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Don’t put jokes in your first draft…

…if you’re sending a document into the wider world, or Sod’s Law dictates that you’ll forget to take it out. Just ask Greenpeace:

We present it here exactly as it was written, capital letters and all: “In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].”

Had Greenpeace been hacked by a nuke-loving Bush fan? Or was this proof of Greenpeace fear-mongering?

The aghast Greenpeace spokesman who issued the memo, Steve Smith, said a colleague was making a joke by inserting the language in a draft that was then mistakenly released.

2 replies on “Don’t put jokes in your first draft…”

Yeah, that was a joke, all right. Sure it was. That’s not how they always write them. Oh no. I’d be surprised if there isn’t an automated factoid insertion script that they run after “structuring the argument”.

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