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(Some Guy)   The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business   ( divider line
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10733 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Mar 2002 at 8:08 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-03-16 08:11:53 AM  
How did I know Enron would be at the top of the list?
2002-03-16 08:13:03 AM  
Dumbest. Business moves. Ever.

Beat you to it!
2002-03-16 08:15:16 AM  
Houston, We Have a Problem, the list is to long to read
2002-03-16 08:22:22 AM  
Agreed. There's a reason why top ten lists are so popular...
2002-03-16 08:29:25 AM  
List is toooo long and to hard on Geraldo's gun carrying. If anything we learned for Daniel Pearl is it is not safe over there for anyone. Also did not mention the new Coke fiasco and the all too many attemps to cram Ellen down out throats. And as a premptive strike I'll include Survior 17.
2002-03-16 08:29:37 AM  
Plus, I don't think listing Enron umpteen different times was necessary. Just the name Enron invokes the image of an all emcompassing fark up.
2002-03-16 08:35:09 AM  
still amusing though

2002-03-16 08:38:32 AM  
Moment 102- Fark not closing off new registrations at 20,000
2002-03-16 08:39:32 AM  
Baby wipes for adults is a dumb business move?

(other farkers glare suspiciously)

Umm, I mean, baby wipes for adults is a dumb business move!
2002-03-16 08:59:00 AM  
Um, fetus, pardon my saying so, but isn't that remark somewhat elitist? I respect your "old school" status, but I am a 20,000+ farker (yes, a newbie! There I said it). You mean to tell me that you don't think Fark is a better place with my insightful commentary?
2002-03-16 08:59:52 AM  
Woohoo, I finished the whole thing... Oh wait, that was a waste of time.
2002-03-16 09:00:45 AM  
OK, just shoot me now. Please, pick up the gun and shoot me. (I closed the damn bold tag, I swear... BLAM!)

I don't think I could have set myself up any better if I had tried.
2002-03-16 09:03:39 AM  
</whining from ^there>

I liked it. The guy put together a great list.
2002-03-16 09:08:35 AM  
Ballmer-Monkeyboy, the 'remix'.
2002-03-16 09:09:41 AM  
...oops, here.
2002-03-16 09:10:43 AM  
Suho 1004:
Welcome to Fark. I just got here in December. You'll get used to the newbie-bashing. You'll get used to the dinosaurs moaning.
2002-03-16 09:10:58 AM  
Oh well, I must be on drugs-
2002-03-16 09:12:09 AM  
*snickers at Suho*

hehe. no offense
2002-03-16 09:15:56 AM  
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2002-03-16 09:18:29 AM  
B0rg9: lol. I caught it before it got farked. Great:)
2002-03-16 09:18:38 AM  
Hytes: Yea, I think I downloaded it twice and pushed it over the limit. Oh well, I thought it was funny. It had a Hitler speech video overdubbed on the "I - love - this - company" part.
2002-03-16 09:23:46 AM  
OK, here's a working link to the Monkeyboy Remix, fwiw:

2002-03-16 09:34:38 AM  
OK, just shoot me now. Please, pick up the gun and shoot me.

This is providing me with so much laughter this morning :)

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2002-03-16 09:39:32 AM  
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2002-03-16 09:49:05 AM  
I, for one, miss the XFL and I thought Freddy Got Fingered was a great master-piece (of shiat!)
2002-03-16 09:53:10 AM  
Well, that wasn't so bad. I made a total ass of myself and the worst I got was a snicker. It was pretty funny, though.

Fetus, I still think you're an elitist. Oh, that rhymes! Fetus the Elitist!

(um, ok, I'm obviously pretty tired now. Nothing personal, Fetus.)
2002-03-16 09:59:13 AM  


I don't care... Thanks Drew.
2002-03-16 10:08:57 AM  
"No one will deny that Sony is a world-class hardware company, and no one would deny that Microsoft is a world-class software company. Nintendo aspires to be neither one of those things." -- Peter Main, a Nintendo marketing executive, to the San Francisco Chronicle

I think this is the grandiose buildup to Nintendo offering their new virtual mind-meld product.
2002-03-16 10:22:06 AM  
I've been here since September of 2000. I have a right to bash new people. ;-)
2002-03-16 10:26:41 AM  
Check out this funky Steve Ballmer music video!

Freaky...really freaky!
2002-03-16 10:42:37 AM  
That Ballmer video farking RULES!!! lmfao
2002-03-16 10:43:07 AM  
RobbieFal - Well, my friend, bash away. Man, you guys are all bark and no bite. ;)
2002-03-16 10:51:12 AM  
Thanatos: Yea, that's freaky alright. Ballmer reminds me of a sys admin. friend of mine. I always picture that it's my friend up on stage which makes it even more bizarre.
2002-03-16 11:21:40 AM  
Some of these really aren't that stupid. The Nintendo comment, for one. (Sony makes hardware, MS makes software, Nintendo makes games.) Or the Mark Cuban - Dairy Queen thingie, which actually created some cool publicity for all concerned.

BTW Suho, note the closed tag. Welcome to Fark- good to have you here.
2002-03-16 11:32:58 AM  
"95. Having lured Mariah Carey with a $21 million signing bonus and an $80 million, five-album recording contract, EMI decides, after only one album, to pay her $28 million to go away. The net result: EMI pays $49 million for the soundtrack to Glitter."

Ok, some of them are stupid.
2002-03-16 11:59:34 AM  
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27. Mobile Office Enterprise unveils the Express Desk, which attaches a notebook computer to the steering wheel of a car. For use only while parked, of course.

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2002-03-16 11:59:47 AM  
This list should be renamed the 101 most recent American business blunders.

The louisana purchase, while a huge score for the USA
was a major blunder for France. But then again how many
farkers here, give a shiat about history?
2002-03-16 12:01:45 PM  
"41. founder and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is fined more than $1 million by the NBA in a span of 14 months, including $500,000 for saying of the league's director of officiating, "I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen." Under fire from the nation's Dairy Queen managers, who feel he has denigrated their profession, Cuban works a shift in a Dairy Queen five days later."

Umm, aside from the huge fines (which Cuban has no problem paying), how is this a dumb business move? It generated a helluva lot of national publicity for both the Mavericks and, more importantly, DQ. "Under fire"? There were a couple of quotes - "This is harder than he thinks - he should try it," and Cuban said "Okee-Dokee". Net result, a lot of free advertising from the nation's press, and a lot of grins. All for $500,000. Some companies can't lauch an unsuccessful ad campaign for twice that.

Humorless farks.
2002-03-16 12:28:17 PM  
As if I wasn't Anti-Corporate America already.
2002-03-16 01:02:40 PM  
But just bearly!

I love that commercial! How can they say that those were a disaster?
2002-03-16 01:10:17 PM  
Fun stuff
2002-03-16 02:21:30 PM  
What was the point of flooz again?
2002-03-16 02:50:56 PM  
"81. Speaking of Pearl Harbor -- a film budgeted at $135 million and scrutinized by countless Disney (DIS) executives -- nobody involved in its production thinks to question the scene in which Ben Affleck boards a train from Grand Central Terminal in New York to his airbase ... in England."

2002-03-16 02:57:01 PM  
I read all of them.

Thank you!

On an unrelated note: Holy crap I had no idea the Fark account numbers had risen so high! Where will the madness end?
2002-03-16 03:14:11 PM  
Dairy Queen® now advertises on the cheesy Mark Cuban Show.
2002-03-16 03:49:02 PM  
More like dumbest business moves in the last 3 to 4 years. Fails completely to mention probably the most asinine move of the last 20 years - Apple's refusal to license it's operating system to then, fledgling, Microsoft.

My favorite is #63

63. Bottling the Stench of Death and Calling It Perfume: Philip Morris also attempts to counter antismoking measures in the Czech Republic by commissioning an economic analysis of the "indirect positive effects" of early deaths -- savings on health care, pensions, welfare, and housing for the elderly. The company later apologizes.
2002-03-16 05:30:06 PM  
An even bigger related screwup: Digital Research fumbling the ball after IBM approached them to license CP/M-86 as the official OS for their upcoming IBM PC.

Curse you, DRI!
2002-03-17 11:23:02 PM  
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