On July 4th, 1776, King George III wrote the following in his diary:
"Nothing important happened today."
That ironic and little known historical 'fact' is courtesy of the X-Files, proof that television isn't all bad and even Fox can get it right on occasion.
Now George III wrote that not knowing America had just declared independence. Such were the days before global communications.
However, he'd have written much the same even with today's technology.
And the point of this?
The quote represents the theme of this Latrine article.
As mentioned in the editorial, this article was a late inclusion. I wasn't going to write one but then, partly for more content, partly for the writing excercise but mostly to play with some new Photoshop brushes, I wrote this.
A brief look at the saner and sillier things in the news showing us that nothing important happened today.
In April, singer Sheryl Crow gave the world this briliant idea for helping to protect the environment:
Limiting the amount of toilet paper you use per trip to the toilet.
Clearly, this is a woman who has given up on ever receiving oral sex again since she proposes using only one square per trip and a maximum of two or three for those messier moments.
Worst of all, it took the better part of her recent tour to come up with this idea. This is what happens when Sheryl Crow taxes her grey matter.
And now for religion.
Britain knighted Salman Rushdie. Why? So what? 20 years go he wrote The Satanic Verses. Muslims were offendend then. They're offended again now.
Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz ul-Haq thinks it's a call for bloodshed in defense of the Prophet Muhammad's honour.
I personally can't see what the big deal is. It wasn't even a good book.
Not to be up staged, the Vatican issued a statement saying that the Catholic Church is the only true church and the others are defective.
There was one voice of reason and sanity in the media recently:
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski.
Tired of the spectacle of stupidity that is Paris Hilton, Mika refused to read Paris' release from jail as the lead story over issues on Iraq. In fact, she tried to burn it and eventually shredded it on live tv.
Good on you, Mika.
In the end, what can you say when the media gives you the world's daily dose of dumb and dumber? As you can see, on pretty much any given day, it's safe to say nothing important happened today.
Some avoid the news because they find it depressing. I find it both enlightening and reassuring. After all if you can't laugh at stupid people, who can you laugh at?