Archive for September 6th, 2010
This is a superb slide show about Sharks. Really nice pics.
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Comment: This is one of the most misunderstood of all my columns. So after you finish, read the “Addendum” before you Slashdot or otherwise flame me. Then, if you still disagree, go right ahead and object. I don’t mind criticism. I don’t mind being wrong — that’s how I learn. But it is painful to be misunderstood.
“Why can’t products be simpler?” cries the reviewer in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the local newspaper. “We want simplicity” cry the people befuddled by all the features of their latest whatever. Do they really mean it? No.
Glenn Beck may have been caught lying, but he’s far from the first American to do so.
Plenty of prominent people in American history have stretched the truth at one time or another. Sometimes the “untruth” is minor; others its effects are wide-reaching.
Here are some of the most memorable cases involving well-known Americans. Vote on those you think was the worst and be sure to submit those we’ve missed!
“The NY Times weekend magazine has a long profile, well worth reading, of self-described ‘working actor’ William Shatner. He began acting at age 6 and at one point in the late 1950s was mentioned in the same breath as his contemporaries Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford — until, without explanation, his career faded before it bloomed.