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Friday(ish) roundup: Looks Matter Edition

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 9, 2013 01:04 PM

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Did you see this headline, from the Mankato Free Press?


So unfortunate. It immediately took me back to this unforgettable lede in a Globe story on the benefits of lycopene: "Nothing could be better for a prostate on a hot summer day than a nice piece of cold watermelon." I got yer rapefruit right here, buddy.

In other news, the Vatican has put up a 62-page online scrapbook for the pope emeritus, with photos from his years of service and captions by Benedict 16, rendered in English ... and Comic Sans. Tell me you don't see a disjunct between image, words, and type here:


With the situation in the Middle East heating up, you'd think the Pontiff would have taken one final opportunity to reach out to his Semitic brothers in Abraham, and used Papyrus.

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