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Fun with closed captioning

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

On the treadmill at the gym today, watching CNN with the closed captioning enabled, and the “news story” (I use the term loosely) is about Barack Obama bowling. The caption says this:

“Obama used bawdy language to will the ball away from the gutter.”

My interest was piqued — until I realized it was body language, not bawdy language, that he was using, and that the closed-captioning transcriber had messed up. Darn! Bawdy language would have been much more interesting. Stupid homophones….

The freaky life of a celebrity

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Here is a picture of Jake Gyllenhaal and his girlfriend, Reese Witherspoon. Note that just above Reese’s head is a magazine with her ex-husband, Ryan Phillippe, on the cover.

Discussion question: What if you were out shopping with your new boyfriend and you saw a magazine cover with your ex-husband’s face plastered all over it, staring out at you? How freaky would that be?

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