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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Facebook oversharing vs. privacy -- addresses and phone numbers?

Earlier this week, everyone became terrified. Facebook is going to be sharing our user information, addresses and phone numbers with external Web sites? No, Facebook hastened to reassure us. "People will always be in control of what Facebook information...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri | Tags:  Facebook, online comments, oops, privacy

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011

What would Dr. Seuss say today?

Happy Birthday Ted Geisel, today is your day! In the face of the news, here's some things you might say! Though your shoes are too big and my feet are quite small A tribute's a tribute, no matter how tall!...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:49 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  From bad to verse, Petri | Tags:  Dr. Seuss, reading, verse

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 03/02/2011

John Galliano, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen -- poison and poetry

Oscar Wilde once said that "The fact of a man's being a poisoner is nothing against his poetry." But watching the fallout from John Galliano's pro-Hitler, anti-Semitic rant, I have to wonder whether that's still the case. One of the...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:52 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  Galliano, art, oops

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Remembering Reverend Gomes: His most memorable quotes

Monday evening marked the passing of the Reverend Peter Gomes, Harvard's Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. He was 68 years old. I cannot pay him a tribute as adequately as those who knew him well. The reverend once addressed my...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  RIP

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Gov. Rick Perry blocks journalists on Twitter -- really?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blocking journalists on Twitter. But not all journalists? Does Gov. Perry not grasp that anyone can still read his account? @GovernorPerry is not locked! It's visible to everyone! So this seems like a particularly inane...

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri | Tags:  America, oops, technology, twitter

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Zion? 2012 Olympics logo is only offensive to good taste

The Olympics logo spells out Zion? That's what the secretary general of the Iranian Olympic Committee claims. He wrote to the London Olympic Committee complaining. Now he's threatening to boycott the games. This is like cutting off your nose to...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward | Tags:  Olympics, oops

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Barack Obama, no one cares about your favorite Oscar song

Sure, a lot of dynamic things occurred at last night's Oscars. Kirk Douglas. Kirk Douglas? Kirk Douglas! But the wackiest moment of the night might have to go to the Tribute to Best Original Songs. Everyone knows how much this...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Petri, Reality? Television, That's awkward | Tags:  Barack Obama, Oscars, argh

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Google vs. Bing: Finders vs. Keepers?

Google has accused Bing of copying its search results. This fight exploded over the course of the day, with increasingly official allegations and denials. Honestly, the only people using Bing were probably the Google researchers trying to see if it...

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:48 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Google, bing, oops

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/19/2011

How to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday

Today is Edgar Allan Poe's 202nd birthday! And, like many of his characters, he's managed to remain alive long after his death. Here are some ways to celebrate this somewhat local literary legend: Go into the office of someone who...

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  birthday, edgar allan poe

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011

More myths about the Civil War

The Post this weekend includes a list of five myths why the South seceded. I helped make the accompanying quiz. It is rife with legitimate facts! Here are a few more myths about the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson got the...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  America, Civil War, mythbusters, the power of myth

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Top ten reasons you can't avoid reading this top ten list

10. The form is like quicksand. Top ten lists are the 21st century's only true contribution to literary form. Unlike all other types of literature invented in recent centuries -- modernist novel? spoken-word poem? -- the top-ten list format is...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:45 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Cosmopolitan, awareness, lists, parody

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Natalie Portman, Hugh Hefner, and the wait for marriage

You may be waiting for marriage. But is marriage waiting for you? No one seems particularly sanguine about the institution of marriage these days. In general, you can tell something is about to die because people refer to it as...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Star Wars, kids these days, marriage

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Geraldine Doyle and Rosie the Riveter

Today marked the passing of Geraldine Doyle, the woman whose face served as the model for Rosie the Riveter. She clearly led a long and full life, but amidst the reports of her demise, one detail of this story stuck...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  RIP, art

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Holiday hiatus

Season's greetings! Like the metaphor of your choice, Dana and I are headed off to parts unknown until next week! In the meantime, you can read our archives, take up a new language or start an OkCupid profile. The possibilities...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  holidays

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Let it snow! Washington, weather and nostalgic drifts

Well, D.C., it's snowing! Or at least -- it's flurrying! Or was, when I started writing this! Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else."...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:53 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Classic DC, kids these days, snow

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 11/19/2010

The Gettysburg Address -- by George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin

In honor of today's date, the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, here are the ways some topical modern figures might render the classic speech: George W. Bush A while ago, these father guys got together and, in the America,...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:22 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Abraham Lincoln, parody

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Amy-Erin Blakely's chest and the dangers of being too ridiculously good-looking

Amy-Erin Blakely complained that her coworkers at the Devereux Foundation were fixated on her, uh, chest size, calling her "too sensual" to promote, and that after she had filed two complaints, she was fired! I sympathize! I was fired from...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:54 PM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Gloria Allred, chests, gravitas

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 11/01/2010

Twas the night before midterms

Twas the night before midterms and all through the House Not a creature was stirring -- no human-brained mouse The chads were all hung from the ballots with care In the hope that the recounters soon would be there The...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:42 PM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Sarah Palin, Twas The Night Before, voting

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 10/28/2010

But Gawker, I, too, had a one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell

I, too, had a one-night stand with Christine O'Donnell. It's awkward that it had to come out this way. I'm amazed that Gawker didn't contact me and offer me the "modest amount" it says it paid the Anonymous Philadelphian (AP...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:52 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Christine O'Donnell, parody

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/21/2010

After GQ's Glee photos and Miley Cyrus's new video, a plea

In light of the hubbub surrounding the GQ Glee photoshoot and the recent Miley Cyrus video, I want to put in a plea to today's child stars. Don't grow up. I don't know about this adulthood thing, but it...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  Miley Cyrus

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Textbook error: Virginia's Confederate troops and the perils of online research

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Facts I Found Online. That seems to be the lesson of the recent debacle over a Virginia textbook's depictions of thousands of black soldiers fighting for the Confederacy. As...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:10 PM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  History, reenacting

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/19/2010

The Rent is Too Damn High -- in praise of Jimmy McMillan

Jimmy McMillan said it: The Rent is Too Damn High [Editor's note: Aren't you still living at home, Alex?]. I'd be hard pressed to disagree with Jimmy McMillan. My college roommate literally lives in a teaspoon, but because that...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  Rent Is Too Damn High

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/19/2010

David Arquette? The subtle art of the C-SPAN breakup

It's like the Cole Porter song. "Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it." It, in this case, is having an uncomfortable public breakup. It's a modern art form. "At the end of dinner it used...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  CSPAN, breakups

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Exclusive -- interview with Aqua Buddha

In the recent debate between Kentucky Senate candidates Rand Paul (R) and Jack Conway (D) and in a recent attack ad from Conway, the subject of "Aqua Buddha" came up. Aqua Buddha is an elusive deity that, according to...

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Aqua Buddha

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Sarah Palin and 'permanent residents of a unicorn ranch in fantasy land'

Yesterday, Sarah Palin said that Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer are acting like "permanent residents of a unicorn ranch in fantasy land." What? I once lived on a unicorn ranch, but I only had a student visa. This is...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Sarah Palin, unicorns

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 10/15/2010

'Man up, Harry Reid!' Mama Grizzlies and our manliness recession

"Man up, Harry Reid," said Sharron Angle during the Nevada Senate debate Thursday night. She was talking about social security. But those two words have produced a deafening echo. "Man up!" It's a cry in the wilderness. It's a...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:31 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Harry Reid, Man Up

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/14/2010

UFO over New York City?

There's a UFO over New York City? Honestly, it looks like a balloon to me. But I'm a jaundiced skeptic. I used to be the regular kind of skeptic, but then I didn't get enough iron in my diet...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  NYC, space

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Rich Iott -- a Nazi bit of reenacting work

It's all over the news. Rich Iott, Tea Party candidate for a House seat from Ohio, has been known to dress up as a Nazi on weekends. This revelation has been making the rounds, generating frenzied attacks and equally...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:18 PM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Rich Iott, reenacting

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/07/2010

Karen Owen's powerpoint: sex and autobiography

Millions of people have read this writer's work. You can find it everywhere, being discussed in all kinds of major news outlets. And it's all over the blogosphere, generating volumes of discussion, flames, trolls, and even pieces of cogent...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Karen Owen, powerpoint, sex

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Facebook announcement -- it's a boy!

Today, after much hullaballoo, Facebook announced that we can now create specific groups to share things with. That's lame. When I saw there was going to be a big Facebook announcement, I assumed that Facebook was pregnant. Or had...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:06 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Facebook

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 10/06/2010

Replace Christine O'Donnell with Cigar Guy

"I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you. None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us. Politicians who think spending, trading favors and back-room deals are...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:55 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Christine O'Donnell

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/01/2010

Facebook, the social network? A Harvard perspective

All right, I'm playing the card. This card is issued to anyone who -- through the usual bizarre cocktail of effort and luck -- finds his or herself at Harvard. Usually, it's the card you never play. You never...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Facebook, Harvard

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Hi "new planet" Gliese 581G! Welcome to the neighborhood!

Astronomers have discovered a habitable planet only 20 lightyears away, orbiting a red dwarf! That's only slightly longer than the Kessel Run. It's named Gliese 581G -- pronounced Glee-zuh, as in Glee, the popular TV show about high school...

By Alexandra Petri  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  space

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Levi Johnston Levi Johnston Levi Johnston

I apologize. I am writing about Levi Johnston. This is only because I will never be able to get back the eight minutes of my life that I spent watching him on MSNBC's The Last Word, and I want...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Levi Johnston

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 09/28/2010

Maimonides who? Why Americans fail basic religion tests

Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe? Sure. When it comes to believing without knowing, Americans are doing a pretty good job. A recent Pew Forum survey found that, on 32 questions testing basic knowledge of...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:04 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  religion

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/27/2010

Bad Segway

Listen, Segway. We've had a great run. Well, "run" might not be the right phrasing. "Whiz along the sidewalk, almost knocking over an old woman" might. But I think it's time we put you down. You turned on your...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Segway, Too soon?

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/22/2010

Laughing in America: a Millennial's answer to Mourning in America

When I watched the "Mourning in America" ad skillfully crafted by Fred Davis's "Strategic Perception" firm, I didn't feel sad. Unlike the people who distinctly recollect the 1980s, the new commercial doesn't fill me with bleak sadness and despair....

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  millennials, mourning in america

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Caffeine killer? Never! The Starbucks defense

Caffeine makes you psychotic? That's troubling! In the words of my friend and eminent Canadian Adam Goldenberg, "If it weren't for caffeine, I'd have no personality whatsoever." But Woody Will Smith in Kentucky, is now trying to argue that...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:21 PM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  coffee

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 09/17/2010

Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book!

Katherine Schwarzenegger has written a book entitled "Rock What You've Got." It's about loving your body the way it is. If only Arnold had been able to read it before he started body building and became Mr. Universe. Then...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:15 PM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  Katherine Schwarzenegger

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 09/17/2010

Lady Gaga's latest video -- it's no Alejandro

This is definitely her worst video so far. The choreography is lacking, and I didn't really get the tune. I'm not going to be sitting on the subway humming, "Try calling after 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning! I'll be on...

By Alexandra Petri  |  11:50 AM ET, 09/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Lady Gaga

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper's 'Third World' comment

Cardinal Walter Kasper apparently compared Britain to a Third World country during the pope's visit to the United Kingdom, and everyone is expecting him to apologize. I don't think he needs to. Who hasn't called Britain a Third World...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:00 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010

The new adventures of old Christine O'Donnell

As someone who was forced at one point in my life to watch "Dating in the 90's" -- which I assume was the prequel to "Sex in the 90's," an MTV production that featured GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell --...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Christine O'Donnell

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 09/13/2010

Why does Campus Progress want Justin Bieber fans to vote?

Justin Bieber is the target of all kinds of things. He has variously been sent to North Korea (well, almost), rumored to be deceased, and been sent unfertilized eggs in small test tubes with encouraging notes from fans (or...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:38 PM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri | Tags:  justin bieber