Monthly Archives: May 2015

If a sack of mud has the GPA, shouldn’t it be allowed to walk?

In Pennsylvania, the Upper Adams School District distributed a four-page letter to graduating high school seniors, on “Proper Attire & Etiquette for Awards Program and Graduation.” It included useful advice (take diploma in left hand, so you can shake with … Continue reading

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Chris Pratt’s pre-emptive press-tour strike

When Equinox does it, it’s douchey. When Chris Pratt does it, it is adorable! What is it? Pre-Apology! 

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What is that unfortunate smell?

There was a distinctive smell at Refugio Beach. Someone called the fire department. Firefighters from Santa Barbara found a big old oil slick – “dark, black crude oil” – in the ocean. About a half-mile-long slick, Captain Dave Zaniboni told … Continue reading

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Two surprisingly good corporate apologies

There have been a lot of quease-inducingly bad apologies lately. (We’ve shared a bunch on our Facebook page that we didn’t address here.) As a palate-cleanser, let’s look at a couple of good ones.

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I apologize for your provoking of me

At a high school graduation in Stone Mountain, GA, the principal forgot to call the valedictorian to speak. Belatedly, she tried to get the departing audience to come back. When they continued to file out, she sneered, “Look at who is leaving … Continue reading

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How did it happen? More on a lightly-reported story

It was a strange little story about a California school district’s outrageous practice. Happy ending when they backed down. There were apologies! But it all centered on a song so odd – downright archaic – that it called for some … Continue reading

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Sexist scientist schmucks sorry-ish

Warning. I am crankier than usual right now. I’m still in a fury about serial domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather being protected by the entire city of Las Vegas and getting paid a gazillion dollars to beat someone up (at least that … Continue reading

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I’d rather take a bullet than apologize

Benedict Arnold is notorious as a traitor in the American Revolution. After fighting with distinction on the American side and being promoted to major general, things started going less well. He was injured at Saratoga (1777), passed over for promotion, … Continue reading

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