We had a beautiful model in our portrait-painting class a few weeks ago; her outfit included touches like a jeweled hairpiece and a giant bow tie. (Below is my painting of her and a photo of her in the pose.) Yesterday, I was flipping through the New York Times Style section and noticed that she’d also caught the eye of street photographer Bill Cunningham (that’s her in the bottom left).
I’m relatively happy with the painting I did, but I can’t help but notice a few obvious flaws. I still need to practice capturing people’s likeness and hone my skills in painting skin color. Still, it was fun to work with such a pretty, vibrant model, and it was kind of exciting that Cunningham noticed her style as well.
Today’s Digital Wall of Shame is a double whammy.
First, and most impressive, is the fact that the headline writers clearly were unsure about the meaning of “inclement.”
While the headline reads, “Travelers should face inclement weather,” the first paragraph says, “According to the National Weather Service, Mother Nature appears as if she’s going to cooperate with dry weather conditions this weekend.” So … “inclement weather” means “clear and dry” then?
Second, a little bonus for you in the form of a lovely typo in the second paragraph. Apparently in Michigan, people are “lcelebrating” all over the place. Spell check is your friend.
•on March 25th, 2010
This has been floating all over the Web for a while, and, while I applaud the headline writer’s snappy pun and sense of humor and got a hearty laugh when I first saw it, it just seems a little ill-fitting. It’s not just the headline, either. If you read the piece itself, it’s full of so many sexual innuendos, it’s like a junior-high locker room, minus the towel snaps and cracking voices.
I’ll be the first to appreciate a well-timed innuendo, and there are different standards for a college newspaper than a professional paper. Plus, who doesn’t love a New York Post-style headline once in a while? With that said, however, an analysis of Obama’s spending plan hardly seems to be the place, even in a college paper (which, I might add, is located in my birth town of Ypsilanti, Michigan).
Although, I’m not going to lie. I kind of wish I had written it.
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•on December 18th, 2007
My dad sent this to me the other day, and I seriously laughed so loudly I scared my friend Sue in the other room.
Apparently, he said, this headline — published on Dec. 7 — was the talk of the town.
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•on December 26th, 2006
A few years ago, the weekly newspaper near my hometown of Alpena, Mich., misspelled its flag. Instead of Presque Isle County Advance, it read:
Presque Isle Cunty Advance
Today, I got an e-mail from my aunt Colleen with the new lovely genitalia error shown above.
I really can’t say it better than Coll did:
“I think every community should have a pubic safety director, don’t you? FYI, I found a copy of the Presque Isle “Cunty Advance” and it’s in the mail! If any community needed a pubic safety director, they do!”
•on November 7th, 2006
I thought this list on Misscelania was hysterical:
1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country.
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country
but don’t really understand the Washington Post. They do, however like
the smog statistics shown in pie charts.
5. The Los Angeles
Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they
could spare the time, and if they didn’t have to leave L.A. to do it.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.
7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s
running the country, and don’t really care as long as they can get a
seat on the train.
8. The New York Post is read by people
who don’t care who’s running the country either, as long as they do
something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
9. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there
is a country, or that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they
oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the
leaders are handicapped minority, feministic atheist dwarfs, who also
happen to be illegal aliens from ANY country or galaxy as long as they
10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.