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Friday, July 17, 2009
C'mon, AP, tell us about the Olden Times
Senate saw carbon copy of courthouse Sotomayor
Feel free to mention in comments the last time you used carbon paper or saw someone use carbon paper. Full marks if you have had to explain to a child what a carbon copy is. Extra credit if you have had to explain to an adult what a carbon copy is. And please name any newspaper that was lazy enough to use the AP headline in the print edition.
And now I have a busy day of writing ahead and have to sharpen my quills.