last night on my dog walk, i encountered a middle aged man with two scotties. they fearlessly trotted up to my dog to say hello. he followed behind them. he began to complain about how his dogs insist on saying hello to all dogs but he would rather they didn't. i told him that he should leash his dogs, as i just saw two pit bulls in the park and he was heading in their direction. he then started in on the "it's not the dog, it's the owner" and before i could respond, he gave me the famous line "it's those weiner dogs you have to watch out for." i said, "yeah i know. dachshunds killed 13 people this year." and walked away.
idiots. you can't reason with them, so you might as well have fun with them.
this got me to thinking about the pervasive myth of media hype.
on thursday may 16, 2013, there were 40 earthquakes recorded in alaska. like the dachshund bites, none of them were reported on the news. on wednesday may 15, 2013, there were 9 earthquakes recorded in oregon, washington and british columbia. like the chihuahua bites, none of them were reported on the news.
instead we get...
images of the hyped 1964 alaska earthqhake. clearly, the media exploited this incident.