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Top 10 Dumbest Moments of 2011

Tiger Blood, an "Oops" moment, open mics and a bad Italian. This year was full of fail.

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is seen while a portrait of his wife, Veronica Lario, is projected in the background during the recording of 'Porta a Porta,' on an Italian channel on May 5, 2009, in Rome. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

It's all well and good to celebrate the people who rocked the world in 2011.

But it's a lot more entertaining to remember the people who blew it.

People do a lot of stupid things all the time. We’re human.

But then there are moments — singular, profound moments — of stupidity that actually seem to lower the collective intelligence of the entire human race.

There were many of these in 2011, and all so painful to witness, that we at GlobalPost found it impossible to rank them.

Therefore we present, in no particular order, the top 10 dumbest moments of 2011.


“OK. Libya...”

Herman Cain didn’t abandon his bid for the Republican presidential nomination because of this gaffe. But maybe he should have. The former pizza-chain exec floundered his way through a question that should have been pretty easy to handle: Do you agree with President Obama on Libya?

Pretty easy, of course, if you were aware that a NATO-backed rebellion in Libya had just unseated and killed one of the longest-serving and most well-known dictators in recent memory.

Herman Cain, apparently, did not know this. And so, he said this instead:


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