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I have a little gizmo that shows me the top three stories from CNN.com at any given time*. The top story is always accompanied by either the story's first paragraph or an abstract thereof. But today, it was obvious that the person writing the abstract was a little ... abstracted.

From the actual article:

India suffered its second huge, crippling power failure in two days Tuesday, depriving as much as half of the vast country, or up to 600 million people, of electricity....

From the abstract:

India has been hit with a huge, crippling power failure, leaving half the nation's 600 million people without power.

While I'm sure that the person writing that abstract was probably an underpaid intern working on too little sleep, it still doesn't take a genius to see the grievous arithmetic error!

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*I have similar gizmos for other news services, like Scientific American, Google News, Reuters, BBC, Time Health and Science, etc. Oh, and (of course) Fark.com! :)

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cerrberus
Jul. 31st, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Fark dot com- is that the site run by former child tv personality Sparkle Farkle?
ebenbrooks
Jul. 31st, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Heh. No, it's a news aggregation site, but they make up funny headlines for the stories they link to, such as:

I'm! An! Ang! Ry! Di! Vor! Cee! Burning down the house!

or

Outrage erupts in Ireland over shortage of: A) Whiskey B) Potatoes or C) Thong underwear
niall_shapero
Jul. 31st, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Numbers, numbers, everywhere, but not a brain that thinks...
The population of India is 1,205,073,612 (July 2011 est.) according to the CIA World factbook at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html.

This is the second power failure, as I understand it. An earlier one (yesterday) cut power to some 350 million people, and the current failure (today's failure) has cut power to some 600 million people.
ebenbrooks
Jul. 31st, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Numbers, numbers, everywhere, but not a brain that thinks...
All of that is true. I hope they get everything fixed quickly.
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