101 dumbest moments in business: Celebrities
The year in shenanigans, skulduggery, and just plain stupidity in the world of fame.
24. Damn those infernal computating hoochamagooches.
In November ex-MTV veejay Adam Curry logs on to Wikipedia and edits the entry about podcasting, playing up his role as an early pioneer and deleting mentions of other inventors. Caught by server logs that point to his involvement, Curry admits to the attempt but claims that -- despite being smart enough to invent podcasting -- he was befuddled by Wikipedia's interface and altered the entry by accident.

39. That may be, but you don't have to rub it in.
"Jessica recognizes that she has a very broad fan base."

-- A spokesperson for Jessica Simpson, explaining the size-2 entertainer's introduction of a plus-size line of jeans in August.

87. No interview, no cry.
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On the heels of a popular documentary about the Queen rock anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody," BBC television decides its next subject will be the Bob Marley classic "No Woman, No Cry." An e-mail is duly dispatched to the Bob Marley Foundation, requesting an interview with the reggae star, since the documentary "would only work with some participation from Bob Marley himself." The e-mail also says producers would like for Marley to spend "one or two days with us" at his convenience: "Our schedule is flexible." Marley is less flexible. He died in 1981.

93. No joke here. Just suffice it to say that the literal translation of the Spanish word cajeta is "little box."
With the help of Latin pop sensation Thalia Sodi, Hershey introduces Cajeta Elegancita, a new candy bar for the Hispanic market. Though the wrapper features a picture of Sodi, apparently she neglects to fill her Yanqui partners in on a subtlety of Spanish: In Mexico, "cajeta" can be used to mean "nougat." Elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world, however, it's slang for female anatomy.

101. Little Big Man
In September, as the result of a typo in a spreadsheet, Electronic Arts issues an update to Madden NFL 06 that reduces 6-foot-3, 305-pound New York Jets lineman Michael King to a height of 7 inches. The next day, EA fixes the bug -- to a chorus of complaints from customers who enjoyed watching the shin-high blocker get steamrollered by full-size players such as seven-time All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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