Saturday, July 10, 2010

Disobedient Stars

This cracked me up on a whole lot of levels:
Once Tim Childress thought he was being patriotic when he went to buy an American flag at his local Dollar Tree store in Dallas. But he soon discovered that his purchase was a cheap swindler of Old Glory that was adorned with a not-so authentic 61 stars.

Childress noticed the strange crooked pattern containing 11 extra stars when he returned home from the store, local television station WFAA-TV reported. The extra stars disobey the standard set by President Eisenhower that requires the American flag should consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The plastic flag was made in China and marketed by a Virginia company, the television station reported.

The whole thing is hilarious, from the stilted English to this guy’s sad face:

Dude That’s What You Get For Picking The Shiny One
I’m not familiar with “Today24News” but it appears to be an Indian web aggregate of U.S. news.

I dunno, the story itself is funny enough but the way this outlet covered it is hilarious. A couple years ago I had briefly flirted with those sites like where creative people bid on projects. I quickly saw that it was a racket, few of the jobs are any good, many aren't even legit, and nine times out of 10 your bid was wildly undercut by some guy in India. Well, this is what you get, people. If you're going to write for American audiences, try hiring native English speakers to do your copy. Just a suggestion.

Anyway, Mr. Beale and I picked up a flag for the house before Fourth of July. Happy to report it has just 50 very obedient stars.