101 Dumbest Moments in Business

101 Dumbest Moments

The year's biggest boors, buffoons, and blunderers


Full list
1 Wal-Mart: PR campaign (WMT)
2 Northwest Airlines: '101 Ways to Save Money' guide
3 McDonald's: MP3 player giveaway (MCD)
4 GM: User-generated ad campaign (GM)
5 Kazakhstan: Currency
6 Steve Wynn: Picasso
7 New York Times Co.: Customer data (NYT)
8 Spirit Airlines: Hoffa ad campaign
9 Porter County, Ind.: Home values
10 Comcast: Cable repairman (CMCSK)
11 Starbucks: E-mail offer (SBUX)
12 Sony: Flaming computers (SNE)
13 Consumer Safety Products Commission: Laptop advisory
14 Vonage: IPO (VG)
15 Wal-Mart: Andrew Young (WMT)
16 Rising Sun Anger Release Bar: Co-workers
17 Alarm One: Team building
18 Kindergarten teacher turned stripper
19 PBS Kids Sprout network
20 Fiji Water vs. Cleveland
21 FCC in Details Magazine
22 Business Week cover
23 Microsoft: Two products - same name (MSFT)
24 B2/Raytheon: CEO's book (RTN)
25 BBC: Goma interview
26 Greyhound: Dumping incident
27 RadioShack: Layoffs (RSH)
28 National Semiconductor: Gifts (NSM)
29 Hyundai-Kia: Chairman's abject apology
30 Lone Star: Mea culpa
31 Goldman Sachs: Web site (GS)
32 TradingMarkets: Playboy stock contest
33 Heart Attack Grill: Triple bypass burger
34 Antwerp museum: Meat apparel
35 Wal-Mart: Thomas Coughlin (WMT)
36 Catawba County: Google suit
37 Thomsonfly: Lost cellphone
38 Imelda Marcos: Jewelry line
39 Greece: GDP
40 Natural Selection Foods: E.coli
41 Home Depot: Investor conference (HD)
42 MBA candidates: Cheating
43 Paris Hilton: DUI
44 New Lenox mayor: Strip-club tab
45 Cryogenics pioneers: Freezer malfunction
46 UnitedHealth: CEO options (UNH)
47 Comverse: CEO options
48 Cablevision Systems: Options
49 EnBW: Nuclear plant keys
50 H.R. Hargreaves & Son: Ham ingredients
51 Honda: Owner's manuals
52 Oracle: Larry Ellison donation (ORCL)
53 Disney: Winnie the Pooh (DIS)
54 Wal-Mart: Blog (WMT)
55 Richard Hatch: Sentenced
56 AOL: Cancellation call (TWX)
57 AOL: Search queries (TWX)
58 YouTube: Copyright infringement
59 Golden State Warriors: "Ghetto Prom"
60 Egokast.com: Belt buckle
61 Microsoft: Google search (MSFT)
62 DDS Media: Typo
63 TextTrust: Typo
64 Welsh Dragon Sausages: Name change
65 CIA: Comedy Central ad
66 Jessica Simpson: Jeans endorsement
67 Sony PlayStation: Billboard campaign (SNE)
68 Hewlett-Packard: Pretexting (HPQ)
69 Great Britain's Royal Mail: Santa stamp
70 KRON 4: Address change
71 Bausch & Lomb: ReNu recall (BOL)
72 Amazon.com: UCLA e-mail (AMZN)
73 Wal-Mart: Ad agency (WMT)
74 Pearson: SAT scores
75 Time Warner: Wayne Pace (TWX)
76 AirTran: Stranded passengers
77 Bank of America: Training replacements (BAC)
78 McCain Foods: Potatoes
79 Mercedes-Benz: $1.7 million lemon
80 News Corp.: "If I did it" (NWS)
81 McDonald's:"Hummer of a Summer" (MCD)
82 Online video fans: YouTube.com/Utube.com
83 TacoBell: Tainted vegetables
84 Shai: Porn star clothing
85 U.S. Mint: Metal prices
86 Wal-Mart:DVD titles (WMT)
87 AussieBum: Men's underwear
88 Mars: M&M menorahs
89 Hoboken, N.J.: Garage operator
90 Bristol-Myers Squibb: Generics deal (BMY)
91 New York: Crackheadz Gone Wild
92 Michael Eisner: Debut show
93 Stefan Eriksson: String of discoveries
94 Greenville Drive: Mascot
95 NTT: Hackers
96 UCLA: Social Security numbers
97 Home Depot: Drugs (HD)
98 Imagination 69: Treasure hunt
99 Tesco: Peekaboo Pole Dancing Kit
100 Toymaker Spin Master: Kid tattoos
101 Hasbro: Pussycat Dolls (HAS)