Lines of the Times

Mar 20

“DogTV is a 24-hour television channel with content geared to dogs, especially those left alone during the day.” — from Start-Ups Try for a Piece of the Lucrative Industry of Catering to Pets

Mar 12

“The idiot box gained heft and intellectual credibility to the point where you seem dumb if you are not watching it.” — from Fenced In by Television’s Excess of Excellence

Mar 11

“In any case, a boss gets exhausted. All that bossness — it wears on a soul, even someone as durable as Mr. Ross, who in the last few years established himself as one of hip-hop’s most important and theatrical figures and then, once he’d planted his flag, began to look uncertain how to maintain the pose.” — from A Rapper Whittling Down, in His Waist and Elsewhere

Mar 10

“Now, the high-rises and anony-bistros popping up a block over on Kent (to say nothing of the Wythe Hotel across the street) mean at least some of the clientele here will be dollars desperate to extricate themselves from the wallets of their foolish if not quite stylish owners.” — from Catering to the Refined Ruffian

Mar 09

“Using a system that looks for flashes around the world, the Pentagon reviewed preliminary surveillance data from the area where the plane disappeared and saw no evidence of an explosion, said an American government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject matter was classified.” — from Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Feb 12

“Each of the accused had 25 seconds, give or take, to hear the charges against him, enter a plea and receive a sentence.” — from Detainees Sentenced in Seconds in ‘Streamline’ Justice on Border

Feb 05

“Today, if you saw that Justin Bieber got arrested drag-racing,” Mr. McClintock said, “and you saw in the picture that he had on a cool red shirt, then you can go online and find that cool red shirt and have it delivered to you in two days from some boutique in Los Angeles.” — from Retailers Ask: Where Did Teenagers Go?

Feb 04

“The longest any human has been off Earth is almost 438 days, by Dr. Valery Polyakov on the Russian space station Mir in 1994 and 1995.” — from Beings Not Made for Space

Feb 03

“Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gaby Hoffmann and Cameron Diaz have all expressed a preference for a fuller look in their most private area.” — from Below the Bikini Line, a Growing Trend

Feb 02

“Box office analysts posited on Sunday that the target audience, young men, simply had little interest in seeing Mary Shelley’s undead monster re-imagined as an action hero; abysmal reviews didn’t help.” — from ‘I, Frankenstein’ Disappoints at the Box Office

Feb 01

“Fifty years ago, Mr. Miller said, a family of four could make a decent living off 250 cows. These days, it would take more than twice as many for the same family to earn the same amount of money, he said.” — from A Harder Outlook for Today’s Cowboy

Jan 31

“Prop bets are expected to account for as much as 40 percent of the more than $100 million that will be wagered on Sunday’s game.” — from In Las Vegas, Putting a Lot on the Line for the Super Bowl

Jan 30

“Ginger Reid, 44, waited for eight hours to see her son, Ross, 11, who was stuck on a bus. He had only a quarter of a cookie someone shared with him to eat. He and other children were rescued when a group of fathers made their way down a hill on foot and took the boys to cars that whisked them to a parking lot, where Mrs. Reid was waiting with pizza.” — from Atlanta Officials Gamble on Storm and Lose, and Others Pay the Price

Jan 29

“Harry Potter, in seven volumes, used 1.1 million words,” noted Mr. Chernofsky, a devotee who has a Quidditch broom hanging in his office. “This has six million in it, so I outdid J. K. Rowling.” — from Holocaust Told in One Word, 6 Million Times

Jan 28

“Federal officials estimate that 10 percent of payments in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program are improper.” — from Doctors Abusing Medicare Face Fines