Mar 1, 2013

People are Funny Creatures

During this season of Lent perhaps we might take a week and look at the hilarity of some of our fellow citizens. It is often those who take themselves the most seriously that are the most humorous. Sometimes journalists are one such group. Of course, our church has several very fine and kind of famous journalists, yet some of their colleagues can goof from time to time.

Some journalists (not our people) are fond of often discussing the “public’s right to know,” but on occasion their journalistic tendencies often verge on voyeurism. It is often amusing to me to hear journalists defend their work in every case as hard journalism. Hard journalists want their readers to take them seriously. To show the hilarity of people who take themselves too seriously, I offer these fourteen news headlines and allow you to judge the profundity of hard journalism:

* Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

* Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Counter

* Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

* Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

* Deer Kill 17,000

* Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told

* Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

* New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Groups

* Include Your Children when Baking Cookies

* Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

* Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

* Prostitutes Appeal to Pope

* Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

* Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

I love this stuff—even during Lent.

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