Archive for the ‘Weird news’ Category

I have a mole on my face that—if left untended—sprouts enough hairs to resemble a small tarantula. I also have downy cheek fuzz that makes me look a bit like an Ewok. And to add insult to injury, my furriness seems to be increasing with age. All of this to explain why I was searching […]


It would be hard to estimate how much money I’ve wasted on eBay. Most of my mistakes have been minor, thank goodness. Others—a Coach purse, some Timberland boots, and a handful of cameras—I’ve been able to resell. But a couple of my eBay purchases have been so hideous that the only appropriate response was to […]


When I (grudgingly) joined Facebook last year, one of the things that most surprised me was how much news my friends posted. Actual news news! But—as interesting as the articles have been—they’ve consistently paled in comparison to my friends’ witty commentaries. “I wonder how he’ll stay hydrated,” wrote one journalist buddy of the headline Harry […]


My first byline was an obituary. It was 1997 and I was working on the City Desk at the local paper. “We’re short an obit writer today,” the editor said. “Want to fill in?” I no longer remember the name of the deceased. But I do remember having to write a correction for the following […]


I feel terrible. If only I’d seen Thessa’s Facebook invitation—and if only I’d been in Hamburg—I’d gladly have stopped by to help her celebrate her birthday. Sing with me, everyone: Hoch soll sie leben! Oh, well … she probably didn’t miss me. Because 15,000 other people said they were coming, and 1,500 actually showed up. […]


To my faithful subscribers: I’ve been pretty disciplined about starting a post every day, but I haven’t always finished my drafts. Please forgive a few extra entries as I go back in time to wrap up some loose ends. I know only a couple of men who sport facial hair. And of these, my favorite […]


My friend Tom (aka., “The Blogfodder”) sent me a wonderful post from Deadspin last night: The New York Times Pushes Up Its Glasses, Issues Nerdiest Correction Ever “An item in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey […]


I’ve been waiting for years to use Schadenfreude in print, and finally I’ve found the perfect occasion: the Found Footage Festival. (In a nutshell … Two guys scour garage sales and second-hand stores for discarded VHS tapes, and then edit their finds together into an annual feature-length film.) My friend Laurice discovered the FFF last […]


It’s been a long day and I have nothing left, so I hope my three readers will forgive a bit of news aggregation instead of my usual rambling examination of life. There’s a ton going on in the news, of course: New Zealand is dealing with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and a Dutch […]


Yesterday I heard about a woman who fell into a shopping mall fountain because she was text-messaging (“texting”) while walking. Today I heard that she has hired a lawyer, and plans to sue. Among her allegations: She feels humiliated. Hmmm. The video didn’t identify her by name. But now she’s (very publicly) taking legal action. […]