If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CBS Boston)   "He lost his life savings, $2600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks"   (boston.cbslocal.com) divider line 176
    More: Dumbass, New Hampshire, carnival game, Henry Gribbohm, WBZ-TV, independent contractors, saves, Fiesta  
•       •       •

11278 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Apr 2013 at 3:34 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



176 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-04-29 11:50:30 PM
So, at a carnival with his life savings.

And I thought they gave him $600 back. He could have bought an XBOX 360.
 
2013-04-29 11:53:32 PM
www.glidemagazine.com

A wheel of fate, a game of chance!
 
2013-04-29 11:54:49 PM
there's money in the banana dreadlocks
 
2013-04-30 12:00:43 AM
The trick is simple, they leave a ball in the tub when they do it to show how easy it is.  They take the extra ball out when you try to do it.  Empty tub = ball bouncing out every time.
 
2013-04-30 12:04:32 AM
What I love is the Carnival's response.  "Really?  Huh.  Never head of that before.  But hey - it wasn't us, that game is done by a contractor. Been working for us for years.  Name?  Uhhh, nope.  Can't remember their name.  Sorry, chump... uhhh... Charlie. Wish we could help ya out."
 
2013-04-30 12:08:41 AM
 
2013-04-30 12:11:16 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-04-30 03:38:15 AM
Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.
 
2013-04-30 03:39:07 AM
$2,300 is walking around money. Not an amount a 30 year old should consider his "life savings".
 
2013-04-30 03:39:17 AM

DanZero: [www.glidemagazine.com image 617x412]

A wheel of fate, a game of chance!


Midway hawkers calling, "Try your luck with me."
 
2013-04-30 03:40:14 AM
FTFA: "Henry split with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with the Manchester Police Department."

What you did there, I see it.
 
2013-04-30 03:40:15 AM
There are some merchants who will give a spare arm or eye tooth for a banana with dreadlocks, you can't fake that shiat no. Worth at least 3500 or 800 cans of Spam according to my witchdoctor.
 
2013-04-30 03:46:10 AM
i15.photobucket.com

"Eat your potassium, mon!" my 10-year-old niece exclaimed in a Rastafarian accent I didn't know she had in her repertoire upon seeing this Island of Dr. Moreau-esque monstrosity.
 
2013-04-30 03:46:36 AM
"It's not possible that it wasn't rigged," said Gribbohm.

Yeah, most of us figure that out after the first five or six dimes, Henry.
 
2013-04-30 03:48:36 AM
Shenanigans! Everybody get your broom.
 
2013-04-30 03:54:04 AM

Pandora Spox: ["Eat your potassium, mon!" my 10-year-old niece exclaimed in a Rastafarian accent I didn't know she had in her repertoire upon seeing this Island of Dr. Moreau-esque monstrosity.

Big lolz
 
2013-04-30 03:56:40 AM
Okay, see, rule of thumb, if you're playing for straight cash, the game is always rigged. You want to play for cash, go to a casino where they regulate that shiat.
 
2013-04-30 03:59:10 AM
FTFA: Gribbohm says he is considering a lawsuit.

Who would he sue?  His parents, for failing to teach him how to make good decisions?  Perhaps the common sense fairy?  I am at a loss.
 
2013-04-30 03:59:33 AM
Anyone catch that the carnival's next stop is Derry?
 
2013-04-30 04:01:42 AM
The 30-year-old from Epsom says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing.

He deserves to be broke.
 
2013-04-30 04:02:57 AM

UsikFark: Anyone catch that the carnival's next stop is Derry?

I will alert Stephen King promptly. nice catch
 
2013-04-30 04:04:48 AM
All that for an XBox 360? I was hoping the carnie had at least scammed him to believe "If you win four of the 'major awards' you can trade 'em all in for a Ferrari and a handy from the beloved former star of 'Small Wonder' who now runs the Tilt-A-Whirl. You know, that Dick Christie feller?"
 
2013-04-30 04:04:59 AM
Interweb goooohooohohohoooooold!

cbsboston.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-30 04:05:36 AM
The 30-year-old from Epsom says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2300 more and soon lost all of that as well.

Um, I don't think that's how "double or nothing" works. Usually you have to win a round first and then try to double it. I think this guy was actually trying to dig his way out of the hole with a Martingale strategy, never winning and doubling his bet after each loss (which sounds like a good idea unless you've ever taken a math class).
 
2013-04-30 04:07:25 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: $2,300 is walking around money. Not an amount a 30 year old should consider his "life savings".


Even more so if you are a 30 year old with a baby. I'm assuming the baby is his as most mothers wouldn't let a tatted up stranger take the baby for a stroll.
 
2013-04-30 04:08:40 AM

Ivo Shandor: I don't think that's how "double or nothing" works. Usually you have to win a round first and then try to double it.


You think wrong. That's just betting.

Double-or-nothing is what you do when you've run out of money and you still think you can win, so you risk doubling your debt to make the money back.
 
2013-04-30 04:11:48 AM
well, at least he was only a sucker once. i mean, if an upstanding individual who can almost wear a shirt while getting interviewed for the tellyvision can get scammed, then anyone could lose their life-savings on such a game. it's not like you have a choice whether or not to put your life savings up for the game. now what is his kid going to do when it comes time to pay for college getting bailed out for his first bust?
 
2013-04-30 04:12:45 AM
poor decision making ability + poor impulse control = i feel sorry for that poor kid, his life is gonna suck with a dad like that

/about time for harry to set up the encyclopedia foundation yet?
 
2013-04-30 04:13:45 AM

Snargi: AverageAmericanGuy: $2,300 is walking around money. Not an amount a 30 year old should consider his "life savings".

Even more so if you are a 30 year old with a baby. I'm assuming the baby is his as most mothers wouldn't let a tatted up stranger take the baby for a stroll.


Most guys can't have babies. Proof: I'm a guy and I have yet to crank out one single child.
 
2013-04-30 04:14:44 AM

Gosling: Okay, see, rule of thumb, if you're playing for straight cash, the game is always rigged. You want to play for cash, go to a casino where they regulate that shiat.


No. Keep your money in your pocket.
 
2013-04-30 04:15:59 AM
Slutbucket: Interweb goooohooohohohoooooold!I
Nice moobs on that drunk sucker....
 
2013-04-30 04:24:56 AM
This guy has so many levels of stupid going for him I'd have to assume it was some elaborate performance art thing. Can someone really be this dumb? Has real life become the Onion?
It reminds me of one time when I was riding the bus and this homeless couple got on. They alternated between loudly making out and having an elaborate argument over prescriptions and food stamps. They continually referred to each other as 'Tasty Puddin' and 'Sweet Pea'. It was so over the top and surreal that I was expecting them to bow and announce that it was some kind of drama department project, but no, after a half hour they got off near the methadone clinic and stumbled off into the evening.
What if all the crazy, stupid or bizarre people you see are just out of work actors having a lark?
 
2013-04-30 04:29:21 AM
Most people figure out that carnival games are rigged by about 13. ESPECIALLY the ones that offer prizes like farking game consoles. It'd be far, FAR more newsworthy if someone *did* win one.
 
2013-04-30 04:31:02 AM

bmihura: Snargi: AverageAmericanGuy: $2,300 is walking around money. Not an amount a 30 year old should consider his "life savings".

Even more so if you are a 30 year old with a baby. I'm assuming the baby is his as most mothers wouldn't let a tatted up stranger take the baby for a stroll.

Most guys can't have babies. Proof: I'm a guy and I have yet to crank out one single child.


Not from lack of trying with your boyfriend...
 
2013-04-30 04:31:19 AM
forever known as the

Gribbohm

"I spent it all on a stuffed animal"

Floyd would be proud...

blogs.dallasobserver.com
 
2013-04-30 04:33:07 AM
It's lucky this guy don't have access to teh interwebs.
/there would be some very happy Nigerian princes
 
2013-04-30 04:34:23 AM
geesh, and I was choked when I lost 20 bucks at a stupid carnival game. When you are a kid with no money 20 dollars is a lot of money. At least back in the day.

I have zero interest in gambling or casinos. The carnival really helped me put gambling into perspective at a young age.

Its all a gigantic scam!  Might as well light your damn money on fire.
 
2013-04-30 04:38:12 AM

my herniated disc: geesh, and I was choked when I lost 20 bucks at a stupid carnival game. When you are a kid with no money 20 dollars is a lot of money. At least back in the day.

I have zero interest in gambling or casinos. The carnival really helped me put gambling into perspective at a young age.

Its all a gigantic scam!  Might as well light your damn money on fire.


Not true. Money on fire is over a lot quicker than a good gambling session, and casinos will comp the hell outta whales.

What you have to do is look at the price of lost money at the tables as the entry fee to the luxury suite and the service that entails. Save up a million to blow and get that casino to help you spend "$100,000" and watch shiat go crazy for you when you start working on the full million.
 
2013-04-30 04:42:18 AM
A pocketful full of silver
The key to heaven's door
 
2013-04-30 04:50:39 AM
If your life savings is only $2600, and you bring it all to a carnival, that money was never destined to be yours anyway.
 
2013-04-30 04:51:13 AM

Terrapin Bound: A pocketful full of silver , The key to heaven's door

 I have no idea what you are talking about but I am going to guess that is a Led Zeppelin quote.... because they love lyrics about silver heaven and whores.... just a guess
 
2013-04-30 04:53:50 AM

LordJiro: Most people figure out that carnival games are rigged by about 13. ESPECIALLY the ones that offer prizes like farking game consoles. It'd be far, FAR more newsworthy if someone *did* win one.


I had a friend who was in air rifle competitions. Never won something big, but compared to the rest of us, he was Annie Oakley, if Annie Oakley was Basque, drunk like a fish, and was also a god of software engineering. Anyway, at a carnival, he played this game where there were a lot of prizes, attached to strings. Cut the string with a pellet, and you win the prize.
Almost impossible, you say ? Not for this guy who routinely bullseyed his targets at 11 yarks. So, he shoots a first time, misses, compensates for the crooked sight (of course), shoots agains, and the FREAKING PELLET BOUNCES OFF THE STRING.
The trick was simple : on the middle of the string, they simply inserted a piece of metal wire. So, he shots a bit higher, and starts cutting away at the string. One or two more pellet, and he wins the prize. But the carny notices, gets angry, shout at him, telling him that he's cheating, etc... long story shorts, he kicks my friend out.
So, yeah, you NEVER win the prizes, those games are all rigged.
 
2013-04-30 05:09:20 AM

Rastafarian banana sees what you did there.


farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2013-04-30 05:10:11 AM
Ah, anything... in this general area, right in here. Anything, below the stereo, and on this side of the Bicentennial glasses. Anything between the ashtray, and the thimbles. Anything in this three inches. Right in here, this area, that includes the Dreadlocked Banana, but not the erasers.
 
2013-04-30 05:11:02 AM

padraig: LordJiro: if Annie Oakley was Basque, the FREAKING PELLET BOUNCES OFF THE STRING., those games are all rigged.


I like the A.O was Basque part wherever that came from (wow that is random info)...if the string was made of metal would there not have been a telltale ricochet or effect unlike twine? Regardless, good story
 
2013-04-30 05:14:19 AM

berylman: if the string was made of metal would there not have been a telltale ricochet or effect unlike twine?


he said there was metal wire inside the string, and the telltale ricochet was the part where he said  "the FREAKING PELLET BOUNCES OFF THE STRING"
 
2013-04-30 05:15:55 AM

Ivo Shandor: The 30-year-old from Epsom says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2300 more and soon lost all of that as well.

Um, I don't think that's how "double or nothing" works. Usually you have to win a round first and then try to double it. I think this guy was actually trying to dig his way out of the hole with a Martingale strategy, never winning and doubling his bet after each loss (which sounds like a good idea unless you've ever taken a math class).


It's actually a perfect strategy in a game that you have slight odds or better on.  This is why blackjack tables have maximum bet limits.
 
2013-04-30 05:17:02 AM

log_jammin: berylman: if the string was made of metal would there not have been a telltale ricochet or effect unlike twine?

he said there was metal wire inside the string, and the telltale ricochet was the part where he said  "the FREAKING PELLET BOUNCES OFF THE STRING"


Things bounce off taut string, too.
 
2013-04-30 05:19:21 AM
 
2013-04-30 05:26:58 AM

ekdikeo4: Ivo Shandor: The 30-year-old from Epsom says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2300 more and soon lost all of that as well.

Um, I don't think that's how "double or nothing" works. Usually you have to win a round first and then try to double it. I think this guy was actually trying to dig his way out of the hole with a Martingale strategy, never winning and doubling his bet after each loss (which sounds like a good idea unless you've ever taken a math class).

It's actually a perfect strategy in a game that you have slight odds or better on.  This is why blackjack tables have maximum bet limits.


slight odds and an endless supply of cash.
 
Displayed 50 of 176 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report