irony of prizes

A quote by Anu of wordsmith.org makes an interesting point about the history behind some of the cherished prizes of our society. I added links to relative sites.

“It’s ironic that Joseph Pulitzer, owner of a newspaper known for sensationalistic reporting during his lifetime, has provided the eponym behind the most respected journalism award in the US. But there are other examples of whitewashing with the passage of time and the institution of awards. Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite, is now better known for his Nobel Peace Prize. Who’s to say one day we’ll not have an annual Gates Prize for the company most admired for its fair business practices?” – Anu

fake harry potter

A fake Harry Potter book was released which “sees Harry transformed into a fat, hairy dwarf and stripped of his magical powers.” I’m sure J.K. Rowling will be upset if the real book isn’t as successful, but she’s got some real competition from what I can see. A quote from the book (which made me laugh) exemplifies what she has to go up against.

He lies in the high-quality china bathtub, keeps wiping his face, and thinks about Dali’s face, which is as fat as the bottom of Aunt Penny.

After having the image of a “fat, hairy dwarf” in my mind, I’d definitely go see the movie.