a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Police Subdue a Tiger in Harlem Apartment
"To the sounds of enormous jungle roars, a police sniper rappelled down the side of a Harlem apartment building yesterday and fired tranquilizer darts through an open fifth-floor window to subdue -- seat belts, please -- a 350-pound Bengal tiger."
"What the tiger, along with a four-to five-foot reptile called a caiman, was doing inside a cluttered apartment in the Drew Hamilton Houses at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 141st Street remained a mystery yesterday."

Are More People Cheating?: "'You have almost an acceptance that humankind cannot resist the pressure to cheat, whether it's Sammy Sosa in a slump or Kobe Bryant cheating on his wife,' said Michael Josephson, president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that works with schools and businesses to advocate ethical behavior."

Beam Us Up, General Clark: "I still believe in E=mc2, but I can't believe that in all of human history, we'll never, ever be able to go beyond the speed of light."

HUSSEIN-ERA TEXTBOOKS: "Children learned how to repay the revolution's gift starting in first grade, when they were taught to read with lessons like these:
I Love the President

I love the president, the leader, the hero Saddam Hussein. We love him, and he loves us. The president visits us at school and visits us at home. We are all soldiers for the leader, Saddam Hussein. God protect our leader."

The Boy From Oz You Won't Meet on Broadway: "In 'The Boy From Oz,' by contrast, Garland appears highly skeptical of the romance and tries to protect her daughter. Confronting Allen, she says: 'You know what screws people up, honey? Biology. . . . Sometimes your heart is in Venus but your penis is on Mars. . . . Do you know how many times I've been stuck between planets?'"