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In fan conventions, there are pros and cons. And then there's these, which are nothing but cons.
- BotCon was the world's largest Transformers con for decades. BotCon 1996 was the first and only BotCon overseen by Men In Black Productions. Despite initial plans (and advertisements of) an abandoned Pulp Fiction theme, there was no official theme. There was, however, a celebration of the 10th birthday of Transformers: The Movie, including a screening on a TV and cake... but the VHS copy of the movie didn't work. And the cake had no forks, and the only drink was water. Attendees didn't get any lanyards or anything, identification was done with generic "Hi My Name Is..." stickers. These were of course easy to forge, but even that would be unnecessary since Men In Black managed to run out, leading to people being able to walk in from the street. This event really was bad comedy. TFWiki.net has more information here.
- DashCon was a convention organized in 2014 by and for community members and artists on Tumblr. The convention was first conceived the previous year after successfully raising $4,000 in donations. Approximately 1,000 attendees were present on the first day, only to see the convention descend into farce. Right off the bat, several high-profile guests cancelled their appearances due to not receiving their fees. This limited the highlights of the convention to include a "games room" which was nothing but a single TV and console in the middle of an empty room, a 'ball pit' — a blue kiddy pool filled with colorful balls (pay for an extra hour in the ball pit) — and a bounce house in a large, mostly empty room. Even more outrageous is the emergency donation the convention had to hold in order to avoid being thrown out of their hosting hotel on the very first night. They successfully raised the $17,000 needed to keep it going, but it also led to speculation that the entire convention was a quick money-making scam (an assumption not helped by the hefty $65 weekend pass cost).
- Later, the organizers offered refunds to everyone who'd helped raise the $17,000, but it's unclear how many (if any) people actually got a refund. See, many of the people who helped raise money gave it in cash at the convention, and got no written proof of donating. At one point the arrangers said they'd just trust people to be honest and refund everyone who claimed to have donated, but as to whether they did it, that's a different story. Or to sum the refund question up: As of this writing, there haven't been reports of attendees ever being given a refund.
- The failures of DashCon have been chronicled on various websites, including KnowYourMeme, Daily Dot, and by the Internet Historian. To top the disaster off, the ballpit was defiled on the regular—one attendant urinated in it, and rumor quickly spread that lice and venereal diseases were spreading through it.
- You know a convention is a huge disaster when a) the restaurant Denny's makes fun of DashCon and b) people start cosplaying AS DashCon.
- It's possible the fallout from the con even helped kill the entire SuperWhoLock fandom, or at the least made it undesirable to publicly claim affiliation with it, as people began to notice after the con that the presence of the fandoms on the site dropped considerably. While there were likely other factors at play, DashCon seems to have been the turning point. See here for further analysis.
- In the Other sub-page in our Troubled Production trope page are some of the sordid details on how this disaster of an event came to be and how badly it evolved.
- GamerCon was a generically named Irish gaming convention which was the first attempt to run a professional gaming convention in Ireland, and one which failed miserably. For starters, it quickly became notorious for sheer overcrowding. Despite the convention hall only supporting 9000 people, they inexplicably decided to sell 24,000 tickets. The results were predictable, with long lines of families being stuck for hours outside - and Ireland's not exactly known for bright and sunny weather. The problems went beyond that, too. According to one volunteer eyewitness account, when people started coming in every game needed an update because nobody thought to check for that, and nobody thought to actually buy copies of Street Fighter V for the tournament they were meant to have, either, leaving them having to try to download twelve copies of the game on wi-fi being used by thousands of people. That volunteer was also one of only five trying to manage an entire convention filled with thousands, and they ended up abandoning the entire convention the day after. Kotaku has more details of the entire affair.
- Las Pegasus UniCon, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic convention, was organized in Las Vegas in February 2013. It promised to be a huge event with over twenty-two special guests from the show, including John de Lancie, Tara Strong, and several of the show's writers and musicians, and promised dealer room and artist alley vendors a crowd of over 2000 attendees. It took place at the Riviera, a rather old, rather dumpy Vegas Strip hotel best known for its nude showgirl revues. It became infamous pretty damn quick for overworked, underprepared staff, low attendance (1200 at most, and maybe even half of that), lack of respect for the special guests (Tara Strong was served food she was allergic to and Nicole Oliver was forgotten at the airport), and its cheaply-made, error-filled convention program. On Sunday the convention collapsed totally from lack of funds. Thus, neither the hotel nor the special guests got paid for their efforts, and vendors and artists lost money on the deal. Funds earmarked to go to charity went missing, and some ticket holders got double-charged for rooms they thought they were getting for free. It took a huge community outreach to save face and assure the fandom stayed in Hasbro's good graces, one which involved multiple other convention organizers. The event quickly became memetic, and not in a good way—it pretty much killed any chance of there being another brony convention in Las Vegas. A more detailed account of the fiasco can be read here, with a first-person account from an artist alley vendor available here.
- Artist alley patrons were ripped off as they were offered to use the fictional currency Pony Bits. Eerily mirroring the scene from The Simpsons where Homer bought Itchy and Scratchy money because it was "more fun", people found out that they can't trade Pony Bits for real money because the organizers already left.
- Pokemon GO Fest was Niantic's first convention for the game. Despite the game's checkered nature, the game still maintained an active playbase. The event promised the ability to obtain rare Pokémon like Unown, and even the promise of being able to catch the first legendaries of the game to be released. Unfortunately, while the concept for the event sounded good on paper, when it came to the execution everything just went completely awry: Massive, poorly managed lines, not being handicap accessible (to the point where they were rejecting people for having life-saving medication), complaints over the warm July weather in the Chicago park the con took place in, and the game simply refusing to load due to the heavy demand and overwhelmed cell service providers all led to pissed-off players booing the CEO of Niantic, tossing water bottles at one of the other emcees, or just leaving the event early. Niantic attempted to save some face by expanding the scope of the event to a two-mile radius outside of the park the con took place in, refunding everyone's cash note , giving players $100 in Coins, and even giving everyone a free Lugia, but it was too little, too late, and the convention was still considered a total wash. The app and developer's already shaky reputations only just barely survived the incident. The Verge has more details. Some attendees filed a lawsuit against Niantic, demanding refunds for the ticket prices, wanting Niantic to pay a $1.5 million dollar settlement to said irate attendees. This eventually succeeded.
- John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic himself, would later admit that the event was a flop, and that the set-up for the event did not fit Go's nature of walking around and exploring at all (as all of the players were stuck in one place); adding that the next GO Fest (yes, there will still be one) will be more exploration oriented (being spread over an approximately two mile radius in Lincoln Park in Chicago) and that they will be more prepared to have thousands of people using the app in one place this time. Time will tell if the execution pays off.
- RainFurrest was one of the most popular furry conventions on the west coast, based in Seattle. However, the 2015 iteration deserves mention here. The convention was plagued from the get-go with characters too unsavory to realistically be described here, openly wearing all forms of fetish gear they were into, with one (in)famous person proclaiming "RainFurrest is a fetish con" to anyone who asked about it. It spiraled down from there, with plumbers on constant call due to "Used Objects" being flushed down, the hot tub closed off halfway through the con, and the fire department being called twice. And someone even tried to remove the smoke detector in his room, nearly getting the entire con booted halfway through.
The entire mess resulted in the Hilton that played host to the con to demand that all attendees leave by a certain time on Monday, and told con staff they were no longer welcome, and with the cancellation of the 2016 con, and eventually the entire convention overall, made 2015 the last year for the northwestern furry convention. Internet Historian covered this convention as well.
- Tentmoot, a planned series of events in the Lord of the Rings fandom in 2003 planned by a Tolkien group named Bit of Earth, fell apart very quickly. Led by a man named Jordan Wood, many people familiar with Jordan commented on his feminine appearance (he claimed this had to do with a disease that prevented testosterone producing in the body) or on his rather strange stories (he claimed to have been chased by the Irish Republican Army, despite the fact he had allegedly never been in Northern Ireland). Regardless, hype for the convention was very high - Bit of Earth was praised for allegedly donating to a children's reading garden, and Wood promised that a summer concert and meet-and-greet for actors who starred in the films would happen in Oregon. However, neither of these happened, which caused the ticket sales to lower. Wood tried desperately to raise the prices, such as moving in with fellow Tolkien organizers, which did very little to help the issue. As poor sales for tickets went on, many people discovered that Bit of Earth's donations were fabricated. What sealed Tentmoot into the ground is when Massachusetts police discovered that Jordan Wood was an alias for a woman named Amy Player, who had sent a suicide letter regarding Jordan running off with her crush. Player admitted that Tentmoot was all a sham to help her build a new identity, and the whole thing was disbanded, with her permanently exiled from Oregon. Nowadays, Player is seen as a Con Artist among Tolkiens, who has gained more infamy for her many other attempts to con money out of various different fandoms using various different identities, and outside of all the controversy, the author of Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness.
- Haribo, in an attempt at being health-conscious, released a sugar-free version of their famous gummy bears. The only problem? The sweetener they decided to use to replace the sugar was lycasin, a sugar subtitute that the human body cannot digest properly. Thus, if too much of it is consumed, it can cause heavy diarrhea or flatulence, and sometimes even Potty Failure. Despite the warnings on the packaging, people still had horrible experiences with it; if some of the reviews are true, then it even caused hospitalization. The only positive thing is that it works as an impressive colon cleanser and weight loss treatment. You can watch professional stunt eater L.A. Beast eat an entire 5-pound bag of it to predictable results here. It also led to many hilarious Amazon reviews.
- In 1996, the FDA approved selling food made with Olestra, a fake-fat ingredient that could completely replace the fats and oils in many foods. Unfortunately, the idea soon proved too good to be true. Olestra has a nasty habit of depriving the body of its ability to absorb vitamins and other vital components. It also came with a host of unwanted side effects, including abdominal cramping, gas, and loose bowel movements. Olestra is not approved for use in several countries including Canada and the U.K., but despite this, it remains on the FDA's approved list, and the initial warning labels were even removed in 2003. TIME magazine included Olestra in its list of the 50 worst inventions. It did eventually find another market though... as a firearms lubricant. It also turned out to be good for leaching certain long-lasting unpleasant organic chemicals like TCDD out of people's bodies.
- In 2013, after the success of Blackout Haunted House due to its Refuge in Audacity and expansion to Los Angeles, a man named Russ McKamey organized an "extreme haunt" of his own named McKamey Manor, whose focus was to have its patrons "experience a real horror movie". Like Blackout, guests had to sign a waiver releasing the house of legal liability- except there was a huge difference. Whereas Blackout, while being physical and often having themes of sexual assault, at least showed concern for the patrons' safety, McKamey Manor hyper-focused on extremity to the point where very few people have experienced the whole haunt. For one, guests are in the haunt for four to seven hours, meaning they have to endure four to seven hours of extreme violence performed on them. They are also not allowed to leave at their own free will,note and are completely at the mercy of the staff until the latter decides to end the tour. People are often seen with bruises and cuts on them upon leaving, and even medical problems and injuries have been caused by the experience. When the trailer premiered on YouTube in 2013, it received almost near-universal negative reception, and reception from its patrons certainly hasn't been any better, with several people accusing it of "legal torture", not made better by McKamey's lack of concern. Despite this, the house still runs, possibly as a result of Bile Fascination and No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, yet its reception has only gotten worse. There are a plethora of sites against it and several petitions set up to close it down. You know it's bad when Blackout, which itself is far from a picnic, is seen as heavenly by comparison.
When we watch infomercials, we're never sure if the products are as good as they claim to be without a second opinion. While there are in fact several products which are quite useful and worth the price, these... aren't. Here are a few examples.
- The AutoCool is a small, solar-powered air conditioning gizmo that you're supposed to attach to the window of your parked car to cool down the interior during the summer. Despite the claims made by its advertisers, the device will only barely affect the temperature inside your car (lowering or even raising the temperature by only a few degrees, while the TV commercials claim it can lower the temp to 30 degrees). The manufacturer also admits that the AutoCool is not recommended for use in cars with automatic windows, even though 1.) most cars produced within the last thirty years exclusively have automatic windows, 2.) the commercials do not mention that the device is not suitable for automatic windows, and 3.) the commercials clearly show the AutoCool being used on automatic windows.
- The Infinity Razor claims to be a razor which never requires replacement or sharpening. In reality, it's an overpriced disposable razor that dulls quickly.
- The Steam Buddy is intended to de-wrinkle clothes easily, and looks to be a cross between an iron and lint roller. If you like getting your garments wet and still leaving them wrinkled, then by all means, get one now.
- The MXZ Pocket Saw is an "An Seen on TV!" product that claimed to be able to cut through anything, including brick, glass, tile, and drywall. To its credit, it can... provided you have the strength and endurance of a dozen men and don't mind working at it for a long time. The commercial for it was deceptive to the point of false advertising: a careful eye could spot that several of the items it was supposedly sawing through had already been cut. As Attack of the Show demonstrates, it's not even useful for cutting through a lamb's head. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the blade can be switched out for regular reciprocating saw blades, which is perfect for finishing the more tricky cuts.
- The Package Shark is a tool claimed to be able to cut open clamshell packages. However, many reviewers say it doesn't work and they describe it as an overpriced razor blade. You know something's bad when it comes in the same kind of package it's supposed to open.
- Lampshaded on the packaging of the similar as-seen-on-TV product the Open-X, which really does work quite well.
- The Emery Cat is a cat toy that is basically a rest with an emery board on it and filled with catnip, advertised as being designed to prevent pet owners from having to clip their cats' nails all the time. A great idea... that's very poorly executed. The board is VERY flimsy and is easily breakable, the emery board isn't scratchable enough, a strong kitten can break off the "playful toy" mounted on the side and carry it triumphantly away, and the whole thing can just flip over very easily.
- Smooth Away is a hair removal system where the user takes a pink buffing oval thingy and rubs it against needed areas. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. The buffing system can remove dead skin cells, but not hairs, the whole thing can irritate, or even SWELL certain areas (such as lips), and the whole "exfoliating skin" effect is actually done by leftover crystals from the buffer.
- HeadOn, which is known for ads being deliberately unclear about its purpose but considers itself a homeopathic medicine, is almost entirely paraffin wax. You would literally get the same result applying a candle directly to your forehead, and you wouldn't be rubbing trace amounts of toxic plant extract and a known carcinogen on your skin.
- The Pocket Hose claims to be an innovative water hose that is very long and compresses back into a smaller size once shut off. A novel concept that sadly has a wide variety of issues. The construction of the hose is made of cloth webbing and plastic, which means despite the retractable aspect, it's not as durable as a regular hose and it can easily burst open, develop holes, and/or leak a lot. Even worse is the fact that it's attached to two plastic levers. After a flood of negative reviews on Amazon, Telebrands responded by making a "3x stronger" version... which gained just as negative reviews. They then made another version which replaced the plastic connectors with brass. It still didn't change a thing.
- The Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt by LootCrate is a poorly-designed oven mitt that could burn one's skin. While stated to be resistant to temperatures up to 500 degrees, in reality attempting to use said mitt at 425 degrees will destroy the mitt and burn your hand, as stated in this example here. Thankfully, LootCrate is now recalling them due to these major safety flaws.
- The Juicero, a cold-press juicing machine that promised to be a game-changer for the way households bought and processed vegetables. It folded just a few months after officially launching, and was laughed at by virtually everyone, including industry advocates and those who bought their juicers. What happened?
- The $400 (originally $700) device had a needlessly-complex setup procedure. To start with, there's online DRM on a juicer. Those who bought the juicer were required to setup an account and connect to a cloud-based service in order to activate it in the first place. Don't have easy access to an internet connection? Too bad. It was speculated by Bloomberg News and other sources during the machine's launch that the user information was being harvested by Google (which helped co-develop the machine) as a condition of funding the juicer in the first place.
- The machine itself is not actually a juicer, but a large press. The machine only worked with pre-approved, overpriced packets (the creators outright stated it would average to $10 per day and that this is somehow "cheap") that had to be ordered from Juicero's website and had a limited shelf life of less than two weeks. Not only were you paying more for the machine, but you had to sign up for a subscription plan. In the event that you couldn't (or didn't bother to) buy the packets, the machine became functionally useless.
- A QR code on each packet had to be scanned into the machine when you used it. The QR codes served to make sure people didn't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevented you from using spoiled juice packs). If you attempted to scan a QR code from an "expired" juice pack, the machine would brick and simply not work. Questions about how the codes would function in the event of a sudden food recall or other extenuating circumstance were never fully answered by the company.
- The company's fate was sealed when Bloomberg put out a damning feature in April 2017 showing that it wasn't even necessary to own a Juicero to get juice out of the packs. Merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the same amount of juice out, and faster than the machine would do it. CEO Jeff Dunn was roundly mocked for claiming that people who were squeezing the packs were "hacking" the product. Even Juicero's own investors didn't know what was happening, with two publicly claiming that they didn't realize the problems until they were highlighted by the media. Funding dried up within days, and the company quickly started hemorrhaging $4 million per month. By September 1, 2017, Juicero officially shut down and offered refunds to those who bought the product.
- The reason why it was so expensive is made clear by examining the hardware: the machine is filled with custom machined parts, expensive steel gears, a completely custom power supply (that had to have been certified, creating additional cost), expensive molded plastic for the sleek outer shell, and needlessly complicated design: it took over 23 parts just to hold the door closed. A lot of this is also due to the odd design choice of extracting the juice by spreading the force over the entire bag, like closing a book. Anyone with any knowledge of high school physics knows that pressure is inversely proportionate to surface area, meaning you need a lot more force and thus a much more powerful mechanism to provide the same amount of pressure, hence why the bags can be squeezed by hand. If it weren't for this textbook example of overengineering, the Juicero could have easily been sold for a fraction of the price.
- Cr1TiKaL highlighted everything wrong with the Juicero while watching its instructional video.
- The Handy Heater is advertised as a mini-stove designed to be as powerful as a heating fan or radiator and sold for $30. It is advertised that it would heat up rooms up to 5 square meters, but in reality it would struggle to heat even a closet. The problem is that it uses a lot of voltage and tends to overheat and turn off. It won't even work as a hair or hand dryer, and Freakin' Reviews agrees.
- The Italian Pokémon-themed magazine Pokémon World in the years passed many iterations, many name changes and a Dork Age (which details are found here) that spanned for four years, but in recent times had issues twice:
- First, the last issue of the original iteration (which was renamed Pokémon Mania at the time). While the actual last issue of the magazine is the March 2014 issue, after that the entire team behind it was fired for no reason from the publisher which made a final "issue" with no experience on the matter whatsoever: All the multi-parter articles that were still going on from last issue were stopped and replaced with stuff blatantly copy-pasted from the web (including an article leaving in a "click here and wait for the image to load" line), the belief that "Flash Fire" is not the name of an ability but the new name for the Fire Pokémon type (as in, "Vulpix is a Flashfire type Pokémon"), a third of the magazine being occupied by a bunch of super easy trivia questions written in a large font in order to fill more pages than it should (to say, trivia quizzes like that occupied half a page when they appeared in the classic issues) and generally half-assed everything.
- After the accident described above, they made a two-issues comeback from a different publisher named Pokémon Mag in 2015, and later they came back in full strength as Pika Mania in 2016, under yet another publisher. But then, the Pokémon Mag publisher decided to revive its iteration of the magazine... and it's very bad. Not only it suffers the same issues as the April 2014 issue of Pokémon Mania described above, but even worse: they give news that are already old like they were the latest thing (the September 2016 issue explained how Pokéstops work two months after Pokémon GO's release and talked about Solgaleo and Lunala as a brand new thing shown here for the first time, four months after they were unveiled) and the magazine also suffers of GIS Syndrome (many pictures found in the magazine either don't match the article - such as DVD covers in articles about the Trading Card Game - or are thumbnail previews taken from YouTube videos, not to mention that they keep using fanart taken from DeviantArt, including fanmade Mega Evolutions and alternate forms being used in every issue, passing them off as real stuff). Also, they keep giving aids on how to cheat at Pokémon Go, basically helping kids to get banned from the game as soon as possible.
- Maxim's 100 Cable Channels We Don't Want, for essentially the same reasons as AOL Radio's "100 Worst Songs Ever" list (see the horrible music subpage). Each channel's passage about it is completely uninformative and nondescript; for example, The CW's passage reads "Name five CW shows. (This is a trick question. Your ability to answer will greatly affect your chances of being invited to our basketball picnic.)". Not only that, but it goes even further on its qualifications for being SBIH, as the passages are uninformative and nondescript if the channel has a passage at all; none of the channels between TBS ("Good for Seinfeld and Family Guy reruns. That's it.") and BBC America ("Doctor Who isn’t very good. Everyone is lying to you. Trust us.") have any passage whatsoever, not even elitist nonsense (and no, the "joke" for HBO Signature doesn't count, since that wasn't formatted in the same way as the passages), and the last passage is for the entry after BBC America, Showtime 2 (never mind that except for the most insane cable providers, Signature and Showtime 2, along with the Plex and Encore sub-channels always come free with the main networks). Since these were the only ones after the 30th entry, that leaves 67 entries - approximately two thirds of the list - without a passage. The worst is that one entry near the end reading "Those strange channels that air foreign shows and have non-English subtitles", which fans of those channels and natives of foreign areas could argue are anything but unwanted; with this entry, the author comes off as ignorant at best and a xenophobic asshole at worst. At least the aforementioned AOL Radio list actually put uninformative nonsense next to every entry instead of giving up after the 30th entry. The entire article reads more or less like the author originally wrote it as "30 Cable Channels We Don't Want" but was contractually obligated to list 100, and as such pulled the other 70 entries out of their ass. There are also numerous other flaws that are worth mentioning, such as how lazy the list is and how the "jokes" sometimes come off as elitist remarks (like SoapNet's passage, which says "Soap operas are perfect for people who don’t know the Internet exists and/or can’t afford a hobby."), but listing all the problems would practically warrant a page of its own.
- What's more, a few of the channels listed here aren't even cable channels. For example, The CW, ABC, and PBS are all over-the-air networks...which you would get for free without cable anyway! Critical Research Failure doesn't even begin to describe this.
- Microsoft Windows Me (Millennium Edition): In addition to being a pointless stopgap between Windows 98 and Windows XP, this OS was a bug-ridden mess with terrible securitynote , horrible stabilitynote and very poor compatibility with older software. Its failure resulted in its much-better designed companion OS Windows 2000, originally intended for servers, businesses and expert users, becoming more widespread among the general public. Not surprisingly, Microsoft quickly abandoned Windows Me once Windows XP was releasednote , and it's now considered by many technology publications and critics to be one of the biggest misfires in computing history.
- As mentioned on Idiot Programming, the main cause of the infamous BSOD in Millennium Edition was due to it being a transitional OS, supporting the older driver types, and the new DLL system we all know today. It could support either of these adequately... but if a process called for both, it shat itself in spectacular fashion, resulting in a bluescreen and byzantine error code. (A good deal of the reason XP was significantly more stable, even while buggy on launch, was because it rejected the old system outright. Old programs being incompatible upsets people less than the whole OS going kaput.) That said, this is even more damning when this is exactly the sort of thing a transitional OS should be designed to handle.
- Microsoft Bob was designed for people new to computing. The desktop was designed as one of several rooms, with each application represented as an item in said room, and a "guide" character talked the user through whatever they were trying to do. The problems here were severalfold, but the most important: there were multiple complaints that the concept itself treated the user like a child, condescending to them in every way. What's more, Windows 95 debuted soon after Bob's release, proving to be just as - if not more - user-friendly than Bob without the childish overtones. Bob's only two legacies were the Comic Sans font (considered one of the ugliest fonts ever created) and the "guides", who became the notorious assistant characters in Microsoft Word (yes, this is where Clippy came from). On top of this, putting your password in wrong three times in a row would result in the system unlocking and recommending you change your password, which made having a password in the first place pointless.
- The U.S. version of Kitchen Nightmares reached almost memetic status when it featured Amy's Baking Company, a bistro in Scottsdale, Arizona owned by Amy and Samy Bouzaglo. The restaurant is a perfect example of how not to run a business in nearly every way possible. The Bouzaglos are spiteful egomaniacs who believe everyone is conspiring against them and have no respect for their staff or customers. They've picked fights with customers who complained about the awful service they received, to the point where the police had to be called in. Over 100 staff members have been hired and fired since the restaurant's opening, many of whom were culinary school graduates who had more cooking experience than the owner. One girl was fired in front of the camera because she dared to question Amy (she was actually asking Amy to confirm the table the meal was suppose to go to). Samy tried to defuse the situation by telling her that she isn't fired (which makes it the only nice thing he did in the episode).
They've also employed deceptive tactics such as stealing pictures of food off the internet to put in their menus and filling their shelves with desserts bought from other bakeries. Samy even confessed to pocketing every tip meant for the waitresses, an action that is illegal in the U.S. To top it all off, Amy herself is an incredibly incompetent chef, taking hours to poorly cook a meal for a single customer. To date, it remains the only episode in the history of the U.S. version where Gordon Ramsay called it quits and left before he could even begin to fix the place. If you're wondering how they manage to get customers at all, it's because they are right next to a movie theater.
Since the episode aired, some customers have become curious if it was actually that bad. It actually was. In fact, due to the nearly memetic response, the show went back to the bakery at the start of the following season. Keep in mind that they dedicated an entire episode to revisiting Amy; this has never happened before as revisit episodes feature multiple restaurants. In this case, however, Ramsay did not come along, which was probably for the best... because it looks like nothing changed at all. In July 2015, Amy's finally closed, but the owners intend to go into other cooking-related ventures...
- cpedia was a bizarre attempt by failed Google competitor Cuil to combine a search with an encyclopedia. Basically a search engine that would format the results as wiki-like pages, cpedia's pages were little more than incomprehensible, schizophrenic messes. Cuil (and by extension, cpedia) has since been put out of its misery, but many reports of its failure remain. But at least we got a meme out of it.
Nope, not even vanity plates are safe from being horrible.
- Boyd's Videos and Video Films, whose only known releases are The Mandarin Magician and Puma Man, used perhaps the most amateurish, incompetent vanity plate ever created. It's literally two slides on what appears to be an office projector kept up for way too long, separated by a pink screen, resulting in a logo which could have easily lasted 12 seconds taking almost a minute. Both slides are zoomed in way too far initially, forcing whoever created the logo to zoom out slowly and awkwardly, stopping constantly. The pink doesn't cover the whole screen, meaning you can see the slides being swapped, revealing that this was all done in one take. No wonder the Closing Logos Group called it "The Personification of All That is Truly Awful".
- Argentina has a dreadful track record when it comes to home video logos, but the logo Enterprise Producciones used takes the cake. It's literally another logo, that of Prism Entertainment, except it's paused near the end for Enterprise Producciones' logo to be overlaid, all while the (now awkwardly edited) music from the original logo plays. It's such absurdly blatant theft that it defies intelligent description. The Closing Logos Group unfavourably compared it to the logo Pioneer Films used for Manila Boy, another blatant logo theftnote .
- An Indian movie company called FADYO (short for "Film and Drama Youth Organization") used this rather cheap vanity plate that depicts a globe spinning in space... which is quite blatantly stolen from Universal's logo. The logo also steals music from The Beatles and uses it as its background music. And all that without even mentioning that the logo itself is so horrendous in quality that it looks less like an opening logo and more like a GIF. The Closing Logos Group gave it the nickname "What Happens When Money and Ideas are Not Abundant".
- The vanity plate for the Portuguese VHS company The Video Bancorp (skip to 0:48) is literally an off-screen photo of the logo, as drawn on a paint program, complete with the '90s CRT computer monitor bulge and the program's interface clearly visible on the sides. Needless to say, the Closing Logos Group didn't give it the nicknames "The Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing of Logos" and "Boyd's Video's Worse and More Obscure Cousin" for nothing.note Interestingly, due to the design of the logo, the Closing Logos Group originally misinterpreted the "thanks you for using our product" part of the logo as a grammatically incorrect sentence due to the use of "thanks you".