The New York Times like you haven't read it yet...

I originally tripped upon this mock New York Times page yesterday and thought it real until I began to peruse the headlines. Below is an extract of the Fine Print section. It explains what is behind this amazingly thorough effort. You will find that all the links are enabled. Do not miss out on the article titled Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge.

"This special edition of The New York Times comes from a future in which we are accomplishing what we know today to be possible.

The dozens of volunteer citizens who produced this paper spent the last eight years dreaming of a better world for themselves, their friends, and any descendants they might end up having. Today, that better world, though still very far away, is finally possible — but only if millions of us demand it, and finally force our government to do its job."

From - Whose Line Is It Anyway?

I have never once seen this show on the television. Only online do I ever manage to catch their improvisational genius. Check out this segment Called scenes from a hat. Funny stuff.

The Oracle at Delphi was never this good.

Sometime in October of 2007, John Bird and John Fortune of the British satirical show Bremer, Bird and Fortune, which is Broadcast through Britain's Channel Four Network, did this satirical skit. Listen, weep or laugh...

So much to learn, so little time.

A few weeks ago I did a post titled Language Orgy. I sincerely do not know HOW I could have missed this particular site then but I thought I would add it here anyway.

From the website -"Wordie lets you make lists of words and phrases. Words you love, words you hate, words on a given topic, whatever. Lists are visible to everyone but can be added to by just you, a group of friends, or anyone, as you wish."

There is another site similar to Wordie which, if I had to explain as succinctly as Wordie explains itself, could only be described as Like Flickr, but with video. Try Wordia out. You'll love it.

For if you missed it - they were people worth knowing about:

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose searching interviews with ordinary Americans helped establish oral history as a serious genre, and who for decades was the voluble host of a popular radio show in Chicago, died Friday at his home there. He was 96."

You may read his New York Times obituary here.


Yves Boucau/European Pressphoto Agency

“When you hear this message, I will no longer be there,” the voice, characteristically spirited, confident, just a little bit cheeky and familiar to all of France, said on a tape released this week.

The words were those of Sister Emmanuelle, a nun revered for her work with the disenfranchised, especially among the garbage-scavengers of Cairo, and renowned for her television appearances in France as an advocate for the poor. She died Monday at a retirement home operated by her order, the Congregation of Notre-Dame de Sion, in Callian, in the south of France."

You may read the remainder of her New York Times obituary here.

Via Joe Stirt at Book of Joe


Hope you had a great weekend everyone.



  1. The Whose Line is it Anyway vid. made me laugh so much I cried. I do miss those guys! Thank-you.

  2. In earlier times, to deliver this many gigabytes of data in a news outlet would have required one own their own TV station. You deliver it all in a single post.
    I am so going to check out the word sites. Thank you!

  3. What a terrific mix of news and laughs, I really appreciated the obituary of Sister Emmanuelle, how wonderful a life. I particulary liked this line: “In telling of my life — all of my life — I wanted to bear witness that love is more powerful than death,”

  4. Ohhh, this is a quote from the end of Sister Emm's obituary that's also very nice:

    "In 1996, Sister Emmanuelle appeared on the popular television program “Bouillon de Culture,” on which she was asked by the host, Bernard Pivot, to name her favorite word. (Mr. Pivot’s interview technique was borrowed by James Lipton for “Inside the Actors Studio.”) She replied with the Arabic word that, idiomatically translated, means “Let’s go.”

    “Yallah,” she said.

    Then he asked for a word she hated, and she replied in English.

    “Stop,” she said.

  5. I watched Whose Line faithfully! What clever, amazing guys (and gals). I miss that show.

  6. Roger Ebert was a friend of Studs, and has an article about him posted to his website, here.


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