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Journalist fired for plagiarizing article about plagiarism

From the Daily Toreador via Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!:

On Jan. 31, The Daily Toreador's editorial board was made aware by a Texas Tech faculty member of an instance of plagiarism.


Half of UK Men Would Give Up Sex For 50-Inch Plasma TV

From Reuters via Consumerist:

Nearly half of British men surveyed would give up sex for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV, a survey -- perhaps unsurprisingly carried out for a firm selling televisions -- said on Friday.


Bush's missionary position

W.H.D. Koerner's painting 'A Charge to Keep'

I heard on the January 26 episode of "Wait Wait... Don't Tell me!" about President Bush's misconceptions about the favorite painting he hung in the Oval Office. According to The Bush Tragedy:


Astrological magazine closed "due to unforseen circumstances"

We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the publication of The Astrological Magazine will cease with the December 2007 issue.  All unexpired subsription amounts will be refunded shortly. We thank all our subscribers for their kind co-operation in this matter


Only in New York

From the New York Times (January 9, 2008):

Two men were arrested on Tuesday after pushing a corpse, seated in an office chair, along the sidewalk to a check-cashing store to cash the dead man's Social Security check.

Some comments by my co-workers:

In Chicago they would have been taking him to vote. -- Bart Locanthi

In LA, it would have been a movie screening's focus group -- Bryan Baker




Both from Consumerist:


What's wrong with this ad?

Grocery store display: Delicious for Chanukah: boneless spiral ham

Via Consumerist

Happy Hannukah!


On ascertaining the age and death of animals, plants, and people

I saw the headline "Scientists discover, kill oldest creature" not in The Onion but in the newspaper. From The Guardian Online (Oct. 29):

A clam that lived on the seabed in the frigid waters off Iceland's north coast has been hailed as the longest-lived animal ever discovered.

HDTV provides too much detail

According to The Consumerist, ratings plummeted for the TV show Desperate Housewives after high definition television (HDTV) "let viewers see the stars' wrinkles and age-lines in true detail". Fortunately, technology has a cure for the problems wrought by technology: airbrushes, now being used to precisely apply make-up and cover any imperfections. (I consider this the greatest use of technology to counter technology since the snooze alarm neutralized the alarm clock.)


Lead-tainted toys sent as apology for lead-tainted toys

After toy-maker RC2's recall of lead-tainted Thomas & Friends toys, customers received an apology and a bonus gift, which has since been recalled for lead contamination.

Consumerist, which ran the story, comments: "That's pathetic. Maybe the apology toys for these ones will contain polio.".



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