You Missed It: The new Tea Party edition

OK, maybe there's a slight resemblance.
OK, maybe there’s a slight resemblance.

In my better moments, I like to think of myself as an optimist. I try to believe that people are rational, considerate people. Then I read that Animal Planet’s mockumentary “Mermaids” got the highest ratings the network has seen in 17 years. One can only explain away so many of the viewers as getting confused with the Cher movie of the same name. No, it’s because people not only believed the show was real, but they believe that mermaids are real, too. Humans kind of suck when you think about it. If you were busy being Amanda Bynes this week, odds are you missed it.

Boiling mad about a kettle
We don’t know if Adolf Hitler was a big fan of tea, but tea is certainly a big fan of him–at least if you get your tea from the right kettle. This week, JC Penney found itself unexpectedly talked about when the internet realized that one of the tea kettles it sold kind of resembles the furher himself. The $40 kettle has since been pulled from shelves and off the store’s site.

Nothing good comes in the mail
This week, letters with what authorities suspect is ricin or another poison were sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun group he formed, and President Barack Obama. Man, someone should make that stuff illegal. On the plus side, it’s good to see the crazies of America support the U.S. Postal Service.

We seem to cover Catholics a lot lately
Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University, was recorded this week saying bad things about Notre Dame. No one was really upset about the attacks aimed specifically at the school, Notre Dame sucks, it was his anti-Catholic remarks. Gee, a Mormon, said that Catholics are not trustworthy. He has since apologized for his comments and is undergoing a “remediation plan.” If only there was a Jesse Jackson of the Catholics he could ask forgiveness from.