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Weekly World News breaks my heart

In my many years of relying on The Weekly World News to bring me the stories others fear to report — “Boxer knocks opponent into last century,” “Couple fall in love when they meet in tornado,” “Carpal tuna syndrome” — I was distressed to read a small-print notification on the bottom of page two:

Weekly World News articles are drawn from different sources and most are fictitious. Weekly World News uses invented names in many of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental. The reader should suspend belief for the sake of enjoyment.

Damn lawyers!

Besides, aren’t we supposed to suspend disbelief? [Tags: ]

4 Responses to “Weekly World News breaks my heart”

  1. In this case David, you need to suspend belief – because otherwise there would be no liability…thats all the lawyers are interested in…

  2. Oh, they just put that stuff in to appease Legal. It’s still true, just like they say, that the earth isn’t undergoing global warming… it’s just menopause. (Wouldn’t it be fun to write for them?)

  3. It is no fair about that.
    You should adjust.

  4. David’s right – to suspend disbelief is to accept something which you’d otherwise reject, so presumably suspending belief would involve a kind of phenomenological epoche or else an existentialist crise. Either that or you just wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning, because you wouldn’t be able to take anything for granted (presence of stairs, presence of bedroom floor, presence of feet on end of legs…)

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