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It’s that time again. Here we take a look at what kind of B.S. Washington publications are putting in their features and lifestyles section. Sometimes they’re good. Often they’re not. But they’re always worth a look.

The questionable – In WaPo‘s Lifestyle section there’s a story by Emi Kolawole about the proliferation of animated GIFs (largely thanks to the restless minds at BuzzFeed) related to the Olympics. For those who don’t know, GIFs are the low-quality motion pictures that endlessly repeat 1 to 3 seconds of video. The following question is actually entertained in WaPo‘s story: “So, here’s the question, are the animated gifs cheating NBC — an end-run around its exclusive broadcasting rights?” That’s a good one and it’s exactly what I’ve been wondering to myself: Who needs NBC when you’ve got a grainy two-second clip of a Chinese gymnast falling down on loop right in front of you?! Fortunately, Kolawole aces her own quiz. “The short answer: no. NBC’s ratings are doing just fine,” she writes. Whew!

The consistent– Never one to disappoint, The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler has crafted “The top 10 reasons to strive for 22 Olympic medals.” Sounds like it could be inspirational, but it’s actually a titillating photo slideshow of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps‘ model girlfriend.

The notable– In its cover story, WCP has a look at tap water and how it’s different from city to city. That’s not incredibly sexy, but Jessica Sidman, who wrote the story, spoke with a CIA food scientist (apparently those exist) and learned that food recipes are affected by the mineral content in tap water. That means depending on what city a recipe is prepared it, the final product can be vastly different.

The irresistibleWashington Examiner readers might have noticed not too long ago the publication has shifted content around. The staff editorial, once prominently placed on page two, has been buried in the back on page 27. In its former space is “Potomac Diary,” a daily feature with less purpose than an iron in Dave Weigel‘s closet. Potomac Diary is nothing more than a collection of random, unbylined anecdotes submitted by people around the Washington area. For example, in today’s issue there’s a short story about a Golden Triangle worker downtown who cleaned the newspaper boxes at the corner of 16th and K streets. There’s another about a girl on the Metro who gawked at a fellow passenger aggressively swaying to music playing on his headphones. Pointless? Yes. Waste of space? Possibly. Do we read them anyway? Definitely.

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Quotes of the Day


“Everyone in DC look up today.” — from WaPo‘s Innovations and Ideas Editor Emi Kolawole.

Life’s small pleasures

“Just had my first-ever real life opportunity to use the proper AP Style of ‘Dr Pepper.’#partylikeajournalist” — Politico web producer Leigh Munsil. (Note to readers: The trademark does not use a period in Dr.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

“It takes a certain amount of translation skills to translate what they are saying in the courtroom into language that is familiar to viewers who are not lawyers or constitutional experts. Its a highly stylized form of expression. You don’t have to be a genius to understand it, but you have to have learned how to understand it.” — CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin in a late Wednesday interview with Politico media writer Dylan Byers.

Journo dines on beets

“Roasting beets for dinner and listening to SCOTUS oral arguments.” — conservative TV commentator and former WMAL radio host Mary Katharine Ham.

An office puppy on Twitter: Cute or too much?

“On my way in to the office. Still kinda chilly for me. Can’t wait for the dog days of summer.” — Briar, the office dog for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.).

Driving the Day: “Woman Pleads Guilty in Butt Implants Case” — NBC4

Words of Wisdom

“When we lose our right to point out an ughly-ass wig, we lose everything.” — FBDC regular reader Larry Kelly on the “outrage” over our poll on Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown‘s hairdo — or was that the world’s ugliest hoodie?

Senator treats reporter like a daughter

“Just got dad’d by a United States Senator who wanted to know if that bag of Oreos was “lunch.” #humblebrag?” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

The downside of spring

“Ow. I hate you sinuses.” — Hillary Esquina, multi-media content producer for the National Wildlife Federation.

Only in Washington…

“Healthy lunch spots around the Supreme Court as health-care debate continues” — WaPo.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I can’t get over how green the grass in WI is for late March. Is it always this way?” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson. Um, we’re not sure Ginger. My we’re pretty sure Fake Jim VandeHei might have an answer for you on what the grass in VandeHomeland is like this time of year.

What’s With Washington, D.C.’s Avalanche of Facebook Stories?

A sweep of publications around town finds an abundance of stories about Facebook. WaPo. NJ. Roll Call. They’re all writing them.

On Sunday WaPo ran a first-person account of one reporter’s decision to give up Facebook. Today NJ‘s Ethan Klapper, a recent AU graduate, writes about how Capitol Hill offices prefer Facebook for Social Media. His lede: “Congress would rather friend you than follow you, a new study says.” Not surprisingly, the study shows that staffers 30 and older think Social Media is worthwhile while those 51 and older are not so convinced.

Roll Call, in the meantime, has two Facebook-themed stories today. Features Editor Ryan Teague Beckwith writes about how lawmakers make Facebook personal — well, predominately one lawmaker. His story focuses on 58-year-old Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and his Facebook habits. An intriguing detail comes three fourths of the way down when he reports that Miller has received ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) type messages from strangers. “There are a few perfect strangers who worry me a little bit,” Miller tells Beckwith. “I think it might be an Anthony Weiner-like setup to draw me into something that would be politically embarrassing, so I obviously avoid that. And it’s not my nature.” (Yes, we should hope it’s not his nature to send snapshots of his johnson to female fans.)

In a second Facebook story, Beckwith’s Roll Call colleague Daniel Newhauser addresses the study that Klapper does above.

WaPo‘s Sunday offering was Innovations Editor Emi Kolawole‘s first-person account of why she can’t quit Facebook. The editor warned her friends and family, quit, and then signed on again — for WaPo. “Facebook: 2, Me: o,” she concluded. Most readers sympathized with her dilemma about staying or leaving as Kolawole expressed on Twitter how much she was enjoying reading the comments. But one reader, probably not someone the editor ought to friend, sounded completely fed up. “What a waste of space and ink (on a Sunday to boot)! Who cares about your Facebook issues! This has to be one of the worst articles in the Post all year.”