"An obituary on Tuesday about Harold Ramis, the director, writer and actor, described incorrectly a scene from the movie 'Caddyshack,' which he directed. In it, a clergyman is struck by lightning when he curses after missing a putt during the best golf game of his life, not when he thanks God."
"Tory MP Shailesh Vara and Labour's Caroline Flint's heated debate about banking bonuses was momentarily halted as the song Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen started blarring out from Nick Robinson's iPad on BBC's Daily Politics show. The two MPs were on the show with host Andrew Neil and the BBC political editor reviewing Prime Minister's Questions, when out of the blue, their discussion of banker's bonuses was interrupted by the Nick Robinson's tablet ringtone playing the soft rock hit."
1. Back in May, at around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, a man stopped me on a busy street in the Financial District of New York City. We were under blue scaffolding, partially shaded from the bright, sunny day. He motioned for me to take my headphones out of my ears—a Strokes song was playing—and after I did, he said in a low tone, "Give me your phone and your wallet."
2. I smiled. I tried to move out of his way. He got into my way again.
3. I asked, "Are you joking?"
4. He poked me in my side. I looked down and saw the barrel [...]
"Just like Paris Hilton ruined Amnesia in Ibiza, another vomit-inducing narcissist of the fake celebrity world has decided to ruin everything sacred in the scene we know and love." —Guess who. GUESS! [Via]
"Ray Charles was once a guest at New York's Carlyle hotel and was prepared an off-menu steak by the staff at 3 a.m. An article on the hotel in the September issue of WSJ. Magazine incorrectly said it was Stevie Wonder."
"BBC apologises after it broadcasts music video picture of Prince William with a penis, comedy glasses and a moustache drawn on his head"
"A seemingly uninspiring wood surprises with fritillary delights was amended to replace the picture. The image now shows a pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, which the author saw on his walk, not its near relation the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly."
"Philadelphia Eagles football player Brent Celek has 2 Chainz on his music playlist. A What's Your Workout? column in Tuesday's Personal Journal incorrectly said Two Chairs is on the list."
"Over time, Amis, who died in 1995, descended into alcoholism and unpleasantness." —It is unfortunate that Kingsley Amis takes up so much space in Elizabeth Jane Howard's obituary, and I am just as terrible for making this the part I pull out from it, so do read the Cazelet Chronicles (if you can hold off for a bit they will probably omnibus them all into one large paperback or whatever your electronic book format of choice is), but wow is that a devastating sentence. And probably a worrying prediction of the future for some of us.
It had been six months since I quit, but I still managed to bring up the blog within 15 minutes of meeting Lauren.
We were at my go-to first date spot, a subterranean bar with shuffleboard and ping-pong in case the conversation flagged. When she asked what I did for a living, I dispatched with my day job in a few sentences before admitting, with false embarrassment, that I was also an aspiring writer.
The required follow-up question—"What kind of stuff do you write?"—was barely out of her mouth before I slipped into my spiel: "It’s a little embarrassing, but I used to be a dating blogger for Glamour [...]
"Some of Google's Gchat and Hangout users are having their communications rerouted to unintended recipients. The glitch is causing unrest among those who rely on the two Google services (reasonably so), and could potentially be a serious breach of data." Google claims the issue has been resolved, but that probably comes too late for you to mend those friendships that have been irrevocably destroyed, right?
"Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has apologized for postponing an execution scheduled for Tuesday to accommodate a campaign fundraiser."
"An article on Monday about a recall election facing Colorado lawmakers who supported gun-control legislation referred incorrectly to one of the Republican challengers expected to face John Morse, the State Senate president, on the ballot. The candidate, Bernie Herpin, is a former city councilman, not an author of erotic novels. (Jaxine Bubis, a novelist turned politician, has dropped out of the race.)"
You know how when you run into someone on the street who you haven't seen for years and you are asking them questions about their life and what they're up to now and how people you associate with them that you have lost touch with are doing, you are really secretly checking that person out and looking for all the signs of aging that time has done to his or her body and face, and then you suddenly realize that he or she is doing the exact same thing to you? There ought to be a German word for that, that moment of shocking awareness that you are just as [...]
"A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said."
"An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a movie Mr. Goldstein starred in. It is 'Al Goldstein & Ron Jeremy Are Screwed,' not 'Al Goldstein & Ron Jeremy Get Screwed.'"
"A man was forced to call the emergency services after a toilet roll holder got stuck up his bottom at his house in Newport, South Wales."
"'This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went to air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it,' said a spokeswoman for BBC News. 'In the rush of live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.' Mr McCoy has previously been seen on screen briefly resting his head on his desk when the [...]
This weekend the AP erroneously claimed that Nine Inch Nails covered "Hurt," a song by Johnny Cash. Fortunately, it provided a terrific opportunity for everyone on the Internet—music bloggers in particular—to show how compassionate and restrained they could be in noting the mistake. To be fair, the weather yesterday was kind of lousy and summer was dying an abrupt death, so no one was in a good mood.
"A film review on Wednesday about the documentary 'More Than Honey' referred incorrectly to a discussion of the history of raising a hardy Alpine breed of black bee at the beginning of the film, and misidentified the person who believes in the 'racial purity' of the black bee and says it is threatened by a yellow striped bee. While Markus Imhoof, the director, is descended from a long line of Swiss beekeepers and discusses his family’s history, the discussion of the black bee is about the raising of the breed by a Swiss beekeeper, Fred Jaggi, not about the Imhoof clan’s raising of that bee. And it is Mr. Jaggi, [...]