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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Link in a USAToday article:

    " ... While no single factor is causing the growth in income inequality, trends like stagnant middle class wages and skyrocketing executive compensation certainly contribute. There are currently over a dozen major publicly traded companies where CEOs make 1,000 more than their typical employee."

    1,000 what more? If it's dollars per year, well I'd expect that a CEO makes a thousand bucks more than a typical employee. The extra dollars would be small compensation for the pressure. Even dollars per month sounds rather low.

    The actual citation is "1000 times."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    I note that the Lifetime network is running a made-for-undemanding-TV movie entitled I Almost Married a Serial Killer.

    Now, is that wimpy or what? I'll bet that in the pre-Code 1930s, in the 1940s, or the bloody 1970s, she (or he) would have at least gone ahead and married the killer, and had to resolve that!
    Ugh. My dear sweet wife watches those. The most ridiculous woman-in-peril melodramas you ever saw.

    I did enjoy the (entirely predictable) ending of one about the Evil Mother-In-Law (EMIL) trying to gaslight the young bride. In the end, she resorts to hiring a hit man.
    EMIL: Here's the $10,000. When she's dead, you'll get the other $10,000.
    HitMan: How do I know you won't just rat me out to the cops?
    EMIL: HaHa! I don't even know any cops!
    HitMan, displaying badge: You do now.
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    From an online article:

    Champions player, thinking he missed cut at Senior PGA, flied home, only to realize he made cut upon landing
    https://sports.yahoo.com/champions-p...133035846.html

    Golf Digest needs a few more proof readers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    I note that the Lifetime network is running a made-for-undemanding-TV movie entitled I Almost Married a Serial Killer.

    Now, is that wimpy or what? I'll bet that in the pre-Code 1930s, in the 1940s, or the bloody 1970s, she (or he) would have at least gone ahead and married the killer, and had to resolve that!

    Now, I note Lifetime has one titled Am I a Serial Killer?

    I don't know if it's related to the other film, or just a favorite topic over there, but another puzzling title. Seems to me that either you aren't or you are, and you certainly should know.

    I can see the guy asking the psychiatrist, "Does two count as serial? How about three?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Now, I note Lifetime has one titled Am I a Serial Killer?

    I don't know if it's related to the other film, or just a favorite topic over there, but another puzzling title. Seems to me that either you aren't or you are, and you certainly should know.

    I can see the guy asking the psychiatrist, "Does two count as serial? How about three?"
    Amnesia and "split personalities" are staples of melodrama.
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    I always thought a serial killer was someone who liked Corn Flakes for breakfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I always thought a serial killer was someone who liked Corn Flakes for breakfast.

    *Sad trombone*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I always thought a serial killer was someone who liked Corn Flakes for breakfast.

    No, “Serial Killer” is the person who cancelled FireFly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufonaut99 View Post
    No, “Serial Killer” is the person who cancelled FireFly
    I like to refer to that individual, Gail Berman, as a "gorram Reaver".

    Her production company was appropriately named, and I'm not making this up, the Jackal Group.
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    This article about the best cloud storage services of 2019 was apparently written in 2017.

    https://medium.com/@Vanina/dropbox-a...7-a703af7d7796



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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    This article about the best cloud storage services of 2019 was apparently written in 2017.

    https://medium.com/@Vanina/dropbox-a...7-a703af7d7796
    In the comments, there's a comment from last year, when the title was changed to 2018, questioning it. The author responded that she does indeed update the article with new information and changes the title to match - but obviously doesn't change the url (and I just noticed that the last sentence of the article explicitly says that it will be updated regularly).

    A quick scan via the Wayback Machine suggests that all that's been changed is some of the pricing information for the various options.
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    Near an interstate highway exit that's undergoing renovations, workers posted a flashing sign that reads:

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    It's technically correct. But it seems to me they could have saved a word.

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    One of the obituaries for Jim Bouton, the baseball player who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four, stated that the authorship made him "a clubhouse piranha" so far as his former teammates were concerned. Probably composed by a sportswriter.

    They had to print a retraction that stated Bouton was not a flesh-eating, South American fish, but rather an outcast. I'm sure that you all know the intended word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    One of the obituaries for Jim Bouton, the baseball player who wrote the tell-all book Ball Four, stated that the authorship made him "a clubhouse piranha" so far as his former teammates were concerned. Probably composed by a sportswriter.

    They had to print a retraction that stated Bouton was not a flesh-eating, South American fish, but rather an outcast. I'm sure that you all know the intended word.
    Yeah, that kind of hung can happen. Once I wrote a press release and used the term “a surreptitious finding.” A journalist wrote back and said, interesting phrase, but maybe you meant serendipitous? Doh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Yeah, that kind of hung can happen. Once I wrote a press release and used the term “a surreptitious finding.” A journalist wrote back and said, interesting phrase, but maybe you meant serendipitous? Doh
    I really don't know if the 'hung' was deliberate or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    I really don't know if the 'hung' was deliberate or not?
    Definitely not, but that was because of big fingers on a tiny iPhone... “thing”. I think I typed “thung “ and it autocorrected...


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    A film historian I know lamented the fact that actor Joseph Cotten is slowly having his filmography mis-attributed due to cotton pickin' spellcheckers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Definitely not, but that was because of big fingers on a tiny iPhone... “thing”. I think I typed “thung “ and it autocorrected...


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    Read that again?

    I had the fastest thumbs on the Eastern seaboard on my old Blackberry. Now....typo city.

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    News show last night talking about Toni Morrison passing away. In describing the plot of "Beloved," the reporter said it involves a woman who "must choose between her daughter's life and a return to slavery."

    That doesn't strike me as a difficult choice at all...
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    FRrom Facebook.com

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    I dunno, "last meal" doesn't appeal to my taste.

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    There is an article from Bloomberg about the coronation of the new emperor in Japan, and it reads:

    Naruhito Takes Throne as Japan’s First New Emperor in 30 Years
    To me that sounds strange because I would never use "first something in a time period" when there is only one. Like, I would say:

    "She was the first female astronaut in 20 years", meaning that there could have been others but weren't.

    But I would not say:

    "She was my first wife in 20 years," because you can only have one wife at a time, and that seems to imply that I might have had more.

    Does that make sense?
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    Yes, poorly worded headline. Maybe Bloomberg doesn't understand hereditary monarchy. It makes it sound as though they think Japan holds elections for emperor on a regular basis and the incumbent lost this time.
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    Yeah, I think they meant to say:

    For the first time in 30 years, Japan has a new emperor.

    Which sort of makes sense.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Definitely not, but that was because of big fingers on a tiny iPhone... “thing”. I think I typed “thung “ and it autocorrected...


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    Gold Dan it to help. I hate autocorrupt!
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    And here's another headline (and article) that bugs me. In Popular Mechanics, of all places, they have this article: A Single Bird Takes Down the U.S. Navy's 'Doomsday' Plane. The story is that while doing touch-and-go landings, one of the plane's four engines ingested a bird and was damaged, and (OMG!) the plane was forced to make an emergency landing, which was (I think) uneventful. And everybody knows that jet engines get damaged on occasion by bird strikes. So what is the story?

    There was another story maybe last week about two royal family members whose plane made two go-arounds during a storm and then diverted to another airport. Sure, because it's royals I guess it's newsworthy, but planes making go-arounds due to weather is hardly news...
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    Headline from the local weekly:
    PLANNING COMMISSION UNDER THE GUN TO FIX SHOOTING ORDINANCES

    Apparently they've sighted a problem and aim to fix it.

    Something, something, something "ordnance". I just can't help myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Headline from the local weekly:
    PLANNING COMMISSION UNDER THE GUN TO FIX SHOOTING ORDINANCES

    Apparently they've sighted a problem and aim to fix it.

    Something, something, something "ordnance". I just can't help myself.
    A headline of the highest caliber. Does the article contain bullet points?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    A headline of the highest caliber. Does the article contain bullet points?
    Dude, you just triggered a laughing fit.


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