Bynes was on her way to becoming a respected actress in Hollywood when she made a few really bad choices. One of those being that she asked Barack Obama to fire the cop who arrested her for allegedly driving drunk -- in a tweet. The president did not respond to Bynes' tweet.
General David Petraeus
Dumb political sex scandals are nothing new but General David Patraeus isn't just some politician who Tweeted his junk to a sorority girl. He's the guy who had a covert actions under the sheets with an opportunistic tell-all author while running the CIA. Feel safe? Yeah, neither do I.
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Douglas seems like the kind of guy who likes more than a little danger in his life. What else would explain why he got back together with his girlfriend who bit off his testicles?
Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn
Rayburn blamed the unions for the death of the Twinkie while he pocketed $125k a month (not including his bonus). Way to blame a union worker when you're using $100 bills to wipe away your tears. See: The Twinkie Should Die.
Jose Canseco tweeted in April that global warming could have saved the Titanic. Maybe he should leave global warming to the scientists and focus on rescuing his sinking reputation.
Williamson got the boot for his flawed Apple Maps which were released earlier this year. That might explain why he keeps getting lost on his way to the unemployment office. See: Tim Cook's Apple Maps Apology, Translated.
NFL Replacement Refs
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Quite possibly the biggest sports disaster of 2012 were the NFL replacement refs. As one NFL replacement referee put it, "There's no gray in this job!" And from looks of all the botched calls they made, there weren't any rules either. See: NFL Replacement Refs will make you cry with laughter.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
Commissioner Gary Bettman makes the list by presiding over the third NHL work stoppage in two decades. He probably would have had his teeth knocked out by angry hockey fans if they weren't conveniently distracted by the Bikini Hockey League.
Reports of dumb behavior by comedian Katt Williams keep coming. Williams allegedly took off his clothes and challenged hecklers to a fight. He allegedly hit his former personal assistant and smacked an audience member with his microphone -- both of whom have filed lawsuits. He faces assault charges related to a bar fight, charges he slapped a Target employee and reckless driving charges. Funny 'cause it's true.
With his continued "birtherism" rhetoric, Donald Trump made it on our Dumbest People list yet again this year. Congrats Don! Maybe 2013 is the lucky year you declare bankruptcy for the fifth time. See: Dumbest People of 2011.
Zhang Qian of the People's Daily made the mistake of citing the parody newspaper the Onion's article naming Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012." Hopefully, there's a journalism refresher course at the re-education camp Qian be spending his free time at.
Mao Sugiyama is the Japanese 'artist' who cooked and served his own genitals. Do we really need to explain why this is dumb? Nopers.
Billionaire mining tycoon Gina Rinehart was quoted earlier this year saying that if poor people want to be rich like herself they should "spend less time drinking, or smoking and socializing and more time working." Apparently, Rinehart made her fortune the old fashion way: she inherited it from her daddy. See: Dumb Things Rich People Say About You.
Tricking the "one percent" into giving you millions of dollars is an achievement worthy of any conman's praise. But when Fox News calls you on your BS in front of millions of viewers on election night, it may be time to grab your cash and get out when the getting is good.
Patricia Krentcil a/k/a "Tanning Mom"
Krentcil gained notoriety after the New Jersey resident allegedly brought her 6-year-old daughter inside a tanning booth. You know things you're dumb when even Jersey reality star Snooki weighs in against your behavior. She claims to be done with tanning and is now a very healthy shade of burnt sienna.
Jim Lehrer became the media's favorite punching bag after he allowed Obama to get steamrolled by Romney in the First Presidential Debate. Luckily, one clever citizen re-edited the debate and turned the PBS pushover into a YouTube comedy powerhouse. See: Lehrer debate mashup.
Maria Louise Del Rosario
Maria Louise Del Rosario showed her classy side when she got a tattoo on her anus at the Annual South Florida Tattoo Expo. On the bright side -- well, actually there is no bright side when you get a tattoo where the sun don't shine.
The only person who has a worse reputation with women than the Republican Party is Chris Brown. He certainly didn't improve his image after his brief spat with comedian Jenny Johnson, tweeting that he wanted to poo and poot on her. Brown shut down his Twitter account shortly afterwards, which was probably the smartest thing he's done all year.
Back in June, Adam Carolla was quoted saying that women aren't funny. Was this a desperate way to get attention for his book or his actual dumb belief? The world may never know and certainly will never care. See:Dumb Women aren't Funny Debate.