Yesterday, I created a fun True News, or Fake? quiz (“5 questions, not easy. 🙂 ”), and introduced it in the free edition of the newsletter this way: Before the Stories: Can you tell True news from Fake? The concept sure has been in the …uh… news lately! And you’ve had plenty of practice while reading … Continue Reading
Originally posted 16 June 2018
When readers unsubscribe from the free newsletter, the service I use allows them to send feedback — and while not everyone provides that, I always read it when they do. Happily, the most-common feedback is along the lines of “I’ve upgraded to Premium” so they don’t want the subset of stories in the free edition … Continue Reading
Originally posted 7 April 2018
In This Episode: Another story based on religion, another complaint from a reader asking “Why should I have to develop a sense of humor?” In this week’s podcast, my response to that question.
Continue ReadingPodcast 035: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?”
Originally posted 6 April 2018
“Why Aren’t You Cynical by Now?” It’s a common question: I’ve been writing True for nearly 25 years now, chronicling the sometimes staggering obliviocy of our species, but I still have an optimistic view of humanity. In fact, my optimism has increased over time — probably because I’m such an avid people-watcher. So I sigh … Continue Reading
Originally posted 12 March 2018
In This Episode: Following on the previous episode, a lot of child abuse could be stopped if we encouraged our kids to set boundaries — and then we honored them. The story from the middle school in Utah where girls were not allowed to say no to boys asking them to dance really drives this all home: the rule actually sets girls up for abuse. Plus another segment of No Longer Weird.
Continue ReadingPodcast 031: Letting Kids Set Boundaries
Originally posted 22 February 2018
In This Episode: Two segments of No Longer Weird to catch up a little, and one of the most ridiculous reader complaints about a story EVER (and my response). There’s a twist at the end: even in this kind of hilarity, there’s a real lesson to be learned about The Human Condition, supplied by an amazing reader letter.
Continue ReadingPodcast 029: I Thought You Were a Christian Organization!
Originally posted 1 February 2018
Two readers (so far) don’t “get” a tagline from this week’s issue, so I thought I would explain the joke — even though I do understand “Explaining the joke makes it not funny.” Well, they don’t think it’s funny anyway, so let’s get to it. First, the story, from the 5 November 2017 issue:
Continue ReadingSorry, Ma’am
Originally posted 7 November 2017
I Expect to Be Called Names for my tag on the last story this week. Let’s start with the story, in the 29 January 2017 issue:
Continue ReadingWomen’s March (to the Back of the Bus)
Originally posted 30 January 2017
I Loved This Note this week from David in California:
Continue ReadingA Little Bit Behind
Originally posted 27 November 2016
Premium Subscriber Erik in Nevada wanted to really help True, but he didn’t want to do it via our new effort on Patreon, the “crowd-funding” platform for creative endeavors.
Continue ReadingAlternative to Patreon, Please?
Originally posted 23 October 2016
There was a little pushback from a story in the 11 September 2016 issue — or, really, about its tag. Here’s the story:
Continue ReadingThat Tagline is Insensitive
Originally posted 19 September 2016
Sometimes it’s fun to poke at obliviots — especially when they’re truly oblivious to their idiocy.
Continue ReadingJay Jay is Cray Cray
Originally posted 23 April 2016
I Really Hate to Keep sending traffic to Facebook, since they’re eating the Internet already, but man, have I been having fun there lately. Baiting the political partisans is like shooting fish in a barrel: easy and hella fun.
Continue ReadingHillary vs. Trump: The Votes are In!
Originally posted 22 February 2016
Nick in Arizona recently re-subscribed after an absence. He wrote: “I’m looking forward to getting TRUE in my mailbox again. It’s been a long, long time, and what reminded me was the Get Out of Hell Free cards. I came across a few in one of my storage boxes (I remember mailing in my request for several orders, including the nice plastic cards in addition to the card stock version, which I had been handing out like breezy many years ago). I’m a consultant now, and I live the travel life style. I’m always working with people who need the GOOHF, especially since it covers stupidity! Lol. I’m going to need several, soon. I’m looking forward to the true stories and witty commentary, and occasional RIDICULOUS reactions from the reader base! Thank you for still being there, doing what you do!”
Continue Reading“Ridiculous Reactions”
Originally posted 18 January 2016
There Was a Protest Unsubscribe after I ran the plug (below) for Get Out of Hell Free cards in Friday’s edition.
Continue ReadingAlert the Media.
Originally posted 16 November 2015
There is some great additional detail on a story from True’s 16 August 2015 issue. To start with, you need the story:
Continue ReadingSpeaking for Others
Originally posted 24 August 2015
Some Readers Seem to Want to top recent examples of “Stupid Reasons for Protest Unsubscribes”. This one’s hilarious: in Friday’s free edition, having no paid advertisers, I ran a house ad for my drone site, Drone Pilot Wings. I haven’t been doing much in the way of articles on that site lately, but several that I have done really push for pilots being more responsible with drones, vs. doing stupid things like getting in the way of airplanes trying to fight wildfires. There’s even an article category called “Pilot Error” to highlight such stories. Of course, the tiny ad doesn’t get into all that, it just points interested readers to the site to learn more.
Continue ReadingDangerous in the Wrong Hands
Originally posted 10 August 2015
Every Month, There’s a Tagline Challenge in the Premium edition — an extra story without a tag at the end, and readers can submit their best ending for the story. This month, the story was about a robbery that went bad at a drug store: the obliviot managed to defeat himself by pepper-spraying …himself.
Continue ReadingCan’t Cure Obliviocy
Originally posted 19 June 2015
MSgt USAF (retired) Joseph in Ohio inquires, “As a multi-decade reader I find readers’ comments almost as entertaining as the stories. This brings me to my question. Being an English major I would like to know what the collective is for ‘obliviot’?”
Continue ReadingA Pride of Obliviots
Originally posted 18 May 2015
The Minor Format Change introduced last week brought a lot of positive comments. Just one example: “Love, love, love the new way you tease the ‘missing’ Premium stories.” —Mark in New Jersey. That’s awfully nice. But, of course, there were protest unsubscribes last week because I stopped gathering all the “stories you missed” summaries into a large paragraph, and instead left their story slugs up among the full stories, and included a brief summary of the story there. A few examples:
Continue Reading“Only in Premium”
Originally posted 8 May 2015