Making lots and lots of jokes.
Once upon a time, laughing at the day’s biggest news stories meant: (a) cracking wise at the office water cooler; (b) waiting for nighttime talk hosts to take professional-grade, writer-scripted comic cuts during their show-opening monologues.
Thanks to Twitter — the popular online service that allows users to post and share messages no longer than 140 characters — the zingers come in real time, and from everywhere all at once. Consider, then, the selection that follows a work in progress.
• From U.K. media personality Danny Wallace, @dannywallace: “The vast majority of Popes die while being Pope. It’s bloody dangerous. Good move, Benedict.”
• From “Modern Seinfeld,” a Twitter account devoted to plot synopses of imaginary “Seinfeld” episodes set in the present day, @SeinfeldToday: “Elaine and Puddy discover that the Pope resigned because of awful tweets from Newman. Kramer trains an Italian Cardinal who wants the job.”
• From National Review writer Jim Gergagthy, @jimgeraghty: “Obama for Pope? I mean, it’s only slightly more outlandish than winning the Nobel Peace Prize after a few weeks in office.”16. From anonymous writer “PourMeCoffee,” @pourmecoffee: “Pope at next job interview. ‘Tell me about your strengths.’ ‘Well, I love working with people. I’m infallible. That could be an asset.’”
• From the humor website SportsPickle, @sportspickle: “Remarkably, the Pope will probably talk less about God during his final weeks on the job than Ray Lewis did during his.”
• From media personality Bomani Jones, @bomani_jones: “many have noted the pope’s resigning before mardi gras. i did that in ‘99. but i asked for my job back when i got home.”View Entire Story
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Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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