Thursday, June 30, 2005


First two paragraphs from a human interest story by Reuters newswire service:

World's oldest person celebrates 115th birthday

A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

And WHAT did this Dutch woman have to do with Battle of Wounded Knee, you might ask? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

James Taranto ( WSJ-Best of the Web ) makes this point: The swipe at America seems especially gratuitous given that 1890 actually was a big year in the history of the Netherlands: the year Queen Wilhelmina , age 10, ascended to the Dutch throne.

You have a right to your own opinions - You do not have a right to your own facts!