Saturday, November 19, 2005

National Geographic's Rabelaisean Editorial Policy

The words "fart" or "farting" appear at least 3 times in this article describing researchers' discovery that herring communicate in the dark via flatulence.

The scientific finding is noteworthy, but so is the use of those words in an article published by the National Geographic. Not all of the uses of those words in the article were in quoted material.
The Clog Almanac suspects the editorial staff must have been reading a little too much from Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel lately, and have become, well, desensitized to such amusing language.

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