Saturday, April 22, 2006

Hat trick of sin

Today's lesson is the humble headline and how he must never tread beyond the limits of those facts that gave him birth, for that way lies folly. Kudos to the first to identify three errors in this deck:

Research shows that distracted drivers cause eight of 10 car collisions.

Here's the graf it was drawn from:
Distracted drivers were involved in nearly eight out of 10 collisions or near-crashes, says a study released Thursday by the governnment.

One, two, three, go.

4 Comments:

Blogger aparker54 said...

Fev said, "Today's lesson is the humble headline and how he must never tread beyond the limits of those facts that gave him birth, for that way lies folly."

I've always thought of headlines as feminine.

3:53 PM, April 22, 2006  
Anonymous Adam said...

Tom and I have the same guesses.

1.Correlation is not causation. 2.We're talking collisions and near crashes. 3.And likely some vans, SUVs, etc. were involved. Not just cars.

Also, it's missing a nearly before 8-10, but that didn't rile us as much.

7:02 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger fev said...

1) I was going for the 'nearly', but I'll take the vehicles too.
2) Yes, some construe heds as feminine. Others, noting the tendency of the rogue hed to grab the remote and change the meaning to whatever it wants, consider them masculine.
3) See beer comment below. It's accompanying an approximation of real barbecue with vinegar sauce (which Tom will recognize; for you civilians out there, the western border of barbecue-land is near the now-closed location of Allen #3, and that ketchup from Lexington DOES NOT COUNT).

7:53 PM, April 23, 2006  
Anonymous tom said...

Petty regional prejudices aside (and mine is "keep that 'mater off my pig, unless the pig in question is ribs," adopted during time served down east), I'll gladly eat any barbecue named after any region, large or small: Eastern N.C., Western N.C., Savannah, Texas, K.C., Memphis, Mongolian or backyard. Anyone know if barbecue chicken has been geographically claimed? I'd like some of that, too.

12:53 PM, April 25, 2006  

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