Is that picture more than 5 years old?

Have the folks at the Yahoo! front page posted a picture that’s more than five years old? I ask because the baby in the photo looks to be about six months old:

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Yet, the writer claims the child is now six years old. What gives? The explanation is quite simple and quite common on yahoo.com: The writer screwed up. Gammy, the child in question, is not a six-year-old; he’s a six-month-old.

Fur your information

The writer for yahoo.com who thinks that ducklings are furry needs to return to elementary school for a little elementary biology:

fp furry

Ducklings have down, which is fine, soft feathers that may seem furry, but it’s not fur.

Who is McDonald’s serving?

If the oldest McDonald’s serves dessert, but I can’t get it and you can’t get it, who is getting it? This is the most pressing question today on yahoo.com:

fp serves dessert

Could it be that the fast food joint serves a dessert that you can’t get anywhere else? Is that what those geniuses at Yahoo! meant to write because what they did write makes no sense?

Santa Clause robots and other errors

Oy vey! Did I really read this on what is purported to be a news site? Here’s the latest guffaw-inducing sentence from Yahoo! News:

westjet news

How does one person make so many mistakes in so few words? Can we start with WestJet? The airline uses what is called camel case: A capital letter somewhere between the first and last letters. Then there’s the whole “automated robots” lie. There were no robots, automated or not. There was a live human being dressed as Santa Claus (without an E) who showed up on a large monitor. And if an airport actually departed, I don’t know where it would go or how it would get there. The incident in question happened at departure gates, not departing airports.

This is what passes as news at Yahoo!, written by Yahoo! staffers and edited by no one (I presume).

It’s Opposites Weekend at Yahoo!

What the heck is going on at yahoo.com? Are we the victims of some prank, a case of Opposites Weekend? Yesterday I noticed that yahoo.com lied about Daniel Radcliffe being the only star in a disguise at Comic-Con. Now there’s this headline:

fp godzilla quot

First let’s dispense with the issue of the quotation marks. Unless Godzilla refers to the movie (and it doesn’t), there shouldn’t be quotes around it. The names of characters don’t get that sort of treatment. (Hmmm. Unless that’s not really his name…) Then the writer alleges that Godzilla will be fighting new foes. Baloney!

Here’s the headline from the article, replete with the incorrect quotation marks. Notice the words Old Foes?

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Is Yahoo! just messin’ with us? Or are the writers there really that incompetent?

8-year-old becomes youngest man alive

How did an 8-year-old become the youngest man alive? By appearing in a headline on Yahoo! Shine:

8-yr-old man shine

That don’t look right. Somebody made a boo-boo: Either the 8-year-old was a boy or there’s a digit missing in the man’s age.

How one little word can make you look dumb

OK, how would you know if Daniel Radcliffe was the only star “to go incognito”? If someone is incognito, how can you tell they are a celebrity or not? It makes no sense. But here it is on the Yahoo! front page:

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That allegation makes no sense because the writer left out one teensy word: not. Mr. Radcliffe was not the only star in a costume. How do I know? Because I can read. And the headline for the accompanying article is:

dan rad movies

Where the freakiest are the biggest

Where do the folks who write for yahoo.com get their information? I think they just make it up. Maybe the writer thought that the article “Be Careful Where You Step: the Freakiest Sinkholes Around the World” would entice more readers if they thought it was about the world’s biggest sinkholes:

fp sinkholes

It’s not. In fact, the world’s biggest sinkhole isn’t even included in the article. But, as long as this headline attracts clicks, who cares if it’s accurate?

Maybe the writer is from Florida

If you’re looking for reliable information about your next vacation spot, I suggest you skip Yahoo! Travel. It’s not exactly a shining example of accuracy. Take this headline, for instance:

bal harbor travel

Maybe the writer is from Florida and was having flashbacks about Bal Harbour and has trouble with spelling. That could happen. Or maybe the writer has a really bad memory, and couldn’t remember the name of the town after reading about Bar Harbor, Maine. That could happen.

From a nunnery?

Do the folks who write for yahoo.com live in a cave? A nunnery? How else do you explain the writer’s ignorance of a common woman’s undergarment?

fp garter-like

Here’s what Ms. Saldana wore:

zoe sal omg

That “mysterious accessory around her waist” isn’t garter-like — it’s garter-belt-like. This is a garter belt; the straps hanging down are the garters:

garter belt

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