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Getting Stuffed: Where My Turkeys At?

My dream to build the world's greatest digital archive of Thanksgiving turkeys will have to remain just that, a dream. Exactly one person responded to my request to e-mail me photos of their roasted bird. Thank you, Pam:


So much for my first great user-generated content experiment. Moving along, it's time again for...

BritNews RoundUp

A Santa in London has lost his job after inviting a female customer to sit on his lap. Andrew Mondia, 32, told the Guardian that he couldn't believe he'd been fired for "being too friendly." The article says Mondia had been warned about his behavior by his "helper elf." Wouldn't you like to have a helper elf?

Police in Northampton detained four illegal immigrants who allegedly snuck into Britain inside a 32-foot artificial Christmas tree. Perhaps they were helper elves. (A government official said the men weren't in the Xmas tree truck but in a lorry carrying recycled paper.)

Here's a sad story from the Telegraph: Man dies after setting fire to his incontinence pants. "Incontinence pants" are what we would call adult diapers. Sounds like the poor 71-year-old rested a cigarette on his lap, setting his diapers ablaze, turning them into "molten globules." See, smoking kills!

I'm sure you knew this already: Cell phones are bad for the soul. So says the Vatican, anyway. The Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, told a Vatican TV show: "In the age of the cell phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to protect silence and to nourish the interior dimension of life." I hear ya, Padre!

And finally: Are you guilty of "buffling"? That's the British term for using silly business jargon. Buffling is on the rise, according to a new survey. "It's bad enough when people at work talk about 'blue-sky thinking' and 'singing from the same hymn sheet', but now we're starting to use these clich├ęd phrases at home," said Zory Radnay-Florian, a spokesman for Ramada Encore hotels, which commissioned the survey of 2,035 adults, told the Telegraph. Here are the Top 5 most annoying business cliches:
1. Thinking outside of the box
2. Touch base
3. At the end of the day
4. Going forward
5. All of it

For 15 more check out this story.

Enjoy your Black Friday. No chat this afternoon, but Answer Man will be back in the paper on Sunday, where, appropriately enough, he'll be talking stuffing--though not the Thanksgiving kind.

By John Kelly  |  November 28, 2008; 9:33 AM ET
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I am afraid I am getting tired of the "think" formula, as when someone, trying to explain a situation or mood, says, "Think Hamlet meets Lear." Perhaps it is the "think" injunction more than what follows it.

Posted by: cktirumalai | November 28, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I duly took a photo of our turkey - a glorious bird it was, too. But having trouble downloading and sending. Do you have a deadline?

Posted by: OldLady1 | November 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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