Earlier this month the Wall St Journal, Techcrunch and many other publishers reported on the mysterious cutting of undersea communications cables, which resulted in severe internet disruptions. The cause of the cuts is reported to be sabotage, perhaps by trained sharks with lasers on their heads.

What none of them mentioned (it took commenters on the Techcrunch article to reveal it) was that the shark concept is based on the ideas of the fictional character Dr Evil in the Austin Powers movies. He desires “frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads.”

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The cable story is serious but the Dr Evil connection demonstrates that some journalists were having fun at the expense of some clueless editors. I’m sure Dr Evil is not amused, not least because he is not given the appropriate credit for his ideas…

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  • 21 February 2008 at 8:04 am
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    lol! or is it that the journalists were clueless as well and the editors only lazy on the fact checking?

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