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Tim Noah's hilarious column about how Lewis Lapham has been rewriting the same sentence for years — about there being nothing new under the sun — concludes with a Mad Libs contest: The Bush administration's forbearance as Gen. Pervez Musharraf … Read More

By / November 14, 2007

Tim Noah's hilarious column about how Lewis Lapham has been rewriting the same sentence for years — about there being nothing new under the sun — concludes with a Mad Libs contest:

The Bush administration's forbearance as Gen. Pervez Musharraf proclaims, like [vainglorious monarch], that [famous megalomaniacal statement] recasts [open Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire to any random page, close eyes, plunge finger into text, and insert here a précis of incident described therein] as opera bouffe. The sham outrage teases forth memories of the contortions displayed by [famous Ottoman acrobat of the 15th century] or the prevarications of [obscure three-fingered gangster of the 1930s] as the Katie Courics and Wolf Blitzers of their day distracted the starving masses with [celebratory ritual performed by an island-based indigenous people] and competitions to mimic the cry of the mighty [extinct animal from the Cretaceous period].

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