09 Oct 2009

It’s Hard to Outfox Me

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I was flipping through the radio on my way to the airport this morning, and in between songs the DJ said, “The White House today reacted with surprise to the announcement that President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.”

I was astounded. They couldn’t possibly have given it to him. That would be even more blatantly political than the Krugman award. Even regular Americans might be suspicious at such a ridiculous choice. I mean, that would be like if you had a printing press, and just went crazy with it, instead of bilking people methodically for decades.

The DJ then said, “And NASA bombed the moon this morning.” I felt foolish for my gullibility. Clearly this guy was reading fake headlines, though I didn’t really get the joke.

(Seriously, I was sure it had all been dumb jokes. It wasn’t until my cousin texted me “OMFG…” that I realized Obama really had won. My new hypothesis was that the DJ was making some subtle rip on the Nobel committee, like Obama wins the prize while sending Predator drones into Pakistan, so he might as well bomb the moon the same day he wins the prize. It wasn’t until checking out the LRC blog that I realized that too was for real.)

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