101 Dumbest Moments in Business

Ah, what a dumb year it was! Fortune chose the absolutely dumbest of the dumb that the gods of fate and humor delivered into our laps - and yours - this past year.

Jet Blue
92. Jet Blue
Fly the nope-we're-still-not-flying skies
Despite whiteout conditions at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport during a Valentine's Day blizzard, Jet Blue loads passengers onto its planes, pulls the planes away from their gates ... and leaves them there, stranding hundreds of passengers on the runways for as long as 11 hours. "You can look out the window and you can see, there's the gate," says passenger John Farrell, who spent nine hours on the J.F.K. tarmac. "If you just let us off the plane, we can walk there."
Last updated January 16 2008: 5:51 PM ET


Eli Lilly

Leona Helmsley

Merrill Lynch

Stanley O'Neal

Chuck Prince

High-tech toilets

KFC/Taco Bell

French newspaper Le Monde

Electronic voting machines

Oil spills

Procter & Gamble


Naked Sunday


Microsoft's PR firm

Cocaine energy drink

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

New Jersey Superior Court

O.J. Simpson

Cartoon Network

Naming rights

Don Imus

Chris Albrecht

Adam "Pacman" Jones

Isiah Thomas

Phil Spector

Keith Richards

Swiss newspaper

James Cayne

Bear Stearns analysts


Oral B

Summit Products


Best Buy

Judge Roy Pearson


Damien Hirst


National Amusements


The Toronto Blue Jays

Bank of America

Serendipity 3

Johnson & Johnson

John Mackey

The European Union

German screw factory

The Defense Department


Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome

Japanese arm-wrestlers

Research in Motion

Frank Gehry


Endemol Southern Star

Taco Bell


John Griffin


Nepal Airlines


Spain's National Institute of Statistics

Verizon Wireless

Rhode Island Hospital


Thomas the Tank Engine

Exelon Nuclear

Circuit City

TCF Bank

Paris Hilton

Easy-Bake Ovens


Mummified corpses

Jessica Simpson

Jackson Hewitt

The Virginia Tourism Corp.

Hugo Chávez

Juan Carlos

365 Main

One Laptop Per Child

CIBC analyst Meredith Whitney

Southwest Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal

SkyWest Airlines

Doug Parker

British Airways

Southwest Airlines, Part 2

Iberia Airlines

Jet Blue

British Airways Part 2

World Toilet Association

Kitson boutique




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