David Mitzman | April 1, 2005
So now that the "saga" is over, how much more crap are we going to hear spewed out by the media and the government? I mean seriously, our government has no business interjecting themselves into this situation and it's none of our business whether or not she lives or dies (not to be an insensitive prick, but it's the truth). Anyway, South Park was right on this week with its commentary on the Schiavo situation, and as far as I'm concerned, I hope this disappears from the news. Unfortunately, that probably won't be the case.

Scott Hardie | April 1, 2005
Not with the autopsy, and the inevitable lawsuits...

You went so far into your paragraph without mentioning Schiavo that I thought you were going to have a trick ending, like the whole thing was about some little-known TV show getting canceled or something. :-)

David Mitzman | April 1, 2005
Hehe nah. Wasn't really into going that far tonight. Maybe next time ;)

Scott Horowitz | April 2, 2005
and the Pope makes 3...

Erik Bates | April 2, 2005
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Scott Hardie | April 3, 2005
I could swear we've discussed this before, but I can't find it. Where does this belief that "celebrities always die in threes" come from? I would ignore it as a case of mass apophenia if I didn't have to hear about it every damn time two celebrities died close together.

Kris Weberg | April 3, 2005
Probably just a remnant of the particular place of three in mysticism, itself a result of the way we group events in memory. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that three is some kind of limit for associating events -- as such, we'd tend to remember deaths in threes, to the point that we'd think it was a "rule."

Kris Weberg | April 3, 2005
That, or it's a holdover from the "long, hot summer" of 1968, when Bobby Kennedy and MLK, Jr. were shot, and Malcolm X not too much later.

Erik Bates | April 3, 2005
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Scott Hardie | April 3, 2005
It's just that famous people die all the time. (link) How come those three count, but Mitch Hedberg and Frank Perdue don't? If somebody exceedingly famous were to die this afternoon, wouldn't people ignore that "fourth" death just to suit the famous theory of three?

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