Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Misread of the Day #1

We read a headline in today's Times as saying "Study of Songbirds Finds High Levels of Memory." Fascinating, we thought. Of course! It makes perfect sense. They have complicated, intricate songs that require a high level of memorization. There goes science, proving what we already knew in our heart of hearts. Ah, look at the photo of the songbird, looking very sage and self-satisfied...brilliant, brilliant little thing.

An hour or two later, headline was glimpsed again with its true wording: "...High Levels of Mercury."

Oh.

(First part of an occasional featurette.)

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