Thursday, January 26, 2012

Belly Laugh

Observations from the Circus

“Here . . . more than anywhere else that I know of or have heard of, the daily panorama of human existence, of private and communal folly—the unending procession of governmental extortions and chicaneries, of commercial brigandages and throat-slittings, of theological buffooneries, of aesthetic ribaldries, of legal swindles and harlotries, of miscellaneous rogueries, villainies, imbecilities, grotesqueries, and extravagances—is so inordinately gross and preposterous, so perfectly brought up to the highest conceivable amperage, so steadily enriched with an almost fabulous daring and originality, that only the man who was born with a petrified diaphragm can fail to laugh himself to sleep every night, and to awake every morning with all the eager, unflagging expectation of a Sunday-school superintendent touring the Paris peep-shows.”

—H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), journalist, social critic and author, from “On Being an American.” Prejudices, Third Series (1922)
(Thanks to alert WORDster Karl Petruso)

• Editorial Comment: Newt Gingrich? Seriously? Laugh to keep from crying.

• Back to Basics: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Australian journalism prof Eric Loo on techno hype? Click here.

News from our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café
No injuries in Wednesday fire at Utah State’s LDS Institute building, by Tmera Bradley
Sundance 2012: Redford’s New Frontier all about film innovations, by Ben Hansen
250 brave icy Hyrum waters to take ‘Polar Plunge’ for Special Olympics, by Kristi Ottley
Flooded basements, closed roads still the story in Cache Valley, by Jemina Herrero
North Logan boundary change may affect corn maze, by Steve Kent
Guv gives Aggies political pep talk, vows more support for colleges, by Allie Jeppson

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