Jewish World Review May 28, 2002 /17 Sivan, 5762
U.S. issues list of 5,000 bad things that
might happen someday
Falling Pianos Top List of Hypothetical Bad Things
Stung by recent criticism that it has been behind the curve on terror threats, the U.S.
government today released an alphabetized list of 5,000 bad things that, in the
words of the document, "might happen today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or
The document, published in an eight-pound hardcover book, has been called the
single scariest government publication since the Starr Report.
It is also available in a books-on-tape version, with readers John Ashcroft, Dick
Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld and Tom Ridge giving spooky renditions of the lengthy
list of bad things.
While some of the bad things on the list are familiar, some are new, including a
possible al Qaeda plot to rent apartments, rent pianos, and then push the pianos
out of the apartment windows.
When asked about the piano plot, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer
hedged a bit, saying that intelligence agents eavesdropping on al Qaeda radio
communications could not definitively tell if they were saying "pianos" or "peonies."
"They're not as dangerous as pianos, of course, but peonies can still do a lot of
harm," Mr. Fleischer said.
Mr. Fleischer also said that it is possible that al Qaeda meant they were planning to
push live ponies out of apartment windows.
"If they didn't mean pianos or peonies but actually meant ponies, God help us all,"
Mr. Fleischer said.
One possible danger not listed in the book, however, is the book itself: today in
Washington a copy of the book fell from a third-story apartment window, injuring
JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for Newsweek.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author, most recently, of "Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading" and "Rationalizations to Live By". Comments by clicking here. Visit his website by clicking here.
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