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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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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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Scholarships for white men? I knew I was feeling oppressed!

I couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong. It wasn't outright discrimination -- just little things that started to pile up. Yesterday, I got almost 18 taxis that I didn't want. As I was walking down the street minding...

By Alexandra Petri  | March 7, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Petri, Seems Suspect, That's awkward  | Tags:  America, rally  
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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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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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Cell phones alter brain activity? Of course!, Alexandra Petri , February 23, 2011
Is Presidents' Day too commercialized?, Alexandra Petri , February 20, 2011
IBM's Watson wins! First Jeopardy! -- next, bad puns?, Alexandra Petri , February 17, 2011
Born this way? Conservative bias on campus, Alexandra Petri , February 11, 2011
Kepler 10-b? I thought I was an only planet!, Alexandra Petri , February 3, 2011
What we really mean when we post on Facebook, Alexandra Petri , January 31, 2011
I have a cold! Or do I? Can I Google it?, Alexandra Petri , January 27, 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
The Great Gatsby in 3D? Yes, please!, Alexandra Petri , January 10, 2011
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
More of Julian Assange's creepy lovesick e-mails, Alexandra Petri , December 17, 2010
Take Back The Rainbow?, Alexandra Petri , December 16, 2010
What's in the WikiLeaks Insurance File, Alexandra Petri , December 7, 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
Why I'm not watching Conan tonight, Alexandra Petri , November 8, 2010
The Cooks Source, plagiarism, and the Great Gatsby, Alexandra Petri , November 4, 2010
Vote for the week's wackiest moments, Alexandra Petri , November 4, 2010
Obama's post-election speech, the draft version, Alexandra Petri , November 3, 2010
Condolence cards -- Alan Grayson and Linda McMahon, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
Quiz: Ballot measures, or bogus strings of words?, Alexandra Petri , November 2, 2010
NASA Hubble spots oldest galaxy yet, 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
Rich Iott movie, or Paladino-paying gay nightclub?, Alexandra Petri , October 13, 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
Columbus Day, Alexandra Petri , October 11, 2010
Karen Owen's powerpoint: sex and autobiography, Alexandra Petri , October 7, 2010
Facebook announcement -- it's a boy!, Alexandra Petri , October 6, 2010
Dirty talk? New sex survey's surprising stats, Alexandra Petri , October 4, 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
Bad Segway, Alexandra Petri , September 27, 2010
The new adventures of old Christine O'Donnell, Alexandra Petri , September 14, 2010
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