"The British use of understatement and satire is thought to originate from the Vikings, typically noted for raping and pillaging throughout history, when they brought trade from across the world to British shores."
Heads up, in just one week, you won't be able to called Justin Bieber "a teen" anymore.
— LW (@lindseyweber) February 25, 2014
If you have one of those jobs where this is the kind of information that may be important to you it is very probable that you know this already, but a reminder never hurts. As for the rest of you, hopefully some advance warning will make the transition easier to handle.
"A front-page article last weekend called Google Plus a ghost town. Since then, dozens of the very passionate ghosts who hang out there have let me know that, in fact, it is a lively, conversation-filled place that is unlike any other Internet social network."
"Because of an editing error, an article on Thursday about the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, a wealthy backer of Hillary Rodham Clinton, misstated the type of factory that was visited by Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the ambassador to Ukraine. It is a metallurgical mill, not a meteorological mill."
"The birthday of what’s called the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War – a storm [...]
Have you ever been in a strange city for, say, just one day, but you decide you're going to make the most of it and see all of that city's Things To See? So you get a map and you rush from museum to public art installation to famous park to site of historical event to tallest skyscraper to point of high elevation where you can see all those other things. By the end of the day you've torn your map and are exhausted and thirsty and disillusioned because the Empire State Building is basically a medium-ugly art deco office building.
Do that on skis, on the side of [...]
"An article last Thursday about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preference for New York designers referred incorrectly to the blue Corneliani suit that he bought at Rothmans in the spring of 2013 during his mayoral campaign. Mr. de Blasio wore it at his inauguration, but not on primary and election nights."
"Peter Glickman, who helped revive the cleanse in a 2004 book, writes that the first three days are the hardest and that serenity, euphoria and mental clarity set in after about Day Eight. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Hensrud says it could be incipient starvation instead."
"An article on Friday about Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi, a Saudi detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using information from a military spokesman, misidentified the source of the pistachio-colored tie that Mr. Darbi wore at the court hearing in which he pleaded guilty to terrorism-related offenses involving a 2002 attack by Al Qaeda on a French-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. It was given to him by his civilian lawyer, Ramzi Kassem; Mr. Darbi did not select it from a bag of ties made available to detainees for such hearings."
"Look at this place; it’s got everything: a DJ playing Ray Charles, fancy cocktails. It’s like hipster catnip."
There is an old joke that goes something like this: A guy calls his bookie and says, “Okay, how’d I do on the baseball game?”
"Terrible," says the bookie. "You lost ten grand."
"Ten grand? Shit. Well, I must have broken even on football."
"No way," says the bookie. "There was an interception that totally screwed you on the spread."
"SHIT SHIT SHIT" screams the guy. "What about the basketball game?"
"Don’t even ask," says the bookie.
The guy starts weeping. “Where am I gonna find thirty frigging grand? What am I gonna tell my wife? What the hell am I gonna do?”
"Well," says the bookie, "you can always [...]
"There’s a lot of interest in America in things like early childhood education and how we can intervene early in a child’s life. It would be wrong to conclude that we should give up on all of this, but the amount of change that’s feasible from intervention is tiny—you’re going to be operating on the margins of a much deeper process of social mobility. Modern Sweden, which has very high levels of these types of interventions, has not managed to increase rates of social mobility above that of medieval England, which had none of these government interventions. Or look at post-revolutionary China. Despite the fact that Mao tried to radically [...]
"A graphic last Sunday about adulterated olive oil sold as 'extra virgin' contained several errors. Olives that are used in substandard oil are typically milled days, weeks or even months after being picked — not 'within hours.' The graphic conflated two dubious practices that can be found in parts of the olive oil industry. Some unscrupulous producers mix olive oil with soybean or other cheap oils, while others mix vegetable oils with beta carotene and chlorophyll to produce fake olive oil; the two practices are not always combined. Olive oil bottled in Italy and sold in the United States may be labeled 'packed in [...]
"An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir '12 Years a Slave' became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as'a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.')"
We are living in a golden age for breathless hyperbole. It is the default mode of online headlines.
— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) February 24, 2014
This man is probably not wrong but I wish he were a little more insistent in his argument. I want so much certainty and conviction that I don't even have to think about whether or not the contention is correct.
"Nothing in life matters quite as much as you think it does while you are thinking about it" except loud noise and chronic pain. Everything else is details.
Here is a nightclub bouncer analogy that should help you understand how caffeine works.
"An article last Thursday about a couple’s 704-square-foot home referred incorrectly to the organisms found on the roof. They are plants, which makes them flora, not fauna."