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March 28, 2005


If it's not the secretary, it's the fact-checker.

(Thanks to, possibly, the fact-checker, because he asked to remain anonymous)


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Just so long as it's not the Research Department.

The fact cheker being anonimus is prolly a good thing. It gets messy when the principle finds out about these things, and people get disiplined.

Great quote missing from the article.
"Quite frankly, I'm really upset about this," Maria Alquilar said. "Nobody has said what a great work it is."

"You realize that all the answers are wrong in this workbook you've written?"
"Well, my job is really to come up with the workbook in a sort of big picture approach. We have fact checkers to work on the actual answers and whatnot."
"I see. So you just basically fill up a bunch of pages with letters and numbers, and then the fact checker rearranges those into words, sentences, and problems with answers."
"Why doesn't the fact checker just produce the workbook?"
"Ha! What, from nothing? She's a fact checker, not a teacher or writer. Gimme a break here."

Great quote missing from the article.
"Quite frankly, I'm really upset about this," Maria Alquilar said. "Nobody has said what a great work it is."

Little know fact regarding this story that has escaped the attention of the Associated Press.
The fact checker in question was infact previously employed by the White House. When confronted with the errors over Iraq and WMD's, this person was reported to have said, "OOOPS! My bad."


Ironically, this happened in North Carolina, not New York, but the Associated Press forgot to proofread their release before releasing it.

There are times when I'm halfway downtown on the subway after reading a few of the stories and I think maybe I should just get off at the next station, cross the platform and go back uptown."

Are there better facts uptown than downtown?

Are there better facts uptown than downtown?
sly - everything is better uptown than downtown!

scat - please see (and answer) my question of the "bunnies" thread -
Thank you.
That is all.
Carry on.

"...every day you wake up in my job..."

I don't remember ever waking up in his job, but if I ever do I'll just stay right there on the subway...

Earworm Alert!
Earworm Alert!


Geezer Alert!

...and take Petula Clark's advice:

When you're alone
And life is making you lonely,
You can always go downtown.
When you've got worries,
All the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, downtown.
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city,
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty,
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you!

Why is everybody always blaming me?

"Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow
Who calls the English teacher, Daddy-O

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He's a clown, that Charlie Brown
He's gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why's everybody always pickin' on me)"

Perhaps that answers your question.

Dear Fact-Checker,

We regret to inform you that you have been fried.


The Management

Good one, elle!

Do you think it's wise to blame the fact checker? You might hurt his/her self esteem. After all, the materials were ready on time and were neatly presented. It may have contained some non-standard spelling and mathematics, but the fact checker's heart and soul went into that creation. Isn't that enough for these people? (I mean, other than in the classroom.)

Those responsible for the fact checking have been sacked.

The materials have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute.

You know, scat, the Super Bowl starts at a really strange time too, like (Cameron talk) 3:18 or something that, like, ends in an 8! I've never understood why - that is, of course, the actual game, as opposed to the TV coverage which will probably start in, like, a week or 2!

Wasn't Carmen Farina just fired as the CEO of Hewlett Packard?

Then again, I may have gotten my facts wrong.

Don't think so, sly, unless she was moonlighting and nobody knew it.

I think you're generous El. The Super Bowl starts like 6:38 (3:38 to you) and the pregame activity started last Thursday.

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