Saturday, January 12, 2013

What's her last name?

New York City police say an 18th century cannon was found loaded with gun powder and a cannon ball during a routine cleaning at the Central Park Conservancy.

Where did the terrifying weapon come from, Associated Press?

The cannon came from a British Royal Navy Ship, the HMS, circa 1763 to 1780.

As Mister Roberts put it, what's her last name? Because so far, we're stuck with "the His Majesty's Ship." The (ahem) shortened version was posted at quite a few places (the Fair 'n' Balanced Network should think twice the next time it makes fun of libruls and their alleged pathological ignorance of stuff that blows up), though it appears that the AP wrote the story through with a correction and a quote:

The cannon came from a British Royal Navy Ship, the HMS Hussar, circa 1763 to 1780.

"We silenced British cannon fire in 1776 and we don't want to hear it again in Central Park," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.


It's an improvement (though "The His" still isn't much of a combination, and "ship" is still a common noun). It should also be a reminder that, even as in the ancient days of print: When you post it, it's yours.

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