Friday, March 23, 2012

Bless Their Hearts: Spacebook, Facebook of the Future

Posted by Paul Bowers on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

INTERGALACTIC FRIENDSHIP DEPT.: On Wednesday during discussion of a bill that would make it illegal for prisoners to use Facebook, Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence) called the website “Spacebook,” according to tweets from the Statehouse floor. Either Rep. Crawford is way ahead of the social-networking curve, or he was referring to NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus' now-dormant blog from the International Space Station.

"I'D OF" DEPT.: Apparently the South Carolina-North Carolina border isn't quite where we thought it was, and the recent work of surveying teams has meant that the owners of 93 properties — mostly in the Charlotte area — have suddenly found their taxes, gas prices, fireworks restrictions, school districts, and telephone area codes in flux. That in itself is not worthy of a Bless Their Hearts entry, as the original colonial surveyors did the best they could with the resources they had, using hatchet marks in trees to mark off the boundary. No, the BTH goes out to the Associated Press copy editors who let this gem of a quote slip by from a North Carolina driver who stopped at a gas station just south of the border:

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BRUSH WITH FAME DEPT.: Every week, the City Paper stops by the Charleston Police Department headquarters to take a look at the crime reports and write the Blotter. Recently, while our reporter was sitting in the lobby poring over the reports, he was greeted by a man sitting across the room, and the following conversation ensued:
MAN: Hey, are you the guy who does the Blotter?
REPORTER: Yes sir, that's me.
MAN: Man, I've been in there a few times.
[Silence for a few excruciating seconds]
REPORTER: Well, it's good to meet you.
MAN: Yeah, that's some funny stuff. You'll see me in the reports this week, but it ain't very funny, so you probably won't use it.

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