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Fark sets the betting line for stories that might show up in the media soon, and some of our favorite Headlines of the Week for 9/13 - 9/19
Posted by Drew at 2009-09-21 1:56:35 PM (26 comments) | Permalink
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We're rapidly reaching Massive Topic Burnout with the whole health care discussion. Congress got to argue about it, senators got to argue about it, Obama had his big presidential address(es) and then followed it up with another media blitz last week, so everybody is sick to death of it. It's still an important thing to discuss, but we're Americans and we demand entertainment.

The media knows this, and frankly they're pretty sick of covering the same basic information again, too. Fortunately for them, not only is football season back in swing, but this week they get to run with 24/7 entertainment and showbiz updates. The start of the Fall TV season gives publicists and the paparazzi bona fide priapism, and the MSM's entertainment editors get big one-hour blocks where they experience virtual speculative orgasms about who in Hollywood is dating, engaged, marrying, divorcing, cheating, etc. Publicists are often the source of the speculation, because it gets both the name of the star and the name of the show in print simultaneously. And as long as they put a question mark at the end, they get to avoid pesky lawsuits with column filler such as, "Is Patrick Dempsey (who plays heartthrob Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC's Grey's Anatomy which is premiering on September 24 at 8PM EST, check your local listings) secretly engaged to a Himalayan water buffalo?"

Like we do every Monday, here is the Fark Betting Line with a few stories that we think might appear this week, as well as the odds of the stories actually shaking out. Feel free to add your own betting line for stories that you think might shake out this week.


- MSM minimizes health care debate except for breaking news, such as "Senator Wyden hospitalized after being crushed by 742-page health care bill" (3:1)

- Publicist-inspired ridiculous story about the star of some show making its Fall debut this week, with bonus gratuitous name and airtime of show (2:1)

- More discussion of the Kanye West outburst, including people speculating that race might be a factor and the inevitable question: "Is our society getting more rude?" (5:1)

- Breaking celebrity scandal gets MSM's gratuitous use of newsflashes (6:1)

- Breaking celebrity scandal is comprehensively debunked within two hours (3:1)

- Discussion of how swine flu would impact the different universal healthcare initiatives (9:1)

- Early doomtastic speculation about conflicting economic numbers, and discussion of Black Tuesday sort of Wall Street crash (11:1)

- Wall street responds to gloomy predictions with 250-point gain, leading all of the pundits who were convinced of a crash to now discuss the beginning of our new Bull Market (6:1)

- Early call for college football playoff system from BCS teams who are suddenly worried that their one loss might keep them from prime bowl contention (5:1)


Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-09-13 to Sat 2009-09-19:

img1.fark.net  B A N N E R P L A N E C R A S H E S l N D E W E Y B E A C H D E L A W A R E    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Two of Bermuda Triangle's most mysterious disappearances solved; actual cause was wrecktangle    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Body entombed in wall positively identified as missing Yale student. Cask of Amontillado still unaccounted for    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Police arrest a "person of interest" in Yale murder investigation. I guess that rules out Jay Leno    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Authorities arrest a drug ring that used American Airlines to smuggle nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine in suitcases. The street value of the drug was estimated at $19.95 once you subtracted the extra baggage fees    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Actual headline: "5 Items Will Consumer 50% of Your Income." Well, okaying, but I expectish I'll be earningest 15 percentage more moneyed befores muchly longerestingishly    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Sticky-Note Bandit arrested in Nevada. If we get an update, we'll post it later    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Water main break threatens to clean up parts of Baltimore    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Canada urged to embrace official bilinguialism so country can accept English and French in the same way that America is able to happily accomodate both people who speak English and Southerners    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  South Carolina Mayor bans police pursuit of suspects -- even foot pursuit. May ban Trivial Pursuit later this week    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Prolific mail thief gets 25 to life. Cellmate Bubba overheard remarking "Hello, new man"    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  McNabb breaks his McRibs    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Ric Flair signs three-year deal to wrestle Hulk Hogan. Wrestlers will now hit each other with their walkers until somebody breaks a hip    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Trojans have their yearly accident    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Scientists release first global photo map of Titan, looks like Slartibartfast is going to win another award    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Reversing a vasectomy can really make a vas deferens    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  New rabies vaccine is strong enough that a single shot may protect bite victims. Unlike submitter's childhood, when EVERYONE knew you had to have 12 shots...per day...in the eye...with a harpoon    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  You're posting on Fark, where Wil Wheaton also hangs out, who was in Star Trek TNG with Patrick Stewart, who appeared on Extras with Ricky Gervais, who is presenting at the Emmys with Kevin Bacon    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  JJ Abrams says the next Star Trek movie will deal with "modern issues". With the Federation in a recession, fighting wars againt Cardassia and Romulus, are they ready for a Jem'Hadar President who may have been born in Qo'nos?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Now the music industry wants royalties for the 30 second preview clips on iTunes. Next up, being charged for having a song stuck in your head    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Obama heads to Wall Street to address financial reform. Stockbroker's parents will keep them home that day so they won't be indoctrinated into socialism    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  President Obama calls Kanye West a "jackass." Kanye responds by claiming Obama doesn't care about black people    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  House to discipline Wilson for outburst. IT'S NOT LUPUS    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  "Bobby Brown: Whitney Houston and I Corrupted Each Other." Up next: "Whitney Houston and I beat her ass."    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Lady Gaga and Kanye West join forces for the "She Might Have One, He's A Huge One" tour    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Peter, Paul    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  France Telecom has 23rd employee suicide in 18 months - woman threw herself from sixth-floor window of Paris building into river; must have been in Seine    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  McDonalds actually employs one of the top chefs in America, and it's his job to create innovative food that the average liberal arts major can assemble in three minutes or less    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Abercrombie to sue Beyonce for trademark infringement. Lawyers for the company say they were originally going to sue Taylor Swift until Kanye West interrupted the filing and demanded they sue Beyonce instead    img.fark.net
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26 Comments     (+0 »)
 
 
2009-09-21 02:01:44 PM  
Kudos to Drew for using "priapism" in a weekly summary.

/it's one of my favorite medical conditions
 
2009-09-21 02:01:56 PM  
- More discussion of the Kanye West outburst, including people speculating that race might be a factor and the inevitable question: "Is our society getting more rude?" (5:1)

This one's already happened. I'll have to see if I can find the poll someone linked on another forum.
 
2009-09-21 02:02:42 PM  
Body entombed in wall positively identified as missing Yale student. Cask of Amontillado still unaccounted for (new window)

was a pretty epic thread and should be placed on the list of all time great Fark headlines.
 
2009-09-21 02:03:16 PM  
Look for market downturn after housing credit ends, and zomg foreclosures!
 
2009-09-21 02:05:15 PM  
It's only local, but it's there.
 
2009-09-21 02:07:54 PM  
- More discussion of the Kanye West outburst, including people speculating that race might be a factor and the inevitable question: "Is our society getting more rude?" (5:1)

already happened. modest mouse - missed the boat on that one.

- Breaking celebrity scandal gets MSM's gratuitous use of newsflashes (6:1)

since when in the past five years has the MSM not made gratuitous use of newflashes?
 
2009-09-21 02:09:58 PM  
Thread: Annalist's predict housing market crash over, look to see the price of houses going back up.

Thread: ARM adjustment causes more foreclosures in an already depressed market.


/new ARM rate is coming soon.
//have already seen annalists suggesting that the recession is ending (despite the fact that there still aren't any jobs.)
///yeah...I guess everything is looking up when you have your head stuck in the sand.
 
2009-09-21 02:10:36 PM  
What, no love for the 'HardOn' trio of threads? Clearly that was epic!
 
2009-09-21 02:12:28 PM  
What, no outrage articles at the slutty tween Halloween costumes, or is it too early for that in the news cycle?
 
2009-09-21 02:13:31 PM  

SlothB77: since when in the past five years have the MSM Fark submitters not made gratuitous use of newflashes?


FTFY
 
2009-09-21 02:14:46 PM  

bluorangefyre: What, no love for the 'HardOn' trio of threads? Clearly that was epic!


That was Sunday, I think. Next week.
 
2009-09-21 02:16:03 PM  
Zombies.

Seriously... Zombies.

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2009-09-21 02:21:14 PM  
the inevitable question: "Is our society getting more rude?" (5:1)

I saw something like this last week. I don't remeber where.
 
2009-09-21 02:31:40 PM  
CNN had the is society getting more rude on a quick vote
 
2009-09-21 02:35:02 PM  
I cracked up at "McNabb breaks his McRibs" for about 2 minutes straight, full on belly laughs. Maybe because I was ~drunk, but I thought that headline was a gem.
 
2009-09-21 02:42:01 PM  
Been seeing a lot of ICP hate lately. I'm expecting the media to find and capitalize on:

"White rapper who raps about violence, arrested on charges of being violent."

Difficulty: Not Eminem.
 
2009-09-21 03:21:24 PM  

netweavr: Been seeing a lot of ICP hate lately. I'm expecting the media to find and capitalize on:

"White rapper who raps about violence, arrested on charges of being violent."

Difficulty: Not Eminem.


Sage Francis
Rugged Man
 
2009-09-21 03:39:10 PM  
Obama orders all troops in Afghanistan to RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
 
2009-09-21 04:16:29 PM  
- Early doomtastic speculation about conflicting economic numbers, and discussion of Black Tuesday sort of Wall Street crash (11:1)

This will hit the MSM like a diarrhetic squirrel in a blender in 3... 2... 1...

Gimme a piece o' that action!
 
2009-09-21 05:04:13 PM  

cuzsis: Thread: Annalist's predict housing market crash over, look to see the price of houses going back up.


I've seen horrific butcherings of the word "analysts" before, but that's a new one.
 
2009-09-21 05:33:15 PM  
wow. any and all of those predictions are entirely plausible.
 
2009-09-21 06:03:25 PM  
I got headline of the week? I'm a happy man.
 
2009-09-21 11:05:39 PM  
srtpointman

Thanks for serving our country, too.
 
2009-09-22 01:42:34 AM  
Need a category to honor the best redlights of the week too.
 
2009-09-22 10:03:01 AM  
bona fide priapism

*giggle* Bona.
 
2009-09-22 10:13:53 AM  

D_Evans45: srtpointman

Thanks for serving our country, too.


No sweat. Plus the uniform got me some poon.
 
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