Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Ames gets Retarded

So while being stuck in the middle of Iowa, I get to see the drama of the National Special Olympics unfold. Yes, the NATIONAL version is being held in Ames, Iowa. And YES, there has been some drama.

Shortly before the games were to begin, one of the Ames papers printed a guide insert containing ideas about what to do while in Ames. The section's title?

Ames for Dummies.

Yes. Some writer came up with the idea to use a takeoff on the popular "for Dummies" series of instructional books. For the special olympics athletes and their families. And this passed through the editing staff. And got to print. LOTS of copies in print.

I must admit, I did laugh at this-but only in a horrified way. Like how can a series of people be so stupid not to catch this? Or worse, how can a series of journalists think this little double-entendre is funny and acceptable?

Heres the article:

www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060630/NEWS/60630017/1001

1 Comments:

At 5:03 PM, Blogger airplanejayne said...

this just out:

"Newspaper Editing for Dummies"

 

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