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    Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    A Really Good Headline

    As a good Stepford staff member of Tertiary Care Center, TCC's intranet web page doubles as my home page. Every morning when I fire up the box I am greeted by perky articles about the Star Safety Team Member of the Week, the latest blood drive/fundraiser/politically correct spokesperson for Disease X, or warnings about parking restrictions due to construction. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this. It's just part of working for a big corporation (which, let's face it, I do).

    My complaint here is that whoever writes the headlines for Tertiary Care Center's intranet web page needs some remedial education. This morning the top caption reads:

    A Benign Brain Tumor, a Malignant Tumor, a Love Story and a Doctor's Reassuring Presence

    I haven't read the story, but I'm sure it is heartwarming. No doubt. Unfortunately when I read this, my twisted brain immediately produced the following:

    ...and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
    ...and Two Hard Boiled Eggs. Make That Three Hard Boiled Eggs
    ...and Six Weeks To Live

    Rewrite, people! Rewrite!

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