Thursday, June 19, 2008

Apparently, They Fell Off

First, let me direct you to where the AP site directed me for this story.

Once you're there, look up at the address bar and note the tag: CANADA MYSTERY FEET?

I love that. It doesn't say that anywhere in the body or headline of the article, but there it is, the thing we were all thinking but only some lowly namer-of-URL had the guts to say.

Second, I'm a little disappointed in this Houston Chronicle version of the AP article because the reprint on Comcast included the following sentence:

"The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said there's no evidence the feet were severed or removed from the victims' legs by force."

Hence, the blogtitle.

FOOTNOTE (crossed): Because I know years from now when they are excavating this blog for archaeological reasons that link will be defunct, let me brief it for you:

Starting last summer, a rash of feet (a rash is six, in case you didn't know) have washed up near Vancouver, BC. Each was encased in an athletic shoe, each found by a casual beachgoer. Citizens speculate they belong(ed) to victims of violent crime or a plane crash. Authorities aren't committing to anything. Mounties think they fell off.

Oh, and third? There is a correction at the bottom that says, "This version CORRECTS Corrects spelling of British Columbia in lede."

Presumably, they will now be correcting the correction to reflect the correct spelling of "lead."

ETA: Ah, hubris. Years of college and high school journalism and I don't remember a single sighting of the word "lede," but a reliable source tells me the poor, wrongfully scoffed AP people are right.

Learn something new every day.

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