Read and chuckle

May 16, 2013

The front page of Wednesday’s newspaper was as serious as any day’s, but it still offered us two opportunities to chuckle.

First, there was the account of a U.S. diplomat expelled from Russia after allegedly trying to recruit a Russian agent as a spy.

Russians said the U.S. Embassy employee, Ryan Fogle, was caught with – except for the packets of cash – a spy kit that might have been ordered from the back page of a comic book, including wigs, dark glasses, a map and compass.

A compass? Really? In this age of smartphones and GPS?

This sounds like an episode of “Get Smart.” Did anyone check to see if his shoe was actually a phone?

Second, we were somewhat taken aback to read that the Federal Transit Administration had issued a grant to rehabilitate the Fredericktown Ferry in the amount of $970 million. That seems a bit much to spruce up a cable-driven boat. In fact, the grant was for $970,000 – still an awful lot of money, but not as much as we erroneously reported.

To put this in perspective, $970 million is enough to buy 21.2 tons of gold. Rebuilding the ferryboat in solid gold would go a long way to encourage riders.



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