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When the Army takes your mother’s side

In one of those “One Hundred Years Ago” columns newspapers sometimes run, SorryWatch came across an interesting 1917 account of a soldier, Thomas J. Ryan, whose mother was having a hard time letting go. Ryan was stationed at the Presidio … Continue reading

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We’re doing this why?

Guest post from SorryWatch Senior Tennis Correspondent Wendy Grossman. One of the most commonly heard complaints of the suspicious tennis fan is this: the draw is fixed. The suspicious tennis fan is delusional, as I established last year. Draws are … Continue reading

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I’m just a hothead & it’s just tennis

  Fabio Fognini was having a bad moment at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York. Actually, 3 bad moments. In the singles, Stefano Travaglia, was beating him. In the process of losing he had 3 temper tantrums. These … Continue reading

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Vote for me! I have lucid intervals!

Kimberley Paige Barnette is running as a Republican for mayor of Charlotte, NC. Last month she participated in a candidate debate and said some noteworthy things. She didn’t love the poor, whom she said should be discouraged from coming to … Continue reading

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When jackbooted thugs come for your lemonade

On the streets of Tower Hamlets, a London borough, a five-year-old set up a lemonade stand. She charged 50 pence for a small glass, and a pound for a large one. That’s about 65 cents or a dollar-thirty. Her father, … Continue reading

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Think you have what it takes to be an Anteater? Ha ha! Wrong answer!

A university sent letters of admissions to more kids than it actually wanted to admit, calculating that a lot of them wouldn’t come. This happens all the time. If a school gets too many students, it may scramble to shoehorn … Continue reading

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Burning Man apologies roundup

It’s almost time. That time when a strangely-assorted group of people travel in their thousands to a flat dry dustpan to camp, build artworks, ignite spectacular flames, dance, give things to each other, and burn artworks down. And things too … Continue reading

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Raising a kid with low expectations

Sometimes an apology fails rational criteria and yet manages to do the job. SorryWatch was reading Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen‘s excellent autobiography, and came across such a case. As described in the book, Springsteen’s father was a hard man … Continue reading

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“Alleged” doesn’t belong in an apology

  Parkour, closely related to free running, is cool. Fun to do and to watch. You’re dashing through the built world like an obstacle course, bouncing off stuff, leaping from building to building as if pursued by killers, hurtling walls, … Continue reading

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One of many creeps

Dave McClure’s apology has the catchy headline “I’m a Creep. I’m Sorry.” Sounds promising! Then 900 words calling himself creep, asshole, selfish, inexcusable, clueless, inappropriate, defensive, crappy, shallow, shitty, and one who has lost the plot. Nice. Does that mean … Continue reading

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