Sunday, February 21, 2010

Train of Thought Field Trip: Niger Madness

In case you haven’t been following the news, it seems the Nigerien military pulled off a coup and removed President Mamadou Tandja earlier today. Tandja has spent the last year reshaping the government in an effort to stay in office after the end of his second term, and the military leadership claims that the coup is an attempt to restore democratic principles. We’ll see if they follow through.

In the meantime, let us all admire this beautiful thread. Freepers saw the headline “Niger president held by troops” and, in the brief moment before they noticed the missing ‘g,’ experienced utter and complete bliss. Old Texan starts us off:
Man, did I read that wrong....
Yeah, I’m sure you did.  Niteranger68 agrees:
You ain't kidding!!!!!!
Uh huh.  Quickgun is left disappointed by the real headline:
I know, all excited for nothing......
Pessimist was about to break out the champagne:
LOL! We were one letter away from a celebration!
Hooray, finally the military has stepped in and removed that… uh, Nigerien?  Loyalist is up next:
Why can’t they write “President of Niger” just to avoid confusion?
I hate it when the media doesn’t restructure headlines to avoid confusing racists!  Iopscusa is an exemplary freeper:
My first thought was America is saved but then I noticed this was in the Kenyan’s home continent.


  1. Ugh, the internet is a very depressing place.

  2. JN, your post about the President of Niger is ironic because of your stance on Native Americans