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The Stupidest Things Ever Said (and Written) In 2012

It's time for the annual Stupidest Things Ever Said (and Written) Awards for 2012 — celebrating the stupidest, most ridiculous, most asinine and most idiotic things said or written during the course of the year, as chosen by the editors of the annual 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said calendar. And the winners are ...

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1. The "Good God, Just Shove a Sock in His/Her Mouth" Award for Stupidly Outrageous and Ridiculously Offensive Punditry … goes to columnist Megan McArdle, for her comments following the tragedy in Newtown

"I’d also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once."

3. The "I’m No Abraham Lincoln Award" for Stupid Attempts at Political Rhetoric … goes to Mitt Romney

“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”

6. The Celebrity “Oh, Just Shut Up” Award goes to … Madonna


“It’s about finding a man you can look up to, and comparing them to archetypes that I obviously adore—John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ Bruce Lee, Abraham Lincoln.”

8. The Inappropriate Animal Imagery Award for Rather Stupid Sex Writing … goes to Tom Wolfe and his Back to Blood

“Now his big generative jockey was inside her pelvic saddle, riding, riding, riding, and she was eagerly swallowing it swallowing it swallowing it with the saddle’s own lips and maw — all this without a word.”

12. The Lingerie Model Big Brain Award … goes to Abbey Clancy

“They [models] have to have brains because they’re paid a lot of money … Elle Macpherson has got her own underwear out … You have to have brains for that.”

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