For all intents and purposes, this week should have been quite solemn. School started, locking us all into unhealthy routines of too much reading and not enough sleep. The Obama Administration tried one more time to save health care and to save all of us from having to quit work early to save our sick selves. And it was the 8th anniversary of the attacks on September 11. And yet, the world’s Absurd Meter seemed to be stuck on “outrageous” the entire time. Here’s why:
- LIES: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted “You lie!” during Obama’s health care speech on Wednesday, clearly forgetting live-tv is not the same as reality tv, prompting a death-stare from Nancy Pelosi, giving Letterman a pretty decent Top 10 list and eliciting a whole column from Maureen Dowd.
- PROTESTS: Think yesterday’s Tea Bag protests were bad? Just be glad you weren’t in New Dehli where members of the Left Party brought out bows and arrows to protest a WTO meeting.
- ATHLETES: Earlier this summer, the gender of Caster Semenya from South Africa was brought into question when she started breaking running records like a man. Now, it turns out, she’s a hermaphrodite.
- LEAKS: The set list for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards has been leaked. It includes Cobra Starship, Pitbull and Britney Spears singing “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” As if MTV couldn’t sink any further.
- SPEED: In Africa, a pigeon can pass along information faster than the internet. It’s like something straight out of Monty Python.
- TENNIS: Serena Williams lost her US Open Women’s Semifinal match against Belgian Kim Clijsters because she swore at a lineswoman.
- GLEE: Fox’s newest show, “Glee“, started again this week, featuring an awkward group of Salt’n Pepa singing misfits, belles and jocks that remind me way too much of my high school choral groups in all their glory.
- DEBT: $1 trillion (said with a Dr. Evil accent). That’s how much student loan debt as a nation we will (supposedly) have if Obama manages to take over the student loan market.
Video of the week: Someone went to a lot of work to digitally visualize Beethoven’s 5th. I love it when genius is appreciated.