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April 30, 2007

Letter to the Editor: Global Warming Caused By Daylight Savings Time

Okay, this may be fake, but it's pretty funny. An image supposedly taken from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Letters page follows. Looks real, but I'm pretty sure it's easy to fake an ink-smudged "newspaper page" in Photoshop.

Daylight exacerbates warming

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century....

This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would ave considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they?

Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps the next time there should be serious tudies before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.

CONNIE M. MESKIMEN

Hot Springs

Pretty funny, but I sort of doubt a newspaper would use the word "exacerbates" in a headline -- just doesn't seem newspaperish. And of course there's actually a typo in the headline; I've corrected "warning" to the intended "warming."

And of course it's just plain stupid. How could someone be this dumb, and how could a letters-page editor then be dumb enough on top of that to publish it? The hoax warning bells are sounding.

Still, assuming it's real, assuming it's not an attempt at irony, and assuming it's not a punking to make global warming sketpics look dumb -- assuming all of that -- kind of funny.

Thanks to Terrapin Fan.

Fake But Accurate: A real letter, really publshed -- but a punking. The author is a lawyer who fancies himself a letters-page humorist, playing dumb for laughs.

Thanks to Some Guy for finding that.


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