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So the meteorite is the story of the day, and rightfully so!

But from the CNN.com article:

Meteoroids are small particles from comets or asteroids, orbiting the sun. Meteors are meteoroids that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporize, also known as shooting stars. Meteorites are meteoroids that actually land on the Earth’s surface. The pieces of the meteor that exploded in Russia are meteorites. Generally meteorites are smaller than grains of sand and vaporize on passage through the atmosphere. But there are also larger meteorites.

Did you catch that? In one sentence, they define meteorite, and in the very next they describe a meteorite in terms that contradict the definition they just gave.

Is it just me?
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No, they screwed up. But I see bigger screwups all the time. It seems every day I catch an obvious error in an article from a "serious new source". Either grammatical (having the same word twice in a row, for example), or spelling (usually the misspelling turns the word into another valid word, so the automatic spell checker doesn't catch it).

I think that everybody's skimping on editors these days. Oh well.
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Wy ar u so hadr on the medea?

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Here's the problem. The editor is a cat!

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I got tickled awhile back reading an article about Tina Turner and her fifty decades in the music business.
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scribidinus wrote:
I got tickled awhile back reading an article about Tina Turner and her fifty decades in the music business.

Little known fact, Tina Turner is a vampire.
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Leezer wrote:
scribidinus wrote:
I got tickled awhile back reading an article about Tina Turner and her fifty decades in the music business.

Little known fact, Tina Turner is a vampire.


Incorrect! She's a Zomby Woof.

/obscure
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I just realized I'd written anymore as two words (which I don't think is correct), and that I'd included at least one unneccessary comma. I guess I should have... well, you know.
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One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming. Winner of this year's Ted Baxter Award. You could tell for a second Bill Nye was just stunned by the sheer stupidity of the question.
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mrbeankc wrote:
One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming. Winner of this year's Ted Baxter Award. You could tell for a second Bill Nye was just stunned by the sheer stupidity of the question.


Wow. Just. Wow.

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
-George Carlin
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Willward wrote:
mrbeankc wrote:
One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming. Winner of this year's Ted Baxter Award. You could tell for a second Bill Nye was just stunned by the sheer stupidity of the question.


Wow. Just. Wow.

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
-George Carlin


I use this quote all the time. It's brilliant.
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mrbeankc wrote:
One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming.


Yes, it is. All the asteroids are escaping the cold of deep space, looking for a warm spot to vacation.
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Willward wrote:
mrbeankc wrote:
One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming. Winner of this year's Ted Baxter Award. You could tell for a second Bill Nye was just stunned by the sheer stupidity of the question.


Wow. Just. Wow.

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
-George Carlin

I know using "median" would ruin a very good line . . . . but it still bugs me.
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Erik17 wrote:
Willward wrote:
mrbeankc wrote:
One of CNN's anchors earlier this week asked Bill Nye if asteroids were caused by global warming. Winner of this year's Ted Baxter Award. You could tell for a second Bill Nye was just stunned by the sheer stupidity of the question.


Wow. Just. Wow.

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
-George Carlin

I know using "median" would ruin a very good line . . . . but it still bugs me.
"Average" can mean either "median" or "mean." From the rest of the joke it is clear that he meant median, so he is correct and there is no need to use the mathematically accurate terminology.
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CrankyPants wrote:
Leezer wrote:
scribidinus wrote:
I got tickled awhile back reading an article about Tina Turner and her fifty decades in the music business.

Little known fact, Tina Turner is a vampire.


Incorrect! She's a Zomby Woof.

/obscure

Ooh, you really Zapped 'em with that line...
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Koldfoot wrote:
Back to the original meteor thing.

I do not see an error as you describe it.


CNN wrote:
...Meteors are meteoroids that enter the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporize, also known as shooting stars. Meteorites are meteoroids that actually land on the Earth’s surface. The pieces of the meteor that exploded in Russia are meteorites. Generally meteorites are smaller than grains of sand and vaporize on passage through the atmosphere...


Meteor = vaporize in the atmosphere
Meteorite = land on the ground

The last sentence says that meteorites generally are small and vaporize; these are not meteorites, but meteors. (I'm guessing that the last "meteorite" in my quote above should be "meteoroid").
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Does no one anyone proofread any more?

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Just read a "serious news piece" about the Australian swim team that included the phrase "team members breeched agreements". "Breech" is misused twice in one paragrah, then later it uses the proper word in the sentence "The use of those drugs being a breach of Team policy."

Grrrr. Proofread, people! Breech is a word, but it is not a synonym for breach!
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
Does no one anyone proofread any more?


Heck, I've never expected of myself what I demand of others. What would be the point of that?
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wmshub wrote:
"Breech" is misused twice in one paragrah,

If done twice, does that make breeches?
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