Headline of the Day

Boy, this one took several tries to parse. From Reuters:

NY police on U.N. Pope watch rescue beaver

Look! Out in the river! It’s a fish! It’s a boat! It’s Rescue Beaver!

Belly Laugh of the Morning

Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos moderate the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858:

LINCOLN: I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect slavery will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other …

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you love America this much (extending fingers), this much (extending hands slightly), or thiiiiiis much (extending hands broadly)?

LINCOLN: I think we covered this …

GIBSON: If I may interrupt …

LINCOLN: Please.

GIBSON: I noticed, Mr. Lincoln, that your American flag pin was upside down …

Grant Me the Serenity to Accept What I Cannot Edit

I open up the book and the very first sentence I see is

Passing the PE exam has served as a significant milestone in the career of professional engineers since the exam’s origination.

Frustratingly, I’m here to do a fast readthrough, not a serious copy editing, so I just mark the addition of an s to career and move on. But significant milestone is redundant; passing the exam doesn’t “serve as” a milestone, it is one; and origination for beginning is dreadful. I can see already that this readthrough will be a teethgrinder, but I only have time to fix the out-and-out errors, I only have time to fix the out-and-out errors, I only have time to fix the out-and-out errors ….