Category Archives: Audience Participation
Detroit’s 7 Action News reports that a 12-year-old brought a backpack full of $20,000 in cash to school, and started handing it out to classmates in what Yahoo news describes as “quite the show-and-tell.”
Which is quite true, because school officials did show and tell details about the incident to the police, who confiscated all of the money until they are provided with a reasonable explanation as to where the money came from! (The girl got the money from a friend, whose family has been asked to provide the explanation.)
And speaking of Show and Tell, today’s WordPress Daily Prompt challenges bloggers with the following:
“You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.”
Three Worse Show And Tell Presentations For Detroit School Kids Than A Free Money Presentation
1. “Why Not To Be A News Reporter In Detroit.” The presentation would begin with the real 7 Action News Story where the reporter tells the anchor that $20,000 is more cash than either of them are likely to see at once in their life time. The presentation would continue with video of Bill O’Reilly yelling at people. Then, time for a Newsweek chart showing Bill O’Reilly’s 2010 estimated income of $20 million, a math equation showing that’s 1,000 times more than $20,000, and then a Bill O’Reilly impersonation where Bill explains to the students his theory that the Detroit reporter will never see $20,000 because the Obama administration has overtaxed her by that amount, regardless of what she really makes.
2. “Reasonable Explanations Of Where You Got $20,000 in Cash So The Police Will Give You Your Money Back.” This presentation would show photos of Detroit’s three casinos, and then show 4 minutes of the Kevin Spacey film “21,” which was about counting cards.
3. “Bad Explanations of Where You Got $20,000.” This 8-mile, rap battle format presentation would include explanations such as:
- Gambling under the age of 21 after just seeing the movie “21″
- Selling drugs and stealing copper wires from the police station
- From the fancy 3-D printing machine in the basement!
We have selected our final entry to our challenge to readers to provide us with bad news, which comes from blogger List Of X, who recently wrote a funny entry on Mitt Romney math you should check out. List Of X also challenged us to provide a blog idea for the List of X blog, so since you like the letter “X”, here you go, Listy: 10 Ridiculous Words Using The Letter “X” Authorized By The Official Scrabble Dictionary. You’re welcome!
Now to the news story. U.S. News and World Report reports that a man was fired by a police department because he wouldn’t trim his beard, which his religion forbids cutting. This is bad news, and we hope the parties involved can work it out in a way that allows the man to practice his religion.
In the mean time, while it may be difficult to make anyone in such a situation feel better, it still could be worse, so here are 3 Worse Things Than Getting Fired From Your Job Due To Your Religious Beliefs: Read the rest of this entry
Thanks to blogger List Of X, who accepted our challenge to provide us with bad news! Said blogger promptly advised us in a highly unconventional non-list format, of a scoop from CNN about two Australia Olypmic swimmers getting in trouble from the Australian Olympic Authorities for posing on Facebook with guns. And we’re not talking about how they refer to their arms in the first person, we’re talking real-looking weapons. Read the rest of this entry
We will write 3 entries based on your bad news! (Well, not necessarily your bad news, but the best materials received that won’t result in people hitting the “report as ‘mature’” button on WordPress). Just send us a link via Twitter, on Facebook, or in the comments section below. You can also write your own personal “bad news”, provided it’s 140 characters or less if it’s on Twitter, because Twitter can’t handle bad news that takes more than four sentences to relay, without sitting down first.
3 Worse Things Than Getting To Choose Your Own Bad News For This Blog
1. Reading the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel entitled “You Are A Shark!” Spoiler alert: you never get to be a shark!
2. Trying to choose the next winner of American Idol, unless you’re voting for the boy tween girls think is cute, because that’s who is always going to win, unless you’re willing to dial someone else’s number 100,000 times.
3. Getting to choose what to watch on the CBS network on any given evening. A quick glance at the CBS schedule reveals you can choose the Tony Awards on Sunday night, or a show called “Dogs In The City” on Wednesday. And then we stopped looking at the CBS Schedule, reminded that we’re more likely to see roaming wild dogs in the city, than get tickets to the ever-sold-out Book Of Mormon any time soon.