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I blame the SuperMoon

(NASA via AP) Yes! The SuperMoon was absolutely responsible for the disaster that just took place in Japan. What's a SuperMoon? It's the closest the Moon has been to Earth in 18 years, a point in the orbit otherwise called...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 11, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Petri, Seems Suspect  | Tags:  moon, space  
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Evan Emory's YouTube debacle: real vs. online community

This is not how the YouTube story usually goes. The steps are usually simple: Boy makes inappropriate video, video goes viral, boy becomes able to sell merchandise with his face on it without people thinking he's some sort of weirdo....

By Alexandra Petri  | March 11, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  YouTube, kids these days, oops  
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Lightbulbs, toilets, and Rand Paul's potty mouth

Rand Paul's toilets don't work, and he knows who's to blame. Not Aqua Buddha. The Government! "I've been waiting for 20 years to talk about how bad these toilets are," Rand Paul (R-Ky.) exclaimed during a hearing on energy Thursday...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 10, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Congress, Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Rand Paul, light bulbs, toilets  
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Newt Gingrich's patriotic urges

Newt Gingrich, in an interview, said that "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 10, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Congress, Epic Failures, Petri  | Tags:  America, Newt  
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No, Sarah Palin, my caption contest didn't end the Post

"WaPo, you're through. Have you no shame?" My first thought on hearing that Sarah Palin had tweeted this in response to something I'd written was: "Oh no, she's read the Justin Bieber coverage." After all, I frequently wake up in...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 9, 2011; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Vivian Schiller resigns from NPR. So prank journalism is okay now?

NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller turned in her resignation Wednesday, in view of a video by conservative prankster James O'Keefe in which an NPR senior official slammed the Tea Party and said, among other things, that NPR might fare better...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 9, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri, Reality? Television, That's awkward  | Tags:  James O'Keefe, NPR, journalism, pranks  
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Happy Fat Tuesday! What I'm giving up for Lent, Alexandra Petri , March 8, 2011
Why are there dead fish in Redondo Beach?, Alexandra Petri , March 8, 2011
Spider nests in Mazdas?, Alexandra Petri , March 4, 2011
Charlie Sheen and the anatomy of winning, Alexandra Petri , March 4, 2011
What would Dr. Seuss say today?, Alexandra Petri , March 2, 2011
Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age, Alexandra Petri , February 28, 2011
MADD president charged with DUI -- oh, the irony!, Alexandra Petri , February 25, 2011
I want pockets, and I want them now, Alexandra Petri , February 25, 2011
Charlie Sheen is wrong about Thomas Jefferson, Alexandra Petri , February 24, 2011
From Gaddafi to Walker, why you should never be polite, Alexandra Petri , February 24, 2011
Cell phones alter brain activity? Of course!, Alexandra Petri , February 23, 2011
Changes for Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alexandra Petri , February 23, 2011
Hey, 20-something men, get off the couch!, Alexandra Petri , February 22, 2011
Is Presidents' Day too commercialized?, Alexandra Petri , February 20, 2011
Monopoly Live? Are we really this lazy?, Alexandra Petri , February 17, 2011
IBM's Watson wins! First Jeopardy! -- next, bad puns?, Alexandra Petri , February 17, 2011
Natalie Munroe and Nir Rosen: What happens online..., Alexandra Petri , February 16, 2011
What happened to Lara Logan was unacceptable, Alexandra Petri , February 15, 2011
The worst part about the Borders bankruptcy , Alexandra Petri , February 15, 2011
Most impressive? The real message of the 2011 Grammys, Alexandra Petri , February 14, 2011
Born this way? Conservative bias on campus, Alexandra Petri , February 11, 2011
Mubarak stepping down! His top eight new jobs, Alexandra Petri , February 11, 2011
Is diet soda just die with a T? Not so fast., Alexandra Petri , February 10, 2011
Is Justin Bieber the new Beatles? Never say never!, Alexandra Petri , February 10, 2011
Olbermann to Current TV? Has he met the neighbors?, Alexandra Petri , February 8, 2011
A Bristol Palin memoir? Really?, Alexandra Petri , February 8, 2011
Huffington Post + AOL -- 1 + 1 = 11?, Alexandra Petri , February 7, 2011
The worst advice you can give a child, Alexandra Petri , February 4, 2011
Kepler 10-b? I thought I was an only planet!, Alexandra Petri , February 3, 2011
Groundhog Day 2011 results: Spring!, Alexandra Petri , February 2, 2011
Google vs. Bing: Finders vs. Keepers?, Alexandra Petri , February 1, 2011
Sharron Angle + cosmetics: You can't make this up!, Alexandra Petri , January 31, 2011
What we really mean when we post on Facebook, Alexandra Petri , January 31, 2011
MTV Skins vs. Jersey Shore: Are the kids all right?, Alexandra Petri , January 28, 2011
I have a cold! Or do I? Can I Google it?, Alexandra Petri , January 27, 2011
NASA announcement: They found the set of Star Wars!, Alexandra Petri , January 26, 2011
No more Sputnik moments for the millennial generation, Alexandra Petri , January 26, 2011
This is why we're fat: Missing Jack LaLanne, Alexandra Petri , January 24, 2011
Justice Scalia and the Tea Party, Alexandra Petri , January 24, 2011
Everything I need to know I didn't learn in college, Alexandra Petri , January 21, 2011
'Premarital Sex in America' and the single girl, Alexandra Petri , January 20, 2011
What was so wrong about Alabama Gov. Bentley's remarks, Alexandra Petri , January 19, 2011
How to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, Alexandra Petri , January 19, 2011
O No: An Anonymous Obama Novel!, Alexandra Petri , January 18, 2011
Post-RNC break up, top job ideas for Michael Steele , Alexandra Petri , January 14, 2011
Miracles, beatification, and Gabrielle Giffords, Alexandra Petri , January 14, 2011
Wikipedia and the demise of the dilettante, Alexandra Petri , January 13, 2011
Ted Williams detained by LAPD: Why we care, Alexandra Petri , January 11, 2011
EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP YELLING AT US TO KEEP IT DOWN, Alexandra Petri , January 11, 2011
The Great Gatsby in 3D? Yes, please!, Alexandra Petri , January 10, 2011
More myths about the Civil War, Alexandra Petri , January 7, 2011
Why the Constitution Congress read was just fine, Alexandra Petri , January 6, 2011
Why the new Starbucks logo frightens me, Alexandra Petri , January 6, 2011
Five top tips for the new Congress, Alexandra Petri , January 5, 2011
Why the Craigslist Killer matters, Alexandra Petri , January 4, 2011
Facebook beats Google in 2010? This needs to stop., Alexandra Petri , December 31, 2010
Natalie Portman, Hugh Hefner, and the wait for marriage, Alexandra Petri , December 31, 2010
Geraldine Doyle and Rosie the Riveter, Alexandra Petri , December 30, 2010
For 2011, top New Year's resolutions you can keep!, Alexandra Petri , December 30, 2010
Holiday hiatus, Alexandra Petri , December 22, 2010
Census 2010 winners and losers, Alexandra Petri , December 21, 2010
The death of e-mail?, Alexandra Petri , December 21, 2010
Real life? Or just Sarah Palin's Alaska?, Alexandra Petri , December 20, 2010
Last-minute holiday shopping ideas for Obama, Alexandra Petri , December 20, 2010
More of Julian Assange's creepy lovesick e-mails, Alexandra Petri , December 17, 2010
Take Back The Rainbow?, Alexandra Petri , December 16, 2010
Harry Reid: The Grinch Who Stole the War on Christmas?, Alexandra Petri , December 16, 2010
On National Cupcake Day, a word for the muffin , Alexandra Petri , December 15, 2010
WikiLeaked Naughty and Nice List for 2010, Alexandra Petri , December 14, 2010
No Boehner, No Cry, Alexandra Petri , December 13, 2010
Let it snow! Washington, weather and nostalgic drifts, Alexandra Petri , December 10, 2010
Christine O'Donnell, tragedy, and the rule of three, Alexandra Petri , December 8, 2010
What's in the WikiLeaks Insurance File, Alexandra Petri , December 7, 2010
December is Enough Awareness Month, Alexandra Petri , December 6, 2010
Facebook isn't the only tool that leads to cheating, Alexandra Petri , November 30, 2010
Black Friday and how not to restart the economy, Alexandra Petri , November 26, 2010
I miss telemarketers -- and, soon, land-line pollsters, Alexandra Petri , November 24, 2010
Thanksgiving Word Search game -- reality edition, Alexandra Petri , November 23, 2010
Top 12 Things to say to your TSA scanner, Alexandra Petri , November 19, 2010
Better names for the Daily Beast-Newsweek merger, Alexandra Petri , November 12, 2010
What FDA's new cigarette warnings should say, Alexandra Petri , November 10, 2010
Why I'm not watching Conan tonight, Alexandra Petri , November 8, 2010
Keith Olbermann and journalists' dos and don'ts, Alexandra Petri , November 5, 2010
Obama's post-election speech, the draft version, Alexandra Petri , November 3, 2010
Congratulation card for Harry Reid, Alexandra Petri , November 3, 2010
Condolence cards -- Alan Grayson and Linda McMahon, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
Election 2010 drinking game, Alexandra Petri and Stephen Stromberg , November 2, 2010
Why didn't you vote? Top 30 Election 2010 excuses, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
Quiz: Ballot measures, or bogus strings of words?, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
Twas the night before midterms, Alexandra Petri , November 1, 2010
Christine O'Donnell's 30-minute ad would have worked!, Alexandra Petri , November 1, 2010
Before you check the College Board for your SAT scores, Alexandra Petri , October 28, 2010
Karl Rove and Sarah Palin -- defying gravitas, Alexandra Petri , October 28, 2010
Why the Jon Stewart Rally is my generation's Woodstock, Alexandra Petri , October 26, 2010
Top 25 topical Halloween costume ideas, Alexandra Petri , October 25, 2010
Jennifer Mee -- from hiccups to murder?, Alexandra Petri , October 25, 2010
NASA Hubble spots oldest galaxy yet, Alexandra Petri , October 22, 2010
Tainted celery -- good riddance to bad roughage, Alexandra Petri , October 22, 2010
Virginia Thomas's Anita Hill apology demand, Alexandra Petri , October 20, 2010
David Arquette? The subtle art of the C-SPAN breakup, Alexandra Petri , October 19, 2010
Exclusive -- interview with Aqua Buddha, Alexandra Petri , October 18, 2010
Obama on Mythbusters? Top myths he should bust, Alexandra Petri , October 18, 2010
UFO over New York City?, Alexandra Petri , October 14, 2010
Chilean miner Edison Pena, take me to Graceland!, Alexandra Petri , October 13, 2010
Rich Iott movie, or Paladino-paying gay nightclub?, Alexandra Petri , October 13, 2010
Welcome back, Chilean miners!, Alexandra Petri , October 12, 2010
Judge orders stay on enforcing don't ask, don't tell, Alexandra Petri , October 12, 2010
Rich Iott -- a Nazi bit of reenacting work, Alexandra Petri , October 12, 2010
Book thrown at Obama? Try this list!, Alexandra Petri , October 11, 2010
Squirrels resist medical care, Alexandra Petri , October 11, 2010
Columbus Day, Alexandra Petri , October 11, 2010
Five rejected applications to Obama's MTV town hall, Alexandra Petri , October 8, 2010
Karen Owen's powerpoint: sex and autobiography, Alexandra Petri , October 7, 2010
Facebook announcement -- it's a boy!, Alexandra Petri , October 6, 2010
Replace Christine O'Donnell with Cigar Guy, Alexandra Petri , October 6, 2010
Woman drives 200 miles to kill internet commenter? , Alexandra Petri , October 5, 2010
Dirty talk? New sex survey's surprising stats, Alexandra Petri , October 4, 2010
Facebook, the social network? A Harvard perspective, Alexandra Petri , October 1, 2010
Get me to the Church of Body Modification on time, Alexandra Petri , September 30, 2010
Hi "new planet" Gliese 581G! Welcome to the neighborhood!, Alexandra Petri , September 30, 2010
Pledge to America -- behind the scenes, Alexandra Petri , September 29, 2010
Levi Johnston Levi Johnston Levi Johnston , Alexandra Petri , September 29, 2010
Maimonides who? Why Americans fail basic religion tests, Alexandra Petri , September 28, 2010
Top 14 reasons Obama might prefer private school, Alexandra Petri , September 27, 2010
Bad Segway, Alexandra Petri , September 27, 2010
Stephen Colbert testimony: a mockery, but of whom?, Alexandra Petri , September 24, 2010
Happy, National Punctuation Day?.!!,()&, Alexandra Petri , September 24, 2010
Caffeine killer? Never! The Starbucks defense, Alexandra Petri , September 21, 2010
Top 10 reasons Christine O'Donnell might be a real witch, Alexandra Petri , September 20, 2010
Glenn Beck mocks Michelle Obama's carrot sticks, Alexandra Petri , September 20, 2010
Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book!, Alexandra Petri , September 17, 2010
The Jon Stewart rally and the irony equation, Alexandra Petri , September 17, 2010
Lady Gaga's latest video -- it's no Alejandro, Alexandra Petri , September 17, 2010
Cardinal Walter Kasper's 'Third World' comment, Alexandra Petri , September 16, 2010
Michaele Salahi has Multiple Sclerosis? What can I say?, Alexandra Petri , September 15, 2010
The hero with a thousand races, Alexandra Petri , September 15, 2010
The new adventures of old Christine O'Donnell, Alexandra Petri , September 14, 2010
Why does Campus Progress want Justin Bieber fans to vote?, Alexandra Petri , September 13, 2010
 
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