News is Amusing at Times


Courtesy of India Today

Tavishi Chattopadhyay, Staff Writer

This is an opinion article piece. Tavishi Chattopadhyay is a sophomore at Mendham who writes for the Global and School News. All opinions expressed in the following editorial are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Patriot.

News is many things in itself. Though the idea of news has been continuously paired with anger or tragedy, such as political or international headlines, the other side of the media is often underappreciated. When it comes to news, there are some stories that are just plain hilarious. I have compiled a few here. 

The first story regards the trial of a man that broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office and was photographed with his feet propped up on her desk on January 6, 2021– the infamous date of the Capital Riots. The New York Times reports that the man wrote a threatening letter to Pelosi and called her an offensive curse word. In the trial, his defense attorney is claiming that he instead called her a “biatd”, which is likely the dumbest way to defend your client– and I’m counting those lawyer films and TV shows in this list as well. Imagine that you had gone to law school, got a degree, and the moment that it’s your time to shine as a spectacular lawyer… you do that. Who knows what “biatd” even means.? Is it connected to Covefefe in some way? Or could it just be the product of bad handwriting? We will never know. 

Among other amusing news, there is currently a Twitter feud between Niel deGrasse Tyson and Steak-Umms. Huffposts reports that this feud started when Tyson tweeted, “The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether you believe it or not”. Steak-Umms, an American brand of frozen steaks, elegantly replied “log off bro,” before further clarifying that science is the process of revealing the truth and that Tyson’s tweet makes people more skeptical in a time of misinformation. This story is both amusing and makes you question why a user would ever agree with the frozen cheesesteak company instead of the astrophysicist. It also leads you down the rabbit hole of Steak-Umms Twitter history, which is quite indescribable. 

The final news story I have is the tale of a traitorous pretending pastry. The police got a call from a woman who told them that there was an iguana in the tree near her house. The supposed iguana was keeping people from opening their windows, as they feared that the iguana might invade their homes. UPI reports that the iguana was not in fact an iguana at all, but instead a croissant in a tree. Either way, the news is a lot of things; and as consumers, we must take enough time to appreciate some of the weird and wonderful stories that journalists write.