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All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Feb. 4 – Feb. 8

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You’ve made it to the end of the week! Let’s play with news words, shall we? Here’s what I had to work with courtesy of the Washington Examiner local section:

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And here are some of the combos I came up with:

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I’ll believe it. I have T-mobile and it’s a bitch and a half.

 

See any I missed? Leave a message or tweet @littlenightowl.

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Jan. 28 – Jan. 31

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Welcome to another Monday. Hopefully you have a day off due to Memorial Day weekend. If not I hope this news headline scramble tides you over.

Here are the local Washington Examiner headlines I had to work with this time:

Jan 28 - Jan 31 ALL HEDS

And here’s what I came up with:

 

Jan 28 - Jan 31 HEDA

THAT’S AWESOME

Jan 28 - Jan 31HEDB

Sounds like an institution of higher learning

Jan 28 - Jan 31HEDC

This sounds false

See any I missed? Leave a message or tweet at @littlenightowl.

 

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Jan. 21 – Jan. 26

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You’ve made it to Friday. Hurray! Here’s your end of the week news headline scramble courtesy of The Washington Examiner:

Jan 21 - Jan 26 -ALL HEDS

And here are the two combos I came up with:

 

Jan 21 - Jan 26 HEDA

My home state doesn’t exactly have the best people behind the wheel

 

and…

 

Jan 21 - Jan 26HEDB

One nation, united in clenching.

See any that I missed? Leave a comment or tweet at @littlenightowl.

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Jan. 14 – 19

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Happy Monday! Hope you’re not too depressed about that to make up headlines with me. Here’s another round of Washington Examiner headlines I had to choose from in mid-January:

Jan. 14 - Jan. 19 All HEDS

And here are some of the possible combinations:

Jan. 14 - Jan. 19HEDD

Jan. 14 - Jan. 19HEDC

Jan. 14 - Jan. 19HEDB

Jan. 14 - Jan. 19HEDA

This one frightens the hell out of me.

 

See any that I missed? Leave a comment or tweet me at @littlenightowl.

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Jan. 2 – Jan. 5

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Happy Friday y’all. Because of some godawful events that took place in mid-December we’re skipping to the new year already. Here’s what I had to work with from the Washington Examiner during the week of Jan. 2 – Jan. 5:

Jan. 2-5

A bit harder this time since two of my papers were MIA (grr) but I tried to make do with what I had:

Jan. 2-5 HED

Find a combo I missed? Leave it in the comments section or tweet at @littlenightowl.

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Nov. 26-Dec. 1

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I begin Monday’s post with owning up to my own idiocy. Apparently, last week’s set of local Washington Examiner headlines were all from the Dec. 3- Dec . 8 week of papers and not Nov. 26 – Dec. 1. Here were your choices from the latter week of headlines:

Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 - c Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-a Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-b Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-d Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-e

And here are some of the combinations I came up with:

Nov26Dec1HedD Nov26Dec1HedC Nov26Dec1HedB Nov26Dec1HedA

Put any I probably missed in the comments section or tweet at @littlenightowl.

All The News That’s Fit To Make Up – Intro

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One of my favorite parts of my commute (when the Metro Red Line is agreeable) is reading the free daily papers. Unfortunately, The Washington Examiner, which I interned for several years ago, will cease to exist in its current form this summer.

Beside the stellar coverage on WMATA and local government, The Washington Examiner stood out for another reason: gigantic black, bold headlines like this:examinerhed

So to pay homage to the paper’s coverage, headlines and notable front page layout, I decided to do a project that creates new headlines from one week of coverage. I’ll post the new headlines every Monday and Friday until the unfortunate day that I run out of issues. We start in the week of Dec. 3 – Dec. 8.

Here’s what I had to work with:

Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-e Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-d Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-c Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-b Nov. 26 - Dec. 1-a

 And here are some combinations:

Nov26-Dec1 HedA Nov26-Dec1 HedB Nov26-Dec1 HedC

And my personal favorite:

 

Nov26-Dec1 - HedD

No need for heroin. A visit from a hobbled RGIII should do just fine.

If there are any combinations I over look feel free to respond via comment or tweet at http://twitter.com/littlenightowl.

 

 

 

1,001 new ways to say “Duh”

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The 80 Cats Phenomenon

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Every year we are bound to run into a news headline like the one I saw on my Twitter feed today:

My first thought should be that the story is sad on multiple levels for the hoarders and pets who lived in squalor. Unfortunately, spending multiple years in journalism has severely depleted my compassion levels and my brain just simply isn’t wired like that anymore. It’s only wired to have the same reaction every time I see this story:

Why is it always 80 CATS?

Not 50 cats. Not 200 cats. Eighty cats. Every. Single. Time.

If you don’t believe me, type in “more than 80 cats” in a Google search. Below is only a sample of what you will find (most of these were just in 2011):

 

 

 

It should be noted that these people *willing* chose to have that many

 

 

Approximately 80 cats are apparently every home’s threshold for a contained atmosphere of feces, hairballs and general life failure before it seeps through an unsealed crack and into the air we breathe. Only then do we call animal control.

When the number crept up to 50 did neighbors say, “Well there are a shit ton of cats here but…I think it will get better”? It doesn’t get better after 50 cats. It wasn’t going to get better after 20 cats. Yet for some reason the number has to hover around 80 before any action takes place.

 

Unless THIS woman is your neighbor. Then you clearly get a pass

 

a convo about incontinent bums with a guy nicknamed "homeless"

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me: it would be even better if it were grape drink: http://breakingnews.baltimoresun.com/2009/08/31/tractor-trailer-carrying-grape-juice-overturns-in-city/
David: SUGAR WATER PURPLE!
me: Police are redirecting traffic in the Greektown area after a sugar, water, purple spill
Coincidentally this not the first time such a spill has occurred in the neighborhood
Joe Thayer, 77, remembers the great apple drink spill of 1983
“The entire curb was stained green for weeks,” Thayer said. “It took the work of hundreds of urinating bums over a couple of months before it looked normal again.”
David: LMAO!!!
that’s a lot of curb urine
me: well there are a lot of bmore bums
they’ll get the job done
whether they realize it or not
David: really could use some apple drink right now