Wed 15 Jul 2009
Remember Kimberley Vlaminck? She was the 18 year old European girl who created a stir by having a bijillion stars tattoo’d all over her face and then claiming the incident was due to miscommunication. Her brilliance was just challenged by Alexa Longueira, a 15 year old Staten Island girl who fell into an open manhole as she was walking and texting. Said Alexa:
BRB. LIGHTS OUT. LOL.
Just kidding. Actually, she said:
It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me. … They were just, like, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’
The Luddites of the world will use this as proof that technology is destroying society, casting us headlong into pits of despair (and moral sewage.)
I’m reminded of the classic Microsoft interview question, Why are manhole covers (always) round? My favorite answer: they’re not. You can buy square ones too. The nerdiest answer is “Manholes are round because circles are Reuleaux polygons, that is, a shape that can’t fall into its hole.” Other good answers include: people are round, corners pop tires, circles roll and circles are strong.
But we’re straying from the original point which is this: what is the next silly thing a teenage girl will do to catch the media’s attention?
Do you text when you shouldn’t?