Thursday, February 05, 2009

What's The News Across The Nation?

Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
-Opening voice over read by William Shatner on the television series Star Trek

It is fascinating how the media and other interested parties report news. This morning I saw this headline at website for the CBS affiliate in Denver, CO.:

Man with Klingon sword boldly goes on crime spree.

Seems a man using a replica of a sword used by actors playing Klingons in the Star Trek television shows and movies robbed a convenience store in Colorado Springs. Notice how the headline writer made a pun out of the fact that the robber used a sword connected with the series. Either it was a slow news day or there are a lot of news writers who are secret Star Trek fans out there because this story got big play. Here are two more of many headlines using the boldly reference:

Man boldly robs Colo. store with Star Trek sword

"Star Trek" sword boldly used in thefts
- Denver Post

Another used a "where no man has gone before" reference:

Where no Klingon has gone before — Colorado 7-11 robberies
- Vail Daily

Another referenced the fictional Klingon proverb "Today is a good day to die." (I only know this because I googled it):

Today Was Kind Of A Good Day To Rob
- TrekToday

Then there are the headline writers who do not know that Klingons are not real:

Klingon Criminal Robs Two 7-Elevens In Colorado
- io9

Qapla'! 7-Elevens Knocked Off By Klingon

Star Trek Klingon Raids Denver 7-Eleven Stores

I also found some judgmental headline writers:

Star Trek Nerd Robs Convenience Stores
- EscapistMagazine

Batleth Robbery by Nerd in Colorado Springs

And lastly, I found the serious headline writers:

Man Uses 'Star Trek' Type Sword to Rob Stores, Police Say

Suspect Robs Two 7-Eleven Stores With Sword,

I like how the last one reports "Just the facts, ma'am" (Dragnet reference, get it?). It is from a Colorado Springs television station. No frivolous details for them!

In case you have not figured it out for yourself, I will now admit that today is a slow blog post day and that I am so glad I found this frivolous subject to write about.

Live long and prosper. V

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