March 6, 2003

By Michael Strickland

3/3/03, 3:33 and Other Odd Numbers

Recently, I have come across a number of oddities in the daily news. None have been newsworthy enough to devote a full column to their analysis, but taken together, they might make for an interesting—if fluffy—digest. At the very least, you'll probably find yourself asking, "What were they thinking?"

Disturbing the Peace
Last Monday, mall security officers detained a 61-year-old troublemaker who obviously meant to spread sedition by wearing a T-shirt that read "Give Peace a Chance." If a man can be arrested for sporting an antiwar T-shirt, then wearing those ultra-baggy pants that hang down over your ass should be a capital offense.

Hussein Goes Hollywood
As if Dan Rather's interview of Saddam Hussein wasn't laughable enough, there's late word out of Hollywood that the "Iraqi" translator who spoke Saddam's English translation was actually a Screen Actors Guild performer speaking in a faux accent. CBS defended the use of the voice actor, saying the fake accent was used to make the voiceover "compatible" with the rest of the segment. Kind of like how Rather's puffy softballs to Saddam were "compatible" with the Iraqi dictator's smoke-and-mirrors style.

Third Time's a Charm
Also on Monday—that's 3/3/03—a Florida woman gave birth to her third child at 3:33 in the afternoon. If there's any truth to the saying that good things come in threes, then this kid has a lucky future ahead of it—at least luckier than the child born on June 6, 1966 at 7:06 p.m. (that's 6:66 p.m. for those of you who can't do math).

And Still More Strangeness....

  • An online banking glitch gave a Princeton University student access to university accounts totaling $9.9 million when he tried to access a student publication's account. He stayed up all night trying to decide whether to use the money to buy books or bombs.
  • Police have recovered Cher's stolen wig. No word yet on whether Winona Ryder was involved.
  • Beginning this Sunday, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole will join the team of CBS' "60 Minutes." 'Nuff said.


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