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Ok here's a puzzler. Anyone like to define a bogus formula to explain how widely a time-wasting e-mail must be sent before it's news?
Paper Monitor only asks because yesterday afternoon, after reading Popbitch, Paper Monitor saw a link there to a site selling toupees for babies. It was quite funny, and so the link was obviously sent on to Paper Monitor's other half. But today, the pictures are in the papers (well, the Sun and Metro, which is nearly the same thing).
At what point did the contents of one's inbox merge with the contents of one's newspaper?
Other highlights to consider today:
"HAMSTER: FIRST PICTURE" trumpets the Sun on p1, omitting the obvious fact that the picture is so blurred that if we hadn't seen it for ourselves on telly, it could have been anyone.
"MARCH OF THE MIDDLE CLASS" boasts the Daily Mail, hoping that they will be marching to its tune.
"Oldest profession helps boost Greek national output by 24%" tempts the FT (read the story here if you must, but frankly you've had the best bit already).
And the podcast madness shows no sign of abating. The Times writes that Joanne Lees has spoken for the first time about her time in the public eye - in an exclusive podcast for the Times.
Meanwhile, remember that issue of the Independent last week, when Kate Moss blacked up for the front cover? (Was it only a week? It feels like it should have been about 40 years.) Well the Guardian, which last week wrote at some length about the contemptibility of blacking up, today reports with some glee on its website that sales of that day's Indie were a bit disappointing.
They were above normal, but not as much as when the Indy had included a wall chart of the human body the week before. This was inspite of the paper offering a wall chart of the Kate Moss front page. Not for the first time, but Paper Monitor's a bit bewildered, and is taking refuge in today's Private Eye. "Inside:" it claims on its front page. "No free wallchart!"