This Day in Failure: September 3

2009: University of Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount sucker-punches Boise State linebacker Byron Hout in the immediate aftermath of Boise State’s 19-8 win over the Ducks at Bronco Stadium, a game in which Blount carries the ball eight times for minus-5 yards. Then, while leaving the field, Blount initiates another confrontation, this time with Broncos fans. Ironically, Blount was among a group of players from both teams who came together at midfield for a pregame handshake, part of a sportsmanship initiative developed by the American Football Coaches Association and the NCAA.

2009: Two Bangladesh newspapers—the Daily Manab Zamin and New Nation—publish a satirical article from The Onion that claims that the Moon landings were faked (“Conspiracy Theorist Convinces Neil Armstrong Moon Landing Was Faked”). “We didn’t know The Onion was not a real news site,” admits Daily Manab Zamin associate editor Hasanuzzuman Khan.

2008: It is first reported that a U.S. Post Office carrier card that invites customers to buy duck stamps includes an 800 number for an “Intimate Connections” sex line, one that tempts callers to “talk only to the girls that turn you on,” for $1.99 a minute. The card transposes two numbers, so instead of listing 1-800-782-6724 (or 1-800-STAMP24), it lists 1-800-872-6724 (1-800-TRAMP24). The Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the program, reports that it printed approximately 3.5 million duck stamps attached to cards with the incorrect number.