Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I'm a regular online listener to BBC News Quiz, a panel show created by John Lloyd 36 years ago. It has been hosted by Danish/British author and presenter Sandi Toksvig since 2006. Each show opens and closes with cuttings sent in by listeners. An example from the current week:
From a package of Profusion Himalayan Rose Pink Salt:
"Mineral rich crystal salt from the foothills of the Himalayas. Formed over 250 million years ago from ancient unpolluted seas. Best before April 2018."
Of course, our southern neighbours sometimes provide brilliant examples of American humour. Here's one from the morning inbox:

NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails, Propublica, July 23, 2013
"The NSA is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology." (emphasis added)

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1 comment:

  1. My first laugh of the morning!

    My first sigh of the morning: learning that the Conservatives have made the decision to have a leadership campaign in April, while the NDP is still examining navel lint.

    july morning



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