May 09, 2008


Aw, come on. It's the same as G.W. Bush not being able to recall the name of Pakistan's President--even if he was able to give a brief digest of the man's rise to power.

Exactly the same.

Stolen from AllahP at Hot Air.

And Chris swapped out his daily strip to accommodate this. I'm hoping he's going to run the one that was up earlier, though . . . I liked it.

And now someone is going to slam me on my numerical memory. Well, I don't usually conflate odd numbers with even ones. Though I did once compose a "sonnet" that was a full quatrain short, and in conversation at a party once in the middle of the night (and not the least bit tipsy), I suggested something about the "decade" between 1972 and 1980.

"Um. Aren't most decades ten years long?" I was asked.

"Not that one," I informed the questioner. "A lot was compressed into that particular one, so they cut it off by two years. No one wanted any more seventies than they absolutely had to put up with."

In my defense, I once knew a guy who balanced his checkbook in base-8. I feel that this was on the nerdy side.

UPDATE: Insty has a "57-gate*" roundup. We who cannot remember numbers are discriminated against! Though I do like the idea of someone asking him to name all 114 senators.

* "Fifty-seven-gate"? "57gate"? "57Gate"? LMA style generally uses words for numbers between one and nineteen, and numerals for 20 and larger. Except, of course, at the beginning of a sentence.

LMA style permits the vulgar use of -gate as a suffix for scandalous phrases. Its copy chiefs, however, have yet to reach an accord on whether these locutions should be hyphenated.

You know, my fierce OCD could be a powerful force if it were only used for good, instead of . . . compulsiveness.

Posted by Attila Girl at May 9, 2008 11:02 PM | TrackBack

You are joking when you compare Bush's failure on his "gotcha" question to this dopyness, right? I have to ask, because I'm a stupid wingnut who has trouble figuring out when people are obviously joking, or so I've been told:

Posted by: Nice Deb at May 10, 2008 02:34 PM

When Obama has a brain fart, he doesn't fool around. Like his 10,000 dead in Kansas from that twister. Real number 12 (10 at the time).

Posted by: Darrell at May 10, 2008 08:20 PM

I'm just trying to defend English majors; that's all. ;)

Come on--ya gotta like that eight-year decade. That was the apogee of my absentmindedness--unless that was the time I put windshield wiper fluid in my radiator.

Or, um, the time I was driving from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, and rather dreamily got back on the 5 going north for a while after I gassed up. That's not as embarrassing as the fact that I had to drive by a number of fields of grapes before I thought, "hm. Wrong place for grapevines. Even so, it was still another 15 or 20 minutes before I focused enough to realize I was driving the wrong direction.

I'm always impressed with myself when I make mistakes that Scanmaster (the Nudist on the Late Shift) wouldn't make.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 11, 2008 01:10 AM

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