Derp! [Updated!]

Copy editing FAIL

I died of many laughters:

Open Thread.

UPDATE: TooManyJens pointed out that this is an old headline from a student newspaper. I reckon it’s making the rounds again because of this:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said definitively on Monday that President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill will not be brought to the floor as a package, despite repeated calls from the White House to move on his legislation.
“The president continues to say, ‘Pass my bill in its entirety,’ and as I’ve said from the outset, the all-or-nothing approach is just unacceptable, and I think from a purely practical standpoint, the president’s got some whipping to do on his own side of the aisle,” Cantor told reporters.
Instead, Cantor said the House will move forward on legislative initiatives in October in which there is some agreement between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue: making permanent the 3 percent withholding provision for government contractors included in Obama’s jobs bill; passage of three long-stalled trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea; further repeal of regulations restricting business; and a bill coming out of the Financial Services Committee that will increase small business owners’ access to capital.
“All of these things the president has spoken about and represents areas of commonality where we can boost economic growth and produce an environment for job creation,” Cantor said.
Movement on the trade bills is the most significant announcement. Aides to Cantor said a more detailed announcement was expected as early as Monday afternoon outlining how Congress will move forward on the trade pacts.

Phew! A quick save by me. I’m totally current, y’all. You’ve heard about “lolcats,” right?

[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]

75 replies
  1. 1
    MariedeGournay says:


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    PhoenixRising says:

    Citation or it’s photoshopped.

    There is no editor that backward in America. Seriously?

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    trollhattan says:

    Hah! That’s not fail, baby, that’s WIN (as in somebody snuck that by, successfully). Nominee for BJ rotating header status.

    Nice catch. :-)

  4. 4

    An oldie, but a goody…

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    evinfuilt says:

    “Excuse me while I whip this out” – Obama

  6. 6
    taylormattd says:

    I’m trying to figure out how ABL’s trolls will spin this.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Pretty much gets to the meat o’ the matter, doesn’t it?* Hell, it kind of sums up the last three years.

    *What I did there, U see it?

    ETA: @TooManyJens: Holy crap, you see? It’s from January 2009! And it’s still true in late 2011.

  9. 9
    Amir Khalid says:

    What newspaper is that from?

  10. 10
    Culture of Truth says:

    What’s wrong with that headline?

  11. 11
    singfoom says:

    Wow. That’s just got so many angles….

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    MikeJ says:

    @TooManyJens: Getting a funny headline into an independent student newspaper isn’t really a coup.

    Still a nice gag.

  13. 13
    Amir Khalid says:

    Didn’t see your comment until I’d submitted mine. Thanks.

  14. 14
    Ben Cisco says:

    McArdle’s doing copy editing now?

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    fasteddie9318 says:

    @taylormattd: Well clearly she’s using this newspaper “headline” to continue to shame Godly Real Americans by perpetuating the femislamunistofascist myth that the male organ can extend beyond the three inches that we know is its physical limit. Jesus’ General clued me into this kind of garbage a long time ago.

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    tom says:

    The article is from the Eastern Echo, the student newspaper of Eastern Michigan University. It originally ran a couple of years ago, but makes the rounds every so often.

    EDIT: TooManyJens #7 beat me to it.

    And, by the way, though the article’s author and I share the same name, I am not he.

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    ruemara says:

    But enough about Obama’s package, how’s the voter registration drive going?

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    RalfW says:

    That’s actually copy editing success. It is, however, senior editor fail.

    Copy editors often try to work in headlines that are clever, this one’s just a bit more edgy than some. Senior news editors fairly often put the quash on the fun. Not sure how this got thru.

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    Catsy says:

    That’s an oldie but a goodie. And it works on so many levels.

    I spent the last four days having a blast at BrickCon 2011, a convention for adult Lego enthusiasts that happens every year around this time at the Seattle Center. Along with 500 other AFOLs, I exhibited a number of my creations (including my Lego GLaDOS, from Portal 2), got to spend time with out-of-state (and -country) friends I only get to see at BC, and came home with much loot.

    I still get a little weirded out at the whole experience of having fans. I pose for pictures and things like that when they ask because it’s meaningful to them, but it always feels a little uncomfortable and pretentious.

    Oh, and for the third year in a row my arms are killing me from toting this rifle around for the public hours on Sat and Sun. I swear, this will be the year that I build myself a shoulder strap for it. I just need a few thousand 4L bars and U-clips…

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    Geoduck says:


    Not sure how this got thru.

    From my limited experience in the field, when you’re frantically pasting the paper together at two in the morning so you can get it off to the printers, it’s real easy for stuff to get through.

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    Lili Von Shtupp: Tell me, schatze, is it twue what they say about the way you people are… gifted?
    [sound of zipper opening]
    Lili Von Shtupp: Oh, it’s twue. It’s twue. It’s twue, it’s twue!

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It’s a pity that you’d never see this sort of headline in a stuffy, full-of-itself Newspaper Of Record like the New York Times. You don’t need it on every story, since that would kill the joke by overuse; but it would certainly put a smile on a reader’s face. And who knows, that might sell an extra copy or two.

  24. 24
    frogspawn says:

    I still like the BBC Web classic “Naked Playboy Airwoman Faces Probe” from a few years back. I wish I’d taken a screenshot because it wasn’t up long.

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    Catsy says:

    By the way, I utterly failed to get any BrickCon photographs the entire time–I told myself I’d do that on Sunday before public hours, overslept, and then found that my camera battery had drained completely anyway. Next time I get my photos in on Friday or Saturday so that I have time to go home and charge if I need to.

    Nonetheless, I did manage to find a nice shot of GLaDOS taken by someone else on Flickr. When I originally photographed her to post online, I built an ugly, makeshift Technic support structure to hold her up that was never intended to be seen. So when it came time for BrickCon, I realized I had no way to display her to the public without using that horrible Technic frame. In the space of a few hours on Friday (and after running home to grab parts) I managed to throw together a decent-looking support structure, and paired it with my custom Chell minifig and an older Portal vignette to make a scene that I think came out really well:

    Lego Portal/GLaDOS at BrickCon 2011

    Photo credit to Kelly McKiernan; link goes to his photostream. More BrickCon photos in the BrickCon group pool.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    I remember being informed back in the ’80’s that the Boston Bruins had been reduced to using their backup goalie when the Herald greeted us with “Bruins To Play Series With Peeters Out.”

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Davis X. Machina:
    So, did they?

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    boss bitch says:

    I always knew that was the problem.

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    ABL says:

    @TooManyJens: i’m slow on my memes, yo.

  31. 31
    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    ABL. I looked for you at the San Pedro Fish Market!

  32. 32
    TooManyJens says:

    @ABL: That’s OK, it’s still applicable.

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    John Weiss says:

    @frogspawn: It’s still on the web.

    Silliness on parade.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Amir Khalid: Yes. But it was damned uncomfortable. Ice hockey involves, you know, ice.

    AP had a classic in the late ’70’s from the early probes sent to the outer planets: “Satellite Reveals Gaseous Rings May Circle Uranus”. That one was on the fridge for years.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @ABL: We were in LA and went to that nutty eatery in San Pedro. My pal flew down from Bezerkely to the Long Beach Airport so we was just bumpin around that area.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    I, and my circle of regular once a week have dinner together friends, were all hoping beyond hope that those would be Obama’s first words into the microphone on 20 January 2009.

    Alas, didn’t happen. But wouldn’t it have been utterly boss if it were?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    An actual sports section headline during the 70’s in The Oregonian, for an OSU/SoCal basketball game:

    “Beavers unimpressed by Trojans.”

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    giltay says:

    (Clearly ABL is not aware of all internet traditions.)

    @AA+ Bonds: The headline reminds me of this song from Do Peterson’s biostatics dissertation.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @low-tech cyclist:

    The punch line, never heard in the final cut is:

    “Ma’am, you’re sucking on my arm”

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    Gromit says:


    Catsy, if you don’t mind my asking, how do you accumulate all the parts for your lego models? Do you just buy thousands of dollars in kits? Do you use DesignByMe to stock up on specialized pieces? Is there some kind of gray-market in individual pieces?

    I’ve spent more money on Lego kits for my son than I care to contemplate, including the Hero factory sets, which offer a pretty awesome variety of pieces, and I still have most of my old pieces from when I was a kid, but I still can’t imagine being able to put together anything like what guys like you do.

    Speaking of which, I’m sure you’ve seen this, but this is pretty incredible.

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    JGabriel says:

    National Journal:

    Instead, Cantor said the House will move forward on legislative initiatives in October in which there is some agreement between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue: … further repeal of regulations restricting business protecting consumers

    Minor fix for a typo there. Don’t know why Republicans always make that mistake.


  43. 43
    El Cid says:

    Half of Republican internet fankids don’t know what “GOP” stands for, but By God, don’t you get in between them and their e-bumperstickers!

    Just more than half of Republicans (51 percent) and 45 percent of Americans overall correctly identify the meaning of “G.O.P.” as Grand Old Party. The second most popular choice, with 35 percent of the overall vote, was “Government of the People.”
    “Grumpy Old People” received 7 percent of the vote, “God’s Own Party” 3 percent, and 1 percent thought the abbreviation stood for “Gauntlet of Power.”

    Personally I prefer those Republicans who think their own party is nicknamed “Grumpy Old People,” which is fairly correct except the leaving out of the “White” and “Confederate-friendly” parts.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    On a different topic altogether, it appears that Shell has been paying rival militant groups in Nigeria, spurring the conflict there. Bring on the fainting couch, we’re all going to be that shocked. [/sarcasm]

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @El Cid:
    Were there any votes for Gang Of Pricks?

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    TooManyJens says:

    “The president continues to say, ‘Pass my bill in its entirety,’ and as I’ve said from the outset, the all-or-nothing approach is just unacceptable, and I think from a purely practical standpoint, the president’s got some whipping to do on his own side of the aisle,” Cantor told reporters.

    “Excuse me while I whip this out bill” – Obama

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    Catsy says:

    @Gromit: A lot of my parts do come from sets, but the vast majority I’ve gotten either from Pick-a-Brick or Bricklink.

    PaB is a section of the Lego retail stores where they have surplus elements of various colors and types on a wall. You pay a flat price for a given volume (typically around $8 for a small cup and $15 for a large one) and can take home whatever you fit in it as long as the lid closes. Obviously it’s more cost effective to get small parts this way rather than large ones. There is also an online PaB, but there you are paying per part rather than by volume, and it is usually a little more expensive than Bricklink.

    Bricklink is the “gray market” of which you speak–it’s kind of like eBay for Lego; it functions as an intermediary for people to buy and sell new and used parts. For certain parts–especially older ones that are no longer made, or even current parts in large quantities–there’s simply no other way.

    I also sometimes get parts in quantity from “drafts”, which is where (typically) between four and ten people each bring the same set, we sort each part and color into separate bins, and everyone takes a turn picking a bin. So for example, on Saturday night we drafted #7326 Rise of the Sphinx, which contains two pearl gold cheese slopes (slang term for 1×1 slopes), which are hard to come by. There were 11 people drafting, so when I picked that bin I got 22 of those slopes. Win.

    And yes, I just saw the Lancer this morning on The Brothers Brick. That is an absolutely killer build.

    Edit: FYWP! Fucking worthless moderation filter.

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    Sasha says:

    Add obligatory GOP talking points of having said packages “rammed down their throats” and you’ve got comedy platinum.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Amir Khalid: Enjoy your bright, shiny internet today. You won it fair and square.

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    trollhattan says:

    Remember the CIA dude we sprang from Pakistan after he shot two citizens? He’s got anger management issues.

    Maybe we should have left him there.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Heh, good’n!

    Ghouls on Parade?

  52. 52
    lacp says:

    They may be turned off, but for some reason they just can’t stop thinking about it…..

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    piratedan says:

    @El Cid: what… no mention on how well Goobers On Parade did?

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    geg6 says:

    This piece by Tom Junod is probably the best thing I’ll read today:

    Taking down Friedman and Stewart in one fell swoop spells toobz WIN! to me.

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    wrb says:


    They’ve said that this package that the president is going to ram down their throats is junk.

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    Gilles de Rais says:

    Funny how no one even bothers to ask Boehner what’s going on with the House anymore.

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    rikryah says:

    this was funny

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @wrb: Unveiled Package Shows Presidential Spunk

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    wrb says:


    That will make them gag and sputter.

  60. 60
    Jay in Oregon says:

    Unaired footage of a Fox News contributor interviewing an Occupy Wall Street protester:

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    wesindc says:

    LOL ABL don’t feel bad. I’ve seen this same pic on several other sites the last couple days. The internet isn’t endless and tends to warp in on itself at times.

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    Catsy says:

    Is there any way that an administrator can adjust the settings of the moderation filter so that it doesn’t do ridiculous bullshit like flagging posts solely because they have three or more links in them? It’s an idiotically small threshold for a site where people routinely post comments with multiple links, and where merely using the Reply code adds a link in and of itself.

    And if that’s not possible, how about at long last replacing the spam filter with one that wasn’t written by an incompetent CompSci dropout?

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    Sasha says:


    Republican response to size of package: “It’s twue! It’s twue!”

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @geg6: Junod got a lot of hate elsewhere for his Rolling Stone Stewart profile. (True, the writing was rather cutesy and florid — not his best writing by a longshot — but the Stewart fans just hated any criticism of him.)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Some encouraging news from the Grauniad’s Occupy Wall Street liveblog, in the wake of the Brooklyn Bridge incident, which seems to have been the work of provocateurs:

    3.37pm: Occupy Wall Street have published the minutes from today’s direct action working group, which appears to have considered how protesters can learn from Saturday.
    Four new march procedures have been listed, which organisers presumably hope will help to avoid arrests on the scale we saw at the weekend:
    1. Training for pacers who while help keep the march controlled and protestors safe will be held 30 minutes before each march.
    2. Announce march guidelines to protestors five minutes before march begins. If possible, hand out march guidelines flyer with legal information on it.
    3. Announce the end of planned march at the endpoint.
    4. Should an autonomous action take place during the march that is illegal, pacers need to immediately inform crowd of their options.

    These guys look like they really know what they’re doing.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Jay in Oregon: What slays me about that bit is that the doofus with the mic is trying to defend Fox by saying, “Hey, we’re out here interviewing you and giving you a chance to be heard; would a real propaganda outlet do that?” And when it comes to actually airing the segment, which would be what gets the guy, ya know, actually heard, well… ::crickets::

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Dang, blockquote fail.

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    ABL says:

    @Raven (formerly stuckinred): ohhh! that’s pretty far from my hood. i can’t remember the last time i was down there!

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    ABL says:

    @Amir Khalid: that’s awesome. a lot of folks on the various facebook pages have been circulating ideas and links about how to protest non-violently.

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    Shinobi says:

    In all seriousity my father just sent me a link to the lolcats site like a month ago. How does one even respond to that?

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    Alex S. says:


    with a link to Matt Drudge

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    Paul in KY says:

    @El Cid: G.O.P. = ‘Getting Ours Party’.

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    Gromit says:


    Yeah, I’ve seen the pick-a-brick wall at a couple of Lego stores (the one at Downtown Disney was pretty big). I always say I’m going to buy a bucket, but somehow never do. My son is still a bit too young to see the value in it, opting instead for the build-a-minifig station.

    Interesting stuff about drafts and such. Thanks for the info.

    Do you ever use the Lego Digital Designer?

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    Catsy says:

    @Gromit: No, but I know people who do–sometimes just to get the parts! It’s generally not very cost effective for that purpose.

    Right now I’m brainstorming a collaborative Portal Test Chamber display for BrickCon 2012, and I’m using MLCAD to design the chamber modules and develop a parts list. MLCAD is a popular Lego CAD program that works as a front end to the LDraw parts database. (

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    Gromit says:

    Okay, you just blew my mind. I was impressed by the Digital Designer, but this ldraw stuff is incredible. I had no idea.

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