JABbering Stooge

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

UK Register sets up MST fic gag

In the fanfiction subgenre of MST fics, one of the common clichés is to have one of the MSTers respond to the general theme of the piece (or a specific section) by suggesting "worse" ideas/topics for the original author to write about, immediately followed by another MSTer saying something along the lines of "Don't give him/her any ideas!" For example:
SCIMITAR: Only three things can do this to Ksa.
REI: And they are?
SCIMITAR: Child porn, bad spelling, and Sakuya.
RANMA: Well, I haven't seen Peter this mad since Nintendo canceled bringing `Earthbound 2' to the states.
RYOGA: Well, at least Tank cop hasn't made any lemons with Sakuya in the-URK!
(Ksawarrior is now holding Ryoga by the neck, floating three feet
off the ground.)
KSA(really P.O.ed): Don't give him ideas. (Drops Ryoga, and returns to his seat.)

In that vein, it seems that the UK Register has done exactly that in publishing an April Fool's Day gag article suggesting that President Bush, as part of the War on Terrorism, was preparing an executive order preventing him from relinquishing power on Jan. 20, 2009.

Grist for the conspiracy mill? Under ordinary circumstances, maybe. However, as some astute Bartcoppers pointed out, there are a couple of items that, coupled with the date of publication, make it clear that this was printed as a goof:

  • The URL for the article, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/01/gwot_cha/, is not one that falls in the Register's normal directory structure for serious articles about events here in the U.S. - read the directory name, "gwot_cha," fast enough, and it almost sounds like "gotcha!"

  • Many of the names cited as sources in the article are names of actors who have starred in Three Stooges short films, such as Christine McIntyre, Jock Mahoney, Philip Van Zandt and Bud Jamison.

Poorly though out April Fool's gag? Soitanly! N'yuck! N'yuck! N'yuck! N'yuck! However, given the amount of criminality coming out of this administration, seeing them actually put it into practice is not out of the realm of possibility.

Please don't give the Bushies any ideas, UK Register editors!

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