"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of the opportunity provided to serve self-interest when Al Gore created the internet; and we should also thank Mark Zuckerburg and Jack Dorsey for creating Facebook and Twitter out of the kindness of their big hearts and not the thinness of their small wallets."
-Ben Franklin, Autobiography (1742)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Formal Apology - Sorry Ken Cuccinelli...for the gypsies

Lost and Founders would like to apologize to Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Mr. Cuccinelli recently tweeted 'How much would I give to be one of the 72 Virginans Osama is 'hanging out' with since Sunday?' We want to make our most sincere apologies, because, that's right, you heard it here first. On Sunday night we posted about 72 Virginans. We have since gone back and corrected our spelling error, but we really can't hold Ken accountable for failing to spell check after he copied information from our website.

That being said, we can hold Ken accountable for not being able to read. You will notice in the follow up post he says 'It seems some were confused by my earlier tweet. Read it closely:...72 Virginians... (Not a type, ie, people who live in Virginia...)'

We read it closely Ken. We started by reading it again. Then a third time. Then we got really close to our computer screens. We read it from there several times more and then we even made the font bigger. After our thorough and time consuming research we found the following. 

First Tweet: Virginans
Second Tweet: Virginians

Our question is this. Can you see the difference? We'll give you a hint. One of them has 9 letters and the other one has 10. We learned from 2nd grade  math class that 9 does not equal 10 just like we learned from 11th grade reading that Virginans does not equal Virginians.

This is not the first time that a politician has been 'Fooled' by tricky things like spelling, reading and/or geography. Then President George W. Bush delivered his famous 'Fool me once shame on...shame on you...cause you fooled me can't get fooled again' speech in which he discussed how tricksy the world can be. It wasn't until after Bush's groundbreaking speech that we learned from Borat Sagdiyev (Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist from that state) that many of these fooling instances are likely caused by gypsies.

Keeping this in mind, we should instead be apologizing for the gypsies. We're sorry Ken, for the existence of gypsies in our world. We'll make sure to extract some tears and send you a protective ward. In return for our kindness and thoughtful gift we simply ask that you not subpoena our email communications with the Founding Fathers. It's not good for business if people realize that GW's, TJ and all the others aren't actually alive and sending us new quotes to use.



  1. I think you misspelled "typeo" in your hyperlinked reference to Ken's 2nd tweet. Ironic (in that Alanis Morissette kind of way).

  2. Actually, the "type" bit is part of his 2nd tweet. Dude messed up all sorts of ways. Thanks for reading!