The funniest thing in the Sunday paper isn’t the funnies — it’s Parade magazine. From the pomposity of Marilyn vos Savant to the puffery of James Brady, Parade has long been a source of unintended humor.
This week, the magazine offered a quiz on popular culture written by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, who seems like an odd choice for such an assignment given his “culture warrior” views. Even more bizarre is O’Reilly’s phrasing in this question:
President Dwight D. Eisenhower had one recreational passion outside of Mamie. It was: a) eight ball b) golf c) jogging d) gangsta rap.
Do most people think of their spouses as a recreational passion? Is that how Ike thought of Mamie, his lovely wife? Is a marriage akin to yoga, scrapbooking or World of Warcraft? Then again, this sentence was (allegedly) written by the man who once confused a loofah with falafel.
The answer to the Ike question, by the way, is golf.