Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Fun and Stupid Stuff

Because every now and then, with all the fresh horrors induced by not-so-fresh horrors, you need something to take your mind off things. And goodness knows you ain't gettin' it from most late night shows (with one exception).

Via Tom Tomorrow (link at sidebar), my old acquaintance Seth Finkelstein (inheritor of Factsheet Five from Mike Gunderloy, who in turn claims he was inspired to create FF by my INSIDE JOKE among other zines, so there, another one come full circle!) has debunked the recent "Klingon Language Interpreter Needed" story that's probably run in more papers than have been fooled by Republican astroturf campaigns. Like the Weekly World News story that circulated a few weeks back about the time traveler busted for insider trading that was picked up in far too many places, there are just some stories that We Want to Believe, y'know? And I hate to break it to you, but the iLoo story's a hoax as well. People, people, people. God made Snopes for a reason; the least we can all do is click on their new entries every couple weeks or so.

On the other hand, via Mark Evanier (link at sidebar), this one's factual: the Pringles plant in TN has been shut down by the recent tornado and P&G has suspended shipping any more. I get the feeling the Riggs household is making a run on local supermarkets shortly.