What? No newspapers!


I saw this on Facebook and thought Whaaaaa? Aside from the misspelling, how can you have a newsstand without newspapers in NEW YORK CITY????

Someone please confirm. Or not.

And from back in 2013, here’s a newsstand in Atlanta, Ga., … Hollywood magic trying to make downtown ATL look like NYC. I believe the movie was Anchorman 2.

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Rip & Read is alive and well

Back in the day when I was a reporter for a small town weekly newspaper, the reporter at one of the local radio stations would always use the local newspapers as his source for local news — without, of course, attribution.

We called “Rip & Read” and swear that we could hear newsprint rustling in the background.

In his defense, I expect his bosses told him no to attribute the local press, and it was just him against me at the weekly and about 6 reporters at the daily.

Looks like “Rip & Read” is alive and well:




Better check your Picassos


How many newspapers have original Picassos displayed in their building? If you do, it pays to keep an eye on them.

The Los Angles Times just reported that they lost five lithographs, framed as one, which was mounted behind a drop-down projector screen in their community room.

Times tour guide Darrell Kunitomi noted their disappearance when he greeted visitors in the community room a few years ago.


“I would raise the AV screen, behind which there were five Picassos. People were impressed to see them,” he said. “One night I raised it, and there was a bare wall. I had no idea as to whether they were taken or stored — they were simply gone.”

Read the details here.

See something, do something stupid

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The location: Upper Arlington, Ohio.

The players: Brandie Sharp and her sons, 17-year-old Mycah and 11-year-old Uriah.

The scene: Delivering “The Bag” (Columbus Dispatch) full of newspaper ads, to porches because new ordinance in town that means papers have to be delivered directly to someone’s porch or into a mail slot, versus the driveway.

Act 1: Uriah delivers to the wrong house, so walks back to pick up the papers.

Act 2: Someone calls the local 911 because

“It looked like at first they were delivering newspapers or something, but I noticed they were walking up to the houses with nothing in hand and one of them came back with something,”

Act 3: Police respond.

“When our officer arrived on scene, he very quickly determined very quickly that these individuals were delivering the newspaper.”

Act 4: Que the internets

Read about it here.

Weaponized newspapers: Millwall brick


I just found out about this thing called the Millwall brick — creating a weapon from an ordinary newspaper.

From Wikipedia:

A Millwall brick is an improvised weapon made of a manipulated newspaper, used as a small club.

It was named for supporters of Millwall Football Club, who had a well-earned reputation for football hooliganism.

The Millwall brick was allegedly used as a stealth weapon at football matches in England during the 1960s and 1970s.

The weapon’s popularity appears to have been due to the wide availability of newspapers, the difficulty in restricting newspapers being brought into football grounds, and the ease of its construction.

I have not tried making one, but here are the basic steps:

  1. Roll up your newspaper of choice as tightly as you can.
  2. Fold in half
  3. Get drunk (optional)
  4. Take folded newspaper, now an official Millwall Brick, and strike or stab other hooligans (or zombies).

You’re basically making a short baseball bat. If you need visuals, check out instructables.

And if you need a video, here you go. Bonus time! These guys shows you how to add a few extra ingredients to create a caveman tomahawk.

I don’t think so, Meryl/Katharine!


Planning to go see “The Post.” If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a good synopsis.

Movie makers get a lot of things right and other are just dead wrong. Anyone who has been around a newspaper print press knows that they are not only very noisy, but also greasy.

This scene (screen capped from the movie’s trailer) most likely would never had happened. I doubt that Washing Post Publisher Katharine Graham would have climbed up to the top of the press to watch it. If she had, I can guarantee you that would be the end of that dress.


On a modern press this may be believable, but in 1971, presses looked more along the lines of this undated photo from The Boston Globe:


This is usually how publishers check the press run, or the rare occasion they go down to the pressroom:

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Alan Baker and Dewayne-Larsen check a press run at The Ellsworth American, the second oldest weekly newspaper in Maine.

The fact that I could not find any photos of a big city newspaper publisher in the pressroom shows you how ofter they get down there.

BTW, Graham busted the pressman’s union just 4 years later. Read more about it from a non-WP source.