Today's Doofus is from Germany.
A 76-year-old man trying to thaw out his car incinerated it instead when he decided to speed things up by putting a blow heater under the bonnet.
Police said the man left the heater on next to the frozen windscreen washer tank and returned indoors. Shortly afterwards he heard two explosions and returned to find the car on fire.
He alerted fire services, who arrived in time to prevent the flames destroying his house. Including charring of the building, total damages were estimated at £35,000.
"He burned the vehicle out completely," said a spokesman for police in the German city of Hildesheim.
Well, he certainly thawed it out . . . just a bit too thoroughly!