Below the Beltway / Entertainment

How Bad Jokes Become Shakespearean Sonnets

WASHINGTON -- If you think columnists want all the readers they can get, you have another think coming. Too many readers, too many letters to answer. So from time to time, we like to thin the herd. I do it by rewriting corny old jokes into ...

Artificial Stupidity

WASHINGTON -- The other day, my phone told me I had missed a call, but there was no voice mail. So I called the number back, only to be informed it was not a working number. This seemed strange, but not as strange as what happened the following ...

The Murder of Roget's Thesaurus

WASHINGTON -- When I was a teenager, I loved murder mysteries from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, particularly those by Agatha Christie. Until recently, I thought I had read everything Dame Agatha had ever written featuring her idiosyncratic Belgian ...

Letting It All Hang Out

WASHINGTON -- As a responsible journalist, I am sometimes compelled to stop what Im doing and investigate for you, the reader. This just in:

A group of foreskin advocates are protesting against Bill and Melinda Gates. The Canadian Foreskin ...

Men and Women of Letters

WASHINGTON -- I'm letting readers write my column today, because the mail I got after I recently wrote about atrocities perpetrated upon the English language was way funnier than anything I had to say.

The funniest misspellings occurred at my ...