Monday, July 14, 2008

"Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out Of Control," Best of the Web!

A while back, I cited an AP article (link) titled "Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out Of Control," and made fun of it. Well, I wasn't alone in noticing the absurdity of that concept, being spun as a news story. James Taranto at the WSJ "Best of the Web" column has now dedicated a whole segment of his column under this title. I'm excerpting all of the ones I can find right now, but you should look him up, if you like to laugh with your political commentary.

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control

    • "Experts: Rattlesnake Venom Becoming More Potent"--headline, KCNC-TV Web site (Denver), July2
    • "Swimming in Drag to Help the Poor"--headline, The
      American Spectator
      Web site, July8

    • "Agriculture Linked to Frog Sexual Abnormalities"--headline, University of Florida press release, July5

    • "U.S. Agent Fires at 3 in Sleepy Town on Quebec-Vermont Border"--headline,, July7

    • "Uncertainty Aplenty as Web, Media Leaders Convene"--headline, Associated Press, July7

    • "A Massive Threat to National Security May Be in Your Computer"--headline, WTOP-FM Web site (Washington), July8
    • "Everything Is Done at Top Speed. We Need to Slow Down Before We Have a Global
      Nervous Breakdown"--headline, Guardian (London), July 8

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control, continued...

  • "Cow Burps Help Argentines Study Climate Change"--headline, Reuters, July10
  • "Cow Farts Collected in Plastic Tank for Global Warming Study"--headline, Daily Telegraph (London), July9

  • "Rabbit Ripper Shocks Germany"--headline, BBC Web
    site, July9

  • "Flight Delayed After Ticks Found on Plane"--headline, United Press International, July9

  • "Internet Flaw Could Let Hackers Take Over the Web"--headline, Agence France-Presse, July9
  • "USA Virtually Takes Mankind Back to Barbaric Medieval Ages"--headline, Pravda, July10

  • "The World Is Becoming a Happier Place: Study"--headline, Agence France-Presse, July 9

Maybe the French are on to something. Probably not. Everything seemingly is spinning out of control! OH, NO! Was I asleep? Were you? Is it the end of the world, as we know it?

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