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Nordstrom denies liking ‘Dick’ DS tweet

Now that every brand is also a publisher, we can cock a glance at the twitter account of Nordstrom. Who they? Well, according to the company’s website, they are visionaries with “an incredible eye for what’s next in fashion”, possessed of a “passionate drive to exceed expectations”. They’ve been in business for around 100 years. And they’ve now confirmed that they did NOT “like” a tweet that said the “DS” in the computer game system “Nintendo DS” stood for “Dick Suck.”


Nordstrom denies liking 'Dick' DS tweet


“The DS in Nintendo DS stands for Dick Suck,” said Nick Wiger. “The idea was, playing it was as fun as gettin your dick sucked. 3DS, as fun as 3 dick sucks.”

That was followed by someone operating under the name ‘KatieMetzi’, who offered: “Um, this appeared in my feed because @Nordstrom liked it?”

“Sorry for the confusion, Katie,” Nordstrom fired back. “We can confirm we have not liked this tweet.”



These are heady times for big brands on twitter, where reputations can can trashed in a trice. Why do they bother?

Posted: 19th, March 2018 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

FA Cup fail: BBC announce Manchester United to play Chelsea and Spurs

And to the live draw for the FA Cup semi-final. Lynsey Hipgrave is the designated BBC blonde sports presenter tasked with announcing the matches. The balls are pulled from U-bend beneath the FA Cup plug hole by Gianfranco Zola and Petr Cech.

The numbers in the hat are – and if anyone knows the method behind the numbering, do tell:

1 – Tottenham
2 – Manchester United
3 – Chelsea
4 – Southampton

They come out in order: 2, 1, 3, 4.

It’s Manchester United v Tottenham. It’s Chelsea v Southampton. Or as Hipgrave puts it: it’s Spurs v Southampton. It’s Man United v Chelsea.



You had one job.

Posted: 18th, March 2018 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, News, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Snapchat invites users to think about assaulting Rihanna

Snapchat wants to know if its users would prefer to “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown”. There’s no option ‘c’, but if there were it would most likely be: do we know which marketing boffin thought it wise to turn criminal assault into larks? You’ll no doubt recall that in 2009 Chris Brown used his fists to put his then lover Rihanna in hospital. Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Nine years laster, and domestic abuse is rebranded as a leisure activity.


rihanna slap


Snap, the company that operates Snapchat, tells the BBC that the poll was published “in error”.

“The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines,” says Snap. “We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware.”



Rihanna used her Instagram account to respsond:

Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV [Domestic Violence] victims and made a joke of it!!!! This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children, and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet….you let us down!  Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.

And just like that Snap’s stock tumbled 4%.


Posted: 16th, March 2018 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Epic fail: resting Guardian editor mistaken gets Samuel L Jackson comeback

When Peter Preston, a former editor of the Guardian, died earlier this week, his old paper paid tribute to the man who led between 1975 and 1995.

Janice Turner, Preston’s daughter-in-law, and a Times columnist, read the Guardian’s obituary to the great man. She was moved to tweet:

Strange error in The Guardian’s obit of Peter Preston which would have amused him. He did not write the action movie 51st State starring Samuel L Jackson but a novel of the same name which predicted Britain would leave the EU.

peter preston fail 51st state


Not so strange. The BBC made just that error, noting:

His wrote the book 51st State, which was later adapted into a film starring Samuel L Jackson.


peter preston 51st state


The Herald Scotland told its readers

He also penned novels including Bess and 51st State, the latter of which was made into a film starring Samuel L Jackson.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 8th, January 2018 | In: Broadsheets, News | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Mail reported Mugabe’s demise 2 days before he went

As Robert Mugabe spends time with his money, it’s worth noting how the Mail knew he was going well before anyone else. On November 19 at 5:08 pm, the Mail thundered: “Robert Mugabe STEPS DOWN to end 37 years in power.” The was wrong, of course, Mugabe resigned two days later.

robert mugabe daily mail


How did the Mail know? And what were those people celebrating – Mugabe’s staying and going? The Mail’s Facebook page published this update:


robert mugabe daily mail error


Follow the link and the Mail story now reads: “Robert Mugabe now faces impeachment after REFUSING to resign”. Indeed, the paper’s Twitter link is confused. Having stated that Mugabe was gone, the updated teaser was picked up and tells readers: “Robert Mugabe REFUSES to step down.”



Such are the facts.


Posted: 2nd, December 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Roy Moore accused of molesting shellfish

sex Clams headline


Big news from Alabama, where the Republican Party is embroiled in a “sex clams” scandal involving local politician and judge Roy Moore. Moore’s campaign for the US Sensate is infected by allegations that he molested 14-year-old Leigh Corfman (now 53) and three other teens when he was in his thirties.

“This is one of those excruciating decision moments for evangelicals,” Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “These allegations, if true, are devastating. If true, this is a very big deal.”

If true. Moore denies any wrongdoing. Corfman stands by her story. The clams are not talking.

The Times Daily regrets the error.



Posted: 13th, November 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Donald Trump discovers ‘Nambia’ where Namibia used to be

Donald Trump is in Africa. He’s meeting with the leading of ‘Nambia’.

Presidential? Very. In Nambia, do they speak Austrian?

Posted: 21st, September 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Fans booted out of Boston’s Fenway Park for waving accidentally racist banner

Hard luck on the four fans expelled from Boston’s Fenway Park during a baseball game yesterday after waving a banner carrying the legend: “Racism Is As American As Baseball.” Ambiguous much? One of the banned banners tells us:

“There were originally about eight people involved who had this idea, and those eight people come from various organizing groups in the Boston area. Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes. And the banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway. But overall, we saw, we see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city. It has been for a long time, and that no white people can avoid the history of racism, essentially. So we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that.”

Here’s the banner:


RAcism is as american as baseball


The Boston Red Sox make a statement:

“During the fourth inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park.”

Spotter: Bleacher Report


Posted: 15th, September 2017 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tick used illustrate dangers of fatal disease escapes at press conference

To Japan’s Miyazaki Prefectural Government, where the local experts have called a press conference. The aim is to alert everyone to the threat of thrombocytopenia syndrome, a potentially fatal disease carried by ticks. It;s not all tell because the experts have brought along a parasitic tick. If you see one to these critter, be alarmed. And then it escaped.

The Japan Times has more:

“We should have been more careful about safety management as the prefecture is in a position to alert its people,” Miyazaki Gov. Shunji Kono said at a regular news conference Tuesday…

The officials and reporters looked for the missing tick in vain. The officials sprayed insecticide in the room and disinfected the room that night, they said.

No need. One of the politicos can just lie on the floor and wait. The tick will shot itself soon enough.


Posted: 13th, September 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Car crash opening to BBC World News (Video)

BBC World News has broadcasts a novel new intro.


Spotter: Andy Roberts

Posted: 9th, September 2017 | In: TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

How to fire a freelancer

globe and mail freelancers sacking


The Globe and Mail has canned “a number of” freelance columnists, including Tabatha Southey and Leah McLaren. The paper’s editor-in-chief, David Walmsley, thought it decent to sack them by form email.

Dear [Name]

I wanted to write you to let you know the results of a review The Globe and Mail has undertaken with respect to our freelance footprint. As a result I am sorry to tell you we will no longer be taking your submissions on a regular basis.

You are one of a number of freelancers affected. The review considered overall gaps and strengths in our current and future coverage plans and overall budget priorities.

I would like to thank you for the great work you have done for us over the years and wish you a continued bright future with your pen and pixels, wherever they take you.


In a reply to Walmsley, McLaren wrote back:

Dear David,

I wanted to write you to let you know the results of a review I have personally undertaken with respect to our How Not To Fire Someone After Seventeen Years of Writing a Column.

You are one of a number of managers affected. The review considered overall gaps and strengths in inexcusable management style, appalling jargon-filled memospeak and a complete lack of human empathy.

I would like to thank you for the great work you have done over the years in this regard and wish you a continued bright future in trying get some sleep at night.


Spotter: , Canadaland

Posted: 7th, September 2017 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

TV new anchor didn’t change her shirt before broadcast

On the Bangalore local TV, news anchor  Kannada is wearing a terrific T-shirt.

shut the fuck up t-shirt



Spotter: Petty86

Posted: 27th, August 2017 | In: Fashion, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Whoops Apocalypse! Guam radio broadcasts nuclear missile warning in error

North Korea has missiles trained on Guam, an American territory. Will mad Kim Jong-un shoot? KTWG and KSTO radio stations say he already has shot, broadcasting an emergency alert to listeners. But there was no incoming missile. It was an error.


Guam locals have been issued with leaflets telling them “What to do in case of nuclear attack”. One  tip: “Do not look at the flash or fireball – It can blind you.” Tip 2: “Take cover behind anything that might offer protection.” Adhere to tips one and two and then: “When possible, take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination.”

After armageddon, good to know en-suite bathrooms survive. Oh, and best to take just one bottle into the show: “Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair.” Should you have any left.

Don’t panic!

Posted: 15th, August 2017 | In: News, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Children’s book confuses readers with 5 bananas graphic

fail 5 bananas book


“I imagine a child learning to count from this book and then just being incredibly confused for the rest of their life,” writes GooseHerder on Reddit.


Posted: 10th, August 2017 | In: Books, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Manchester United sign Stormzy and Lukaku plays Dublin’s Longitude festival

stormzy lukaku


Manchester United didn’t sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton. As Ireland’s Evening Herald newspaper reports, those fools at Old Trafford signed Stormzy in error.

Says the paper’s editor Herald Alan Steenson of its scoop:

Hands up, we got it badly wrong. Earlier, we made an error with a picture of Romelu Lukaku that wasn’t him. It was Stormzy.To be honest, we are totally embarrassed and want to say sorry to all involved and our readers for the error. We will keep our eye on the ball in future.

Lukaku is playing the Longitude festival in Dublin on Friday.

Posted: 10th, July 2017 | In: Celebrities, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Vermont maple syrups takes like urine? The advert says it does

Vermont maple syrup takes of…


vermont maple syrup


Spotter: OneBakingPanda

Posted: 29th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Roger Moore cancer scoop that wasn’t

Sir Roger Moore was a top bloke. The Express has a story on the actor most famous for playing James Bond with such aplomb:


daily express roger moore


daily express roger moore



A scoop, then. Or not:


daily express roger moore


Apart from that it was all true.


Spotter: @PointlessLetters 


Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

GE17: who wants to see Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘money shot’?

As Cuck Norris tweets:When phrases enter the language and you use them, but you have no idea of their meaning or derivation: a short treatise.”  has treated Twitter users to Jeremy Corbyn’s “Money shot”.


jeremy corbyn money shot labour GE17 fail


Collins dictionary defines ‘money shot’: “a shot in a pornographic film in which a male performer is seen to ejaculate.”

Spotter: Cuck Norris 

Posted: 7th, June 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tory MP tweets: ‘Vote Conservative for strong and stable leadershit’

James Conwyn MP, Conservative Candidate for Earlingford Abbey, tweets:

Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

After London Bridge: MSNBC puts terror attack at the Vauxhall car factory in Luton

In the unseemly haste to be first with the ‘breaking news’, MSNBC says the terror attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough market took place in… Luton. There was an incident in Vauxhall – which is just up the road from London Bridge – but it had nothing to do with the slaughter.


London terror attack Luton Vauxhall MSNBC


It’s not fake news. It’s just crap reporting.

This is why we need newspapers and the nightly news to make sense of all the info that comes belching in across social media.


Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Job advert typo fail: 8 hour what?

job advert fail


Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Walkers crisps endorses Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris in epic markting fail

Being the social media manager for Walker’s crisps is a doddle. Just get Gary Lineker to hold up a card and invite crisp enthusiasts to tweet a photo of their head which can be added to the former England footballer’s message. It would form a big Mexican Wave of crisp lovers. What could go wrong? Well, Walkers became endorsed by such lovelies as Osama bin Laden, Josef Fritzl and a bloke with a huge penis. And Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Fred West and more.


walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Epic fail: Sikh Muslim Manchester cab driver illustrates the dire state of journalism in three tweets

Read and weep as journalism takes on the Manchester terror story and fails epically:


muslim sikh driver Manchester cab taxi fail



muslim sikh driver Manchester cab taxi fail



muslim sikh driver Manchester cab taxi fail

Posted: 24th, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0