So tell me: When you read the title of this post, what was your mental image?
Okay, maybe that isn’t a fair question. After all, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’d be shocked if you didn’t immediately leap to an off-colour interpretation just because you know me too well.
So let’s keep this scientific and unbiased. I’ll rephrase the question: What would you have envisioned if you’d seen that title on the page of a serious and established online newspaper?
At this point you may be shaking your head and saying, “Get a grip. It’s just another one of your twisted misreads.”
You’d be completely justified in thinking that, but no; this time I had read the headline correctly. In its entirety, it read: “Will Timmins council get rid of downtown’s disgusting butt mounds?”
I read it once; then again. Triple-checked to be sure I wasn’t misreading it.
Stared at it, wondering, “What the hell can they possibly be talking about?”
And then my brain exploded with speculations and vile mental images:
Speculation 1: Maybe the denizens of downtown Timmins have frequent and/or intentional wardrobe malfunctions that expose their disgusting butt mounds, and everybody’s sick of seeing them. (I visualize the follow-up headline: “Timmins eyes buttcrack bylaw”.)
Speculation 2: Perhaps people are reacting to one of those ill-conceived investments in Downtown Art that leaves everybody questioning the sanity of both the city council and the artist. (New headline: “Timmins makes cracks about butt-ugly sculpture”.)
Speculation 3: Or maybe the Butt Mounds are some sort of natural landscape feature that the citizens of Timmins find offensive and their city council is coming under pressure to raze the eyesore. (New headline: “Environmentalists implore: ‘Timmins, support your Butt Mounds!’”)
Sad to say, I wasn’t even close with any of my speculations. Nope, they were talking about mounds of cigarette butts in the outdoor smoking areas: https://www.sudbury.com/around-the-north/will-timmins-council-get-rid-of-downtowns-disgusting-butt-mounds-328274
Well, shit. Talk about anticlimactic. But at least it gave me a giggle or three.
What’s funny in your world this week?
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