24 December 2015

News from the You Can't Make This Up File

It has been a while since I have had any items from the You Can't Make This Up file, but I am happy to offer these items for you today:
  • As further evidence that college students today have been taught not to make decisions based on reason but on emotion, eighteen young men and women signed a petition in protest of "White Christmas." They signed the petition - which was a prank - because the classic holiday song "perpetuates the idea that white is naturally good" and, hence, is "insulting to people of colour."
  • Seven-year-old Isabella LaPeruta of Old Bridge, New Jersey panicked after she touched the Elf on the Shelf in her house after it was hit with a ball and fell to the floor. In her fear, she called 911, though she said she tried to call her dad. I have always thought the Elf on the Shelf was a little creepy, but did not realize it could instill such reactions in children. Is the Elf on the Shelf really a good idea?
  • Some video gamers are more intense (?) than others. A twenty-eight-year-old man in Siberia has filed a lawsuit against Bethesda Game Studios for 500,000 rubles for emotional distress after he lost both his wife and his job consequent of his addiction to one of the studio's games. Sadly, this is not the first such lawsuit.

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