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April 24, 2012


Tuesdays with Moron: Chatological Humor Update

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About the hosts

About the host

Host: Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten is the humor writer for The Washington Post. His column, Below the Beltway, has appeared weekly in the Post's Sunday magazine since July 2000 and has been distributed nationwide on The Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

About the topic

Every Tuesday, Gene publishes weekly updates to his chats.

- Gene's latest chat

- Gene's next chat (May 2)

Gene Weingarten :

Today, we have a milestone in Chatological Humor history.   Today's update consists entirely of one item, which is only a link, and the link is only to one small newspaper story of value only because of one aptonym.   But the aptonym is among the greatest of all time; hence, the extraordinary treatment.   The story itself is replete with wonderful facts.

Okay.    So, I know I promised you only one item but another has just crossed my desk, meriting mention.     A vaunted new e-reader, used to grade student essays, gave a perfect score to this one, which was written by English professor Les Perelman.  Mr. Perelman discovered that e-rater has a very basic, very serious flaw:  It does not check facts.   At all.


Note:  The next full chat is next WEDNESDAY, not TUESDAY.    The second, not the first.   Submit questions here.