Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Silly headlines, silly articles

I was walking along Silliman Avenue this morning when this headline caught my eye: "Cops watch showbiz hookers." It conjured an image that was probably much different from what the editor was intending. It doesn't help at all that it's Kris Aquino and James Yap that's featured prominently on the front page.

But then again, People's Tonight is a tabloid and what are tabloids if they're not screaming obscenities, eh?

Not that a headline like this is anything new. In fact, in light of past reports, it's rather tame. The Philippine police is notorious for conducting sting operations against prostitutes where the operative actually has to have sex with the girl before announcing that she's under arrest. How does that go again? Oh, yes, "it's a dirty job but someone has to do it."

On the other hand, not all silliness happens in the headlines. Inquirer's resident paranormal kook Jaime Licauco, writing on the power to materialize things by sheer willpower, recounts this story in his column today:
In the late ’80s, I observed a poor man named Estong materialize coins from his mouth on the streets of Edsa Central in Mandaluyong City. Bus and jeepney drivers would give him, for example, 25-centavo coins. He would put the coin in his empty mouth and when he opened it, a one-peso coin had replaced the 25-centavo coin.

And, of course, that begs the question: if Estong could materialize money from his mouth (or to be more accurate, realize a 300% gain in a matter of seconds), why in heaven's name was he poor?

Maybe it was because he could only produce P1-coins?

Maybe his mouth got tired easily?

Maybe he didn't have enough brains to put in a P100 bill inside his mouth instead? (Just think, it would have netted him P300.)

Licauco goes on:
There are many examples of this type of materialization in daily life. A boy wishing to have a particular toy receives it as a gift, although he told no one about it. A lowly employee wanting to own an expensive camera he couldn’t afford suddenly gets one from a cousin who unexpectedly arrives from Saudi Arabia.

Obviously, the good psychic hasn't heard of strong hints.

Neither are editorials immune from silliness. Today's Inquirer editorial couldn't seem to make up its mind which side of the gay question it wanted to be on. But I'll let my friend Teng expound on that. In any case, the editorial was less than stellar.

1 comment:

  1. Obviously, the good psychic hasn't heard of strong hints.
    Yeah, those strong hints that come with a nudge hahaha.

    Well, here's another booboo... http://pattybee.multiply.com/journal/item/46
    Gatungan ko pa daw ba?