Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara deaths.

Last week, Cameron caused a stir in Pakistan, when he seemed to imply that the country bred terrorism. He warned the Pakistan not to “tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror”.

The latest gaffe about Iran, a country at the centre of extremely sensitive diplomatic proceedings in relation to its nuclear programme, has been criticised as not only clumsy but as dangerous. It has led some commentators to question if Cameron is the new George W Bush of foreign policy blunders.

However, Cameron’s Downing Street Office said it was “perfectly clear” that the Prime Minister had been referencing to the pursuit of nuclear capabilities and that Cameron was simply speaking his mind.

# oops - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby took to Twitter last night to insist that rumours of his demise have – once again – been greatly exaggerated.

As ‘RIP Bill Cosby’ tweets spread around the internet like fires raging in a Russian forest, the 73-year-old was forced to issue a tweet of his own to show that he was very much alive and well.

Again, I’m rebuttaling rumors about my demise.

The comedian also appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live , where he told stand-in host Kyra Phillips how frustrating it is when people keep reporting your death prematurely.  Later that evening, he tweeted:

Emotional friends have called about this misinformation.

To the people behind the foolishness, I’m not sure you see how upsetting this is

# oops - Thursday 29 July, 2010

FRESH FROM quenching the fire that was the iPhone 4′s antenna problems, Steve Jobs has another bit of fire fighting to do.

Three customers are suing Apple in the US because they say the iPad is rendered “virtually unusable” in common conditions such as sunlight.

The costumers say direct sunlight can put the iPad out of use, as it causes the computer to shut down after only a few minutes.

The complaint filed on July 23 by Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning – at a federal court in Oakland, California makes multiple accusations against the computer giant.

The complainants say Apple used “misleading and deceptive advertising,” and that it breached business and consumer protection law. The trio also take issue with Apple’s claim that the iPad is “just like reading a book”. “Books do not close when a reader is enjoying them in sunlight,” they say.

PC Magazine editor Zach Honig put his iPad in the fridge in order to revive it when it cut out in hot weather.

Apple has yet to comment on the matter but the firm’s loyal supporters have, however come to its rescue, “I dont know any hardware that is a computing device that says operating in direct sunlight is approved,” said an Apple loyalist of the firm’s official Apple forum.

The iPad’s instruction booklet warns the device could stop working if it is used in temperatures above 95F (35C).

The iPad launched in Ireland last week and over three million iPads have been sold worldwide.

A Youtube user shows how the iPad shuts down after 12minutes in direct sunlight.

# oops - Tuesday 27 July, 2010

BANK OF IRELAND has apologised for sending some of its customers erroneous letters regarding their overdraft. A number of letters were sent out by BOI to overdrawn customers without decimal places, substantially increasing the amount concerned.

BOI apologised for the errors and said this was an isolated incident affecting certain customers. Correct letters, and apologies, will be now sent to the affected customers.

The bank is obliged to write to customers who have been overdrawn for over 30 days under the new Consumer Credit Regulations.

Last week, the bank said it was refunding €3 million to ATM customers who forgot to take the money from the machines after requesting a withdrawal.

The money was not automatically refunded to user’s accounts due to a flaw in the bank’s computer system.

# oops - Friday 23 July, 2010

1. BP’s CEO said he wanted his life back – after 11 people died on the rig

BP’s CEO Tony Hayward apologised for the “disruption” the oil spill had caused to the lives of people living along the Gulf coast. Then he explained that he wanted the whole thing over because, he said, “I’d like my life back.”

2. And then he went on holidays

Tony Hayward enjoyed some nice oil-free waters when taking part in a yacht race off the coast of southern England last month. A BP spokesperson said he was taking a break from overseeing BP’s efforts to stem the leak, before the leak was actually stemmed.

3. It got creative with photos of its clean-up efforts

BP released edited photos which seemed to show the hectic efforts being made in BP HQ to plug the leak. Turns out three of the screens in the crisis command centre were not actually running any video feeds at the time.

4. It turned the alarms off just before the accident

The alarm system on the Deepwater Horizon was partially shut down on the day the rig exploded, according to an electronics technician who worked on the rig. Speaking to an investigative panel in the US, the technician said that the company didn’t want a false alarm waking people up at night.

5. It got caught up in the Lockerbie bombing.

BP has been trying to dissociate itself from any suggestions that it influenced Scotland’s decision to release the Lockerbie bomber. The company admitted to lobbying the UK government over a Libya prisoner transfer deal, but said it did not specifically push for al-Megrahi’s release.

THE WHITE HOUSE has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn after it forced the sacking of a senior black agriculture official on the back of a heavily edited YouTube video.

The Obama administration had originally supported the decision of agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to force the resignation of Shirley Sherrod after the video – posted by a conservative blogger – caused outrage.

In the video, Sherrod – out of frustation at the treatment of black farmers in her state of Georgia - appears to admit looking unfavourably on the request of a white farmer for aid.

The video caused a significant stir – being picked up by the Fox News Channel – and resulted in Sherrod twice being called by Vilsack’s deputy while driving, and having to pull over on the road to send a resignation email by BlackBerry.

But the full video, when it was released hours later, showed that Sherrod’s story was actually a parable on racial tolerance and an explanation of why every poor person, regardless of ethnicity, deserved help.

Even the wife of the white farmer being helped by Sherrod said the Spooner family “probably wouldn’t have our farm today if it hadn’t been for her.”

The development led the White House to admit that the case needed to be looked at again – with Obama telling ABC News that Vilsack had “jumped the gun, partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on YouTube or a blog and everybody scrambles.”

Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs also conceded: “A disservice was done. An apology was owed. That’s what we’ve done.”

Sherrod has been offered an alternative job with the department of agriculture but has not, as yet, decided on whether to accept it. She also told NBC News she was considering suing Andrew Breitbart, the blogger who edited and posted the video.

# oops - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

HOT ON THE HEELS of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and allegations of striking a deal to free a convicted mass murderer, BP has managed to execute yet another spectacular PR blunder.

Amidst global conern about the millions of gallons of oil pumping in to the Gulf of Mexico, BP established a “Response in Pictures” page on its website, to prove to the public just how hard it’s been working to solve the problem.

Unfortunately for BP, its marketing department is about as good at Photoshop as its engineers are at plugging underwater oil wells.

On closer inspection of the photographs purportedly featuring the hectic efforts in BP HQ to plug the leak, a US blog picked up on the tell-tale signs of an amateur graphics editor at work.

When confronted by the Washington Post, BP issued a statement, explaining that the photographer working for the company had “pasted three ROV screen images in the original photo over three screens that were not running video feeds at the time.”

The statement didn’t elaborate on the reasons why three screens in the crisis command centre – that were supposed to be monitoring the largest oils spill in US history – were blank.

BP has since replaced the altered photo with the original.

# oops - Monday 19 July, 2010

SARAH PALIN’S already having trouble with Twitter, just imagine how things will be if the former Alaskan Govenor becomes US President.

Palin ran into a few difficulties yesterday as she attempted to tweet. Despite only having to type 140 characters, she made three attempts to tweet before posting an error-free entry to her 193,000 followers.

In her first effort, she asked “peaceful Muslims to “pls refudiate” the mosque. Refudiate? It seems Sarah Palin has been inventing words – George Bush style.

In her second attempt she used “refute” incorrectly, calling on “peaceful New Yorkers to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan”. Palin then removed both messages before settling on a third tweet “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real”

But Palin hasn’t shied away from the controversy later tweeting “Refudiate,” “misunderestimate,” “wee-wee’d up.” English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!

We look forward to further refudiations!

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