Jewish World Review April 21, 2003 / 19 Nisan, 5763

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Reading your own obituary ... and other 'oops' moments | It is nearly five years, now, since a congressional aid misread a Web site. His boss took the floor of the House and made a poignant heartfelt farewell to comedian Bob Hope. The snag was, Mr. Hope was not dead, nor is he now, except at

After A password protection mechanism at the news site was disabled, the public was able to link to the obituaries of Mr. Hope, Pope John Paul II, Fidel Castro, Ronald Reagan, Vice President Dick Cheney. They’re all alive.

CNN is looking into the gaffe. No comment from the now 100-year-old Mr. Hope, although he has now broken Mark Twain’s record for most times having been able to read— and deny his own obituary.

And it was also Mark Twain who once said he never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

About the lucky Royal Marine with the magic helmet — A little postscript to the story that got attention around the world it may not have deserved. British Royal Marine Eric Walderman was photographed wearing a bullet-riddled helmet that presumably had saved his life during a gun battle with Iraqi forces in Umm Qasr. This photo generated some attention and caused grave concern to his family and friends. Well, the bullet holes were real, but the story was not. Turns out he was not wearing that helmet while those bullet marks were made.

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