This gem in the news

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Burning bagel empties Portland City Hall

An overdone bagel has forced the evacuation of Portland’s City Hall.

The Oregonian reports that City Hall emptied for about 20 minutes Wednesday morning while firefighters dealt with the burning bagel in the break room of Mayor Sam Adam’s office. There was no immediate word on who burned the bagel in the toaster oven or what type of bagel it was.
Jan 27 03:23 PM US/Eastern; PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)

This is a half-empty, half-full test. If there isn’t already a word for this type of personality barometer, I propose the half-Pond. If you read the story and found the text in bold to be the reporter’s genuine idea of journalism, you are one type. If you found the bold text to be written ironically by an entirely self-aware person who was ridiculing the world of goofy shit most Americans think is worth even mentioning in a day, you are the other type. No value judgements are implied by any given half-Pond, of course.

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