Date: Wed, 7 Jun 95 10:47:59 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: BONG Heads
Excerpted-from: BONG Bull No. 325!
For June 7-8, 1995. Still able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
because it never tried leaping a barricade on a stupid horse, the
Burned-Out Newspapercreatures Guild clears the wall with BONG Bull No. 325!
HEADS WILL ROLL. Del Stone (DSS@fcifwbfl.mhs.compuserve.com) reports:
In the May 30 edition of the Northwest Florida Daily News, we
published an AP children's news brief about a new species of, er,
creature called an "ice borer," discovered in Antarctica by an Italian
biologist, Aprile Pazzo. The creature was said to have a lump of blood
vessels at the top of its head that could melt ice rapidly, allowing it
to tunnel through the ice pack and surface beneath penguins, etc., for
The day after we published this piece, a reader called to say
Aprile Pazzo is Italian for April Fool, and that there is no such thing
as an "ice borer." A call to AP's New York office prompted a flustered
editor to call 3-2-1 Contact magazine, which originated the story. 3-2-1
got back to AP with a statement that confirmed the whole thing was a
joke started by Discover magazine. 3-2-1, which had not yet published
the story, quickly yanked it. AP promised to move a correction on its C
wire but could not say when such a correction would move, as it was
"just the C wire" to quote the New York editor.
The Northwest Florida Daily News is left with ice borer poo on its
FASHION NOTE. Last month a Usenet posting said the Midas Group, Inc. has
formed a new business unit called Hi-Tech Apparel, which will manufacture
and market "clothing that will appeal to the on-line, cyber community."
Whereupon an on-line cyber community member posted, "Umm....are you
supposed to be wearing clothes online? I'll be right back then..."
© 1995 Peter Langston