Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sarcasm in Print

I'm seeing linked all over the place a letter that appeared in an Arkansas newspaper:

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two. This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they ?

Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.

However, according to, the writer of this letter has in the past written some highly sarcastic letters to the editors of that same paper, so it's likely that what's going on here is a bit of "Modest Proposal"-type satire. (I didn't say it was good satire, but it probably is satire.)


Anonymous said...

Obvious satire. I don't see how anyone could think it was real.

This has been a very weird spring. A hot March then the second week of April a hard freeze that killed everything. Now it feels like a normal spring but it almost looks like February. The elms and a few other trees have leaves but the oaks, which is mostly what we have, are bare.

Anonymous said...

One hour of daylight savings time does not affect the (mid-afternoon) high and (overnight) low temperatures.

Roger Owen Green said...

I knew the letter was real. Whether it was supposed to be satire, I wasn't sure, but it sure was hysterical.