IT’S A WACKY, WACKY WORLD
When the news becomes too grim and depressing, as it is now, and public voices are quivering with gloom and doom, I look for a haven of harmless nuttiness.
I do this by asking someone who isn’t easily embarrassed to go to a supermarket and get the latest copy of the tabloid Weekly World News.
What makes the stories so much fun to read are the headlines. You won’t see any yawners like “Arms Reduction Talks Scheduled to Resume” or “New Economic Data Report Promised.”
Their headlines are grabbers. In the current issue, there’s one that says:
“Dandruff Sets Man’s Hair On Fire!”
As it turns out, it wasn’t really the dandruff that turned Timothy Tilbrook’s hair into “a roaring inferno,” as the story put it, but fumes from a dandruff lotion he had been rubbing into his scalp. Mr. Tilbrook, a male nurse in
And there is a headline about an unusual couple:
“Wife shot hubby in the head
“And he didn’t know it for four days!”
Yes, it happened in
But it was his own fault, really. His wife had left a note. As the story said: “He hadn’t seen his wife’s note, which read: Bill, you’ve been shot. Call 911.’ “
There is another headline that says: “Famed Swami will show you how to FLY LIKE A BIRD in 10 Easy Steps.”
The 10 steps are too lengthy for me to repeat here, but by the time you get to step 9, the swami, who looks like an ancient old bird himself, says: “Gradually increase distance and speed and challenge yourself with more and more difficult destinations. Try for tops of houses, treetops, mountain slopes. Do not allow setbacks to discourage you.” By setbacks, I guess he means being sucked into an airplane engine.
The source of the taunting and mockery of Mr. Quayle for his “Murphy Brown Speech” is the New Class, which in the
It’s good sport, notwithstanding the fact that They somehow keep winning presidential championships.
-“Review & Outlook”
The Wall Street Journal
LIBERALS: A TRIBUTE
Liberals hate wealth, they say, on grounds of economic injustice-as though prosperity were a pizza, and if I have too many slices, you’re left with nothing but a Domino’s box to feed your family. Even Castro and Kim II Sung know this to be nonsense. Any rich man does more for society than all the jerks pasting VISUALIZE WORLD PEACE bumper stickers on their cars. The worst leech of a merger-and-acquisitions lawyer making That’s $100,000 worth of education, charity or U.S. Marines. And the Marine Corps does more to promote world peace than all the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream ever made.
-P.J. O’Rourke The American Spectator
Companies have used the term “restructuring” for a while now as a euphemism for layoffs. Time magazine passes on some new phrases corporations have used to explain their cutbacks:
National Semiconductor “reshaped” its work force.
Digital was gripped by “involuntary methodologies.”
Bank of America “released resources.” Wal-Mart executed “a normal payroll adjustment.”
-Chicago Tribune wires
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
A friend writes:
I was walking down Prince Street the other day, and a little boy, maybe 6 or 7 years old, yelled down at me from a fire escape: “Excuse me, has anybody told you that you look like Michelle Pfeiffer?” “Why, no,” I said delightedly. “No one has ever told me that.”
“I didn’t think so,” the boy said.
-The New York Times
FIRST THINGS FIRST
On making movies based on family values rather than violence, sex and obscenity: