Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

Curry Confuses, Apologizes To (But Does Not Eat) Wheaties

Published May 25, 2010

People who attended Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., according to the college’s Truthop├Ždia entry:

His Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of Bhutan, is a Wheatie. (via Wikimedia Commons)

His Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of Bhutan, is a Wheatie. (via Wikimedia Commons)

  • Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former head of the EPA
  • Lesley Stahl, journalist, CBS News
  • His Royal Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of Bhutan

People who did not attend Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.:

  • Rev. Billy Graham, evangelist
  • Wes Craven, horror movie director
  • Dennis Hastert, former U.S. House speaker

The latter three notables, in fact, attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.

NBC newswoman Ann Curry missed the distinction in a commencement speech this weekend, reeling off a list of alumni from Wheaton’s Wheaton instead of Norton’s Wheaton.

Norton’s Wheaties were confused but gracious. Curry received a standing ovation at the end of her speech. And the college has accepted Curry’s formal written apology.

Update: At least she listens to NPR.

Did You Deface The Ducks?

Published May 25, 2010

Did you deface these ducks? (Rachel L. Blumenthal via Twitter)

Did you deface these ducks? (Rachel L. Blumenthal via Twitter)

I’m going on the radio today to talk about these ducklings, which has turned into a debate about whether the vandalism was really a political statement about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Was it you? Were you making a statement? I’m calling for the Duckgate perpetrator to come forward ANONYMOUSLY and tell me his or her story. You are guaranteed the best protection there is: The protection of a journalist who guards his sources.

Please e-mail me at aphelps@wbur.org or call me at (617) 358-1460. Hope to hear from you.

Hubbub Live: iPhone App Preview At 12 Noon

Published May 25, 2010

Our free app for iPhone and iPod Touch is released next month, and I think it’ll knock your socks off. Join me here at 12 noon for a preview. We’ll take your questions.

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