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Lester & Charlie made hundreds of dollars from divesting their Carbon Paper Industry portfolio and using the proceeds to purchase the worldwide patent on Troll Doll Pencil Eraser Heads™. Urged by their friends, neighbors and parole officers to “give back” to society, they embarked on a career of hard-hitting investigative journalism that’s keeping the masses informed.

Today, Lester & Charlie have a worldwide audience spanning five continents and whatever Iceland is.

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We've Replaced Your Wife With Folgers Crystals

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:36 PM

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Everything indicated that the American divorce rate would drop after the invention of Folgers Crystals. Research indicates, however, that in the early 1960s, when these commercials were introduced, divorce was at its lowest rate of the decade. Over the next ten years, the...

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Ho Lee Fuk Deez Nuts - When Can News Be Trusted?

(4) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:11 PM

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In the last few days, this television news broadcast caused a lot of laughter among people who, naturally, thought the reporter was the victim of a prank:

But, apparently, Deez Nuts is a legitimate third-party candidate for the White House in 2016. Sure, he's a high school kid, but he filled out the paperwork for the FEC and that's how a person gets through the gate. So, for now, he's legit.

This reminded us of another news report, one that an anchor delivered in a completely deadpan way:

That one was not real. It is a very funny prank on a broadcaster, but it's pretty easy to see through it once you get the joke. It's easy to speculate that a lot of people, who simply think Asians have weird names, didn't see any joke there whatsoever. That notion makes it a bit funnier, but it might not be a true assumption.

But both news broadcasts above -- one true, one not true -- are presented as fact, a word that many people use synonymously with truth. And fact-checking in today's news-gathering world, trust us on this (or don't), often means that something appeared on Wikipedia. But the only real criteria Wikipedia has to back up facts is the presence of something else on the Internet that states it as a fact. We know a high-profile author whose name is misspelled on his Wikipedia page and after two years being unable to get it corrected, the misspelling spilled into other news sites. Now, those news sites that carried over Wikipedia's mistake are what justify the misspelling on Wikipedia. So the guy's name has, basically, changed.

And does it really matter in the end? History -- particularly autobiography, where a lot of history comes from -- is often described by scholars as nothing more than distorted facts that are filtered through frail human memory to give meaning to the past. So maybe there is no "truth."

Marcus Aurelius said a long time ago, "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

Then again, who knows if he said that? We found it on Wikipedia.

Editor's Note: There are no hyperlinks to outside sources attesting to the facts represented here. Not by accident.


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Happy Birthday and RIP, Economic Opportunity Act

(8) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:11 AM

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51 years ago this week, President Johnson signed a $1 billion anti-poverty bill called the Economic Opportunity Act. "Freedom," he said, "is not enough." The Act initiated a range of programs including:

  • Basic education, training and jobs for...
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Your Own 'Do It Yourself' Psychoanalysis Kit

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 4:41 PM

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Everyone needs a break from Prilosec and Paxil these days. So here are a few of the funniest, most misguided, sexist, dangerous and just plain stupid mid-century PSAs to perk us all up. Terrible as the senseless shootings and the Republican candidates are,...

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Find Out if You've Lost the Awe in Shock Value

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:13 PM

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Intrepid reporters Lester & Charlie went into hibernation for a while (did you miss us?) because the news seemed to be getting... stale. Watching the news these days is like watching a long-running soap opera. You can tune out for years,...

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What's Wrong with this Picture?

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:17 PM

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The University of North Georgia says it was an "isolated case of poor judgment." Well, maybe they honestly think that it was -- or suddenly realized they should stop letting partially blind Uncle Bubba pick out the catalog pictures.

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Is the New AP Test Really Too Liberal?

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:52 PM

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This week's test from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!


So much talk lately about who or what is patriotic. Mostly because "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani had the nerve this week to say Barack Obama...

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Mr. Grey Will Test You Now, Children

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 1:05 PM

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This week's test from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

Nearly everyone, it seems, is obsessed with the spanking-new erotic drama, Fifty Shades of Grey -- a film apparently so awesome that two sequels were announced before the first...

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Are You Prepared for Alabama's School Safety Plan?

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:14 AM

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This week's test from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the shocker story from Alabama that school officials there put a 5-year-old girl on suicide and homicide watch...

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Vote in Lester and Charlie's Annual Prediction Poll

(5) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 11:27 PM

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This week's survey from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

Welcome to Lester and Charlie's Annual Prediction Poll!

For more years than we care to count, you readers have helped us bet on what the big news stories of...

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Can You Pass This Grand Jury Screening Test?

(8) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:43 PM

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This week's quiz from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

You may have seen our favorite (if not-so-shocking) headline this week: 100 Brains Missing in Texas!

Those brains have apparently since been accounted for. We...

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Are You About to Get Dumped by a Liberal Friend?

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

The Pew Research Center has an interesting question for you: Are you becoming less popular? Are your friends dropping you? Maybe you've Facebooked...

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Are You More Homicidal Than This Alabama 5-Year-Old?

(9) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:31 AM

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This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

"Mommy? Daddy? What is homicide?"

This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten...
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Here's the Story ...

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 2:49 PM

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Rumor says that these razor-sharp excerpts of an unfinished novel were found in an LA trash can. They were originally published online without the author's permission. The author committed suicide after losing the area code for 1-800-LAWYERS.
 

EXCERPTS FROM MY NOVEL,...

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Come on Down! You're the Next Contestant on "The Price is Right Wing!"

(5) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:09 PM

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

If you think that game shows are just about trivia, spelling, quick reflexes and a way for Midwestern housewives to show America what they look like in a donkey suit, then you don't know game shows.

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Maybe It's Time We Gave You an Apology

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

This week was all about the apology.

It wasn't just that the New York Times had to apologize for mistakenly referring to Dick Cheney as the former president of the United States. Apologies abounded! Like...

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Miles of Aisles of Dissent: There's an App for That!

(7) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 4:15 PM

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

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Recently, the Pew Research Center reported that the number of Americans with a "highly negative" view of the opposing party has more...

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Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

(33) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:20 AM

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!

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Big business has a big mouth these days, but what comes out isn't always pleasant. Chick-fil-A hates gays. Hobby Lobby has...

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What's the Next Book Title Corporate America Will Sneak into Kids' Libraries?

(13) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:18 PM

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking!


"Won't someone please think of the children?"

We'd like to think somebody is thinking about the children, but for the right reasons. For example, one distracting hot button today is the potential advertising of...

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The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon's Resignation

(5) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:11 AM

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On this anniversary, let's remember one great -- but too often overlooked -- Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 40 years ago with logic and passion.

Check out Barbara Jordan's brief but prescient remarks...

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