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ComPost: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Spider nests in Mazdas?

There are spiders in our cars? Seriously, Mazda is recalling 65,000 cars because an issue with nests of yellow spiders. Really, Mazda? I don't know how much safety you can expect from a car company whose slogan makes it sound...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 4, 2011; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Petri, Seems Suspect  | Tags:  cars, scary, spooky  
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Charlie Sheen and the anatomy of winning

(Charlie Sheen, Rick Wilking/Reuters) "I don't know, winning, anyone? Rhymes with winning? Yeah, that would be us." - Charlie Sheen Winning is what it's about these days. It's been Sheen's byword in a series of rants on our television screens...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 4, 2011; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  America, Charlie Sheen, winning  
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Sex surveys, honor, and Brandon Davies's girlfriend

With a level of fanfare traditionally reserved for European monarchs and fallen pop princesses, we all now know that Brandon Davies, former star basketball player at Brigham Young University, has - well - violated the honor code. That's to say,...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 4, 2011; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Big Deals, Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Sex Survey, honor, oops, sex  
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Facebook oversharing vs. privacy -- addresses and phone numbers?

Earlier this week, everyone became terrified. Facebook is going to be sharing our user information, addresses and phone numbers with external Web sites? No, Facebook hastened to reassure us. "People will always be in control of what Facebook information...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 3, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Facebook, online comments, oops, privacy  
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Photo Caption Contest!

For the first time ever, and hopefully not the last, ComPost presents: A photo caption contest. Who is that? What's he doing there? Why is there laughter? These are not questions that Charlie Sheen asks himself constantly. Rather, they're your...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 2, 2011; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Week's wackiest  | Tags:  caption contest  
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What would Dr. Seuss say today?

Happy Birthday Ted Geisel, today is your day! In the face of the news, here's some things you might say! Though your shoes are too big and my feet are quite small A tribute's a tribute, no matter how tall!...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 2, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From bad to verse, Petri  | Tags:  Dr. Seuss, reading, verse  
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John Galliano, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen -- poison and poetry

Oscar Wilde once said that "The fact of a man's being a poisoner is nothing against his poetry." But watching the fallout from John Galliano's pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic rant, I have to wonder whether that's still the case. One of the...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 2, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri  | Tags:  Galliano, art, oops  
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Remembering Reverend Gomes: His most memorable quotes

Monday evening marked the passing of the Reverend Peter Gomes, Harvard's Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. He was 68 years old. I cannot pay him a tribute as adequately as those who knew him well. The reverend once addressed my...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 1, 2011; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Petri  | Tags:  RIP  
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Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 1, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  America, oops, technology, twitter  
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Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 28, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri  | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days  
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Zion? 2012 Olympics logo is only offensive to good taste

The Olympics logo spells out Zion? That's what the secretary general of the Iranian Olympic Committee claims. He wrote to the London Olympic Committee complaining. Now he's threatening to boycott the games. This is like cutting off your nose to...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 28, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Olympics, oops  
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Barack Obama, no one cares about your favorite Oscar song

Sure, a lot of dynamic things occurred at last night's Oscars. Kirk Douglas. Kirk Douglas? Kirk Douglas! But the wackiest moment of the night might have to go to the Tribute to Best Original Songs. Everyone knows how much this...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 28, 2011; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Petri, Reality? Television, That's awkward  | Tags:  Barack Obama, Oscars, argh  
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