October 30, 2008
Two artists on Wednesday installed a 1,500-pound ice sculpture that spelled the word “Economy” in Manhattan’s financial district.
The “Main Street Meltdown” was to remain in Foley Square until it melted — about 24 hours. By Wednesday evening, the E and the C had already thawed and vanished.
Artists say an ice sculpture is a literal representation of the nation’s financial crisis.
Grammar nazis, however, say that that’s an entirely incorrect usage of the word “literal.”
September 29, 2008
I couldn’t help but notice the juxtaposition about the following two articles about Nepal’s Maoist government today:
Why Maoists are taking a dim view of Miss Nepal contest – Would-be beauty queens in Nepal express their disappointment over the postponement of the Miss Nepal contest for the sixth time this year.
Maoists appoint ‘living goddess’ – Nepal’s Maoist-led government authorises a six-year-old girl to be a “living goddess” in a town near Kathmandu.
One of the reasons for postponing the beauty contest is that it “demeans women.” On the flip side, I guess, technically, it’s not demeaning to a woman to be appointed a goddess. But it’s not like she was chosen for her “great personality:” the article says one of the requirements is to have “32 beautiful physical attributes.” Including “eyelashes like a cow.” Try that one on the little lady next time, guys.
September 3, 2008
Found in BBC News:
An attempt to kill Pakistan’s PM could be a warning shot.
Actually, according to Wikipedia, a warning shot is “a harmless artillery shot or gunshot intended to call attention and demand some action.” So an attempt to kill someone is, by definition, not a warning shot.
August 29, 2008
Australian hikers following a trail in Papua New Guinea find the suspected remains of a WWII airman hanging in a tree.
Doesn’t a trail imply that people have walked on it? You know, like some time more recently than WWII?
August 25, 2008
North Korea has reportedly invented a noodle that delays hunger, amid UN warnings of possible famine.
If this isn’t good PR, I don’t know what is. Delays hunger? I always wished that my food would do that! …instead of…what food usually does…?
August 20, 2008
I held off on posting this as long as I could, but things have only gotten worse.
The BBC’s news feed is actually kinda funny to read, because all the headlines are almost exactly the same length – about five words. Space limits – I understand that. But now some of them are even shorter. And it’s not that they aren’t complete sentences – it’s that they aren’t thoughts. They’re more like topics – they don’t communicate any information. Here’s a sampling:
“New reality? That seems like something I would have noticed!” Attention, BCC: you are a news outlet, not an encyclopedia.