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It didn’t sink


BP halts video of leaking pipe, blames dirty lens

FRANCE-VALDEZOn Thursday BP said it was making progress on plugging the ruptured well as U.S. government figures showed the disaster has eclipsed the previous worst U.S. oil spill caused by the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989.

Your article states that Exxon Valdez ‘sank’. This is false.

The tanker struck Bligh Reef and its cargo hold ruptured, causing the spill – but it never sank.

The ship is still in service today under another name.


We corrected: GBU Editor

Tanker “S/R Mediterranean”, formerly named the Exxon Valdez, is seen docked in Fos-Sur-Mer’s harbor in southern France in a 2000 file photo.

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No Oscar for her…


Vanessa Williams turns “Desperate” for ABC

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Actress Vanessa Williams arrives at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

gbu vanessa 240LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Vanessa Williams will trade her scheming ways on TV comedy “Ugly Betty” for a role on a show where just about everyone seems to be plotting something: “Desperate Housewives.”

The wrong show…


gbu clean houseNiecy Nash no longer “Dancing with the Stars”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Niecy Nash was eliminated from ABC’s ballroom competition show “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday after receiving the lowest scores from the judges and failing to rally viewers to her side.

Nash, the bubbly host of reality show “How Clean is Your House” and an actress on “Reno 911!,” was joined in the bottom two by NFL footballer Chad Ochocinco after a grueling week in which the routines were upped to two apiece.

The wrong sex…


Buffett worried on inflation, Greek ‘high drama’

gbu lagarde 240French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde earlier Saturday said he was expecting an aid package of around 100-120 billion euros ($133-$160 billion), and had “good hopes” an agreement could be reached by the end of this weekend.

He? I believe Christine Lagarde is a woman. You may want to correct that.

Careful Reader

Yes. Several readers pointed that out to us: GBU Editor

France’s Finance Minister Christine Lagarde (R) speaks to the media in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris after attending a ministers’ meeting with the president about an aid plan for Greece on May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The wrong actress…


gbu redgrave 490

That’s a picture of VANESSA you morons!!!

Ben C.

TONY AWARDSHey brainiacs…you posted a picture of Vanessa Redgrave.


Isn’t Lynn the one who passed away? Who’s your checker????


Why are you showing a picture of Vanessa with Lynn’s obituary?


You have a picture of Vanessa Redgrave over the obituary of her sister Lynn. How horrible.


We did it and of course lots of readers noticed. There isn’t much I can say to defend it: GBU Editor

Not a new idea?


Visitors banned from Kashmir’s “Jesus” shrine

INDIA-JESUS/SHRINEThe idea that Jesus survived crucifixion and visited Kashmir was first raised in the 1973 book “Christ in Kashmir,” by local journalist Aziz Kashmiri. Several other books followed it.

First raised in a 1973 book? Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wrote about how Jesus survived crucifixion, migrated to Kashmir, died and was buried at the Shrine at Rozabal, in his book “Jesus in India” in 1896.

Baited breadth?



EXTRA! Wall Street Journal heads into NY hyperdrive

“Some people are waiting with baited breadth, including Janet.”

In your April 23 article, Benchmark analyst Edward Atorino is quoted as saying, “Some people are waiting with baited breadth…”

Million vs. billion, again…

BP to invest £650 billion plus in alt energy

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California (Reuters) – Oil major BP Plc  plans to invest more than $1 billion (650 million pounds) this year on alternative energy development, the head of BP’s alternative energy unit said on Tuesday.

BP is not investing £650 BILLION plus – the article clearly states £650 MILLION (or ONE BILLION dollars)

100-year-old boomers?


Pharma seeks genetic clues to healthy aging LIFE SIXTYOne thing is sure: the pool of people to work with is growing fast. There are around 450,000 centenarians in the world today and experts estimate that thanks to aging baby-boomers, there could be a million across the world by 2030.   It’s not that much of an error, but baby-boomers are 1945 on, so they won’t start becoming centenarians until 2045, right?


Yes, several readers properly questioned our math. We corrected: GBU Editor

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton salutes the crowd as he leaves the stage in a 2006 file photo, just days before turning 60. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski

Readers get Big Bang out of typo


Mini-Big Bangs created in cosmos origins project

SCIENCE/CERNGENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) – Physicists smashed sub-atomic particles into each other with record energy on Tuesday, creating thousands of mini-Big Bangs like the primeval explosion that gave birth to the universe 13.7 years ago.

What? 13.7 years means the big bang happened mid-July, 1997. Did I miss that original event also?