Friday, October 01, 2004

The Ultimate Trivial Pursuit

First Against the Wall has a very amusing item on the Sydney police capturing a sock thief at the very time when we are told The Sock Thief is in Sydney. My first reaction was to marvel at the thought of NSW's finest mounting a nocturnal stakeout on a clothesline in the outer wilds of the Mosman and Cremorne district just to crack a case of transtasman petty larceny (hosiery, used). My second was to wonder how Jarrod had come across this remarkable news scoop. And then I realised. He was googling.

Always a believer in empirical verification, I tried a google on "Sock Thief". There was a news item about a sock theft at the top of the list, but in Chicago. There were many other links including a gratifying number to the Blog of we all know and love. I then tried "Sock Thief" Sydney and bingo there was the article at the top of the list (with FATW's post close behind).

BTW had anyone out there heard of Senator Simon Greyshade. Apparently he is a senator, not of the USA but of the Vorzyd sector in a certain faraway long-ago galaxy. His enduring claim to fame is as the original owner of Anakin Skywalker's speeder.


Blogger jarrod said...

Actually, it was on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald website yesterday. All it took was for someone to put two and two together. Call it "found art", if you like.

1 October 2004 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger span said...

well i guess all will be confirmed if we don't hear from Mr/Ms Thief for some time...

do they take your socks off you when they arrest you? that would certainly be a hardship for dear Socky

1 October 2004 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Greyshade said...

Sorry I jumped to the wrong conclusion Jarrod. How the hell did that story make the front page?

4 October 2004 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger jarrod said...

Perhaps it's the Sydney Morning Herald's equivalent of a cat in a tree story. You'd think there'd be better news to report than that, however, with a federal election going on. Maybe the web editor just thought it was funny...

4 October 2004 at 2:51 PM  
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