Thursday, March 31, 2005

Brown and the art of spectroscopic analysis

Hear these facts that Dan Brown has uncovered for his "shortly to be released non-fictional work, The Secret of the K-word".
  • The then Kashmir Maharaja, Hari Singh covertly ceded Kashmir to the US in 1947.
  • When the map of Kashmir is reversed it becomes, uncannily, congruent with the hilly state of Kentucky “in the southern US”.
  • There are amazing co-relatives between Kashmir and Kentucky.
  • When the longitude of Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, is divided by the latitude of Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, the prime number so obtained has the same numeric valency as Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which accords a special status to Kashmir!
  • Slimes of India actually interviewed Dan Brown over telephone for an article on his latest book !

You can read everything here. While I am at a loss to figure out what words like "co-relatives" and "valency" mean, I know that Kentucky is not considered to be in the Southern US. And I certainly know the date, which completely invalidates my concerns regarding the geographical facts and the language used in the article. Don't you think such April Fool jokes are passe, esspecially when you have been reading "tall" stories in the Slimes of India all round the year.

11 comments:

Ram said...

lol! halfway thru ur post, i wanted to stop and comment to call u a fool for being foxed so easily! What a fool I cud have been :) !!

bigplans said...

These bastards @ TOI write such turd everyday..and yet!!..it sells!

Anonymous said...

hey,
kentucky is part of south US...

anantha said...

Anon: I always thought that Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas and Tennessee are the "Southern states". Hmmmm, I could be wrong though....

Nilu said...

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia technically constitute the South - for historical reasons.

Parts of KY and Missouri applied for acceptance into the confederacy, and those states are represented as stars on the Confederate battle flag. But those two states never really seceded officially.

Thus those states are still very much "Mid West" and not South.

anantha said...

Nilu: I did not know all that, but I just figured out that I havent heard Ky mentioned in the same breadth as the states you have mentioned... And my knowledge is totally gleaned from movies :)

Me said...

idhu enna pa nayam. Kentucky map aa thiripipatha kashmir theriyadha.

Twin-Gemini said...

Times of India does an April Fool's trick on people almost everyday. They dont report on news, they just write stories. I think when they dont have anything to report on, they all sit together and do a brainstorming session of how they could fill up their paper/website.

Twin-Gemini said...

Also Anti, next time you come over to Chicago, let me know. We can meet.

hemanth said...

Last week, I almost got ran into, for wearing a Yankees cap in Louisville, so am pretty sure, KY is South.

Nilu said...

Hemanth, by your analogy - Boston will have to be most Southern ;)