Breakfast of Champions: 12/27


A short post today as we transition from putting out the paper to preparing our New Year's coverage.

Ben Palosaari has an interview on Culture to Go with Cecilie Surasky, director of Jewish Voice for Peace, that covers the Desmond Tutu controversy along with broader issues in the Middle East. I'm sure we can all discuss this like rational adults who have actually read the interview.

Since it's Thursday, that means I'm going to be on the radio with Stephanie and Meredith at 107.1 FM. I'll be on in the 2 o'clock hour, talking about the weekend's events -- which today we're expanding to local New Year's Eve parties. I have my own ideas, but if you have a suggestion, ship it here.

On that topic of Auld Lang Syne, the Foundation Nightclub's New Year's event be will be the club's last for several months, as it closes for "reinvention and redesign."


This is how we ought to do things in journalism. We offer readers clues to help solve mysteries.

Can you solve the mystery implicit in this front page (PDF link)? Hint: look at the picture in "sign of the times" and then the picture immediately below it.

Yes, it is what you think, and yes, the police got involved.

Children of the 1980s rejoice: you can buy the original Knight Rider car! Notice I didn't say "KITT." After reading the grisly fate associated with its owner, I think fans of the series will agree with me that this has to be KARR in disguise.

Whale shark populations are growing in Australia! This is terrific news, and apparently a sign that ecotourism is working. I'm excited by this not only for environmental reasons, but because I've been diving a few times with these gentle giants, and it's not an experience I'm ever going to forget.

This paragraph sparked a memory:

"Although the sharks are enormous creatures with 6,000 teeth, they're relatively peaceful fish that feed by simply opening their mouths. Finely meshed gill-rakers keep prey in while filtering water out. The only real danger to humans is an accidental slap from the shark's gigantic tail. Such a hit could probably knock a diver out cold."

This reminded of the time in Okinawa when, distracted by the process of taking underwater video, I did get whacked by a whale shark's tail. If you're curious, the whole story (with photos and video) is on my old blog.

And don't worry, it was just a gentle bump. Obviously, I'm still here. But you can actually see the impact of the bump as it happens toward the end of this video.

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