Before we had the Internet to tell us everything we need to know about, well, everything—there was this neat little thing called print media. It often included basic TV listings, along with synopses of the movies and programs coming up for the day or week. And sometimes those synopses were absolutely hilarious (and kind of morbid).
A 1998 synopsis for The Wizard of Oz, which reportedly ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer, takes a very unique tack to describe the classic tale of a young girl transported to a fantastical land.
You just have to see it for yourself:
That little bit of awesome was written by Rick Polito, who told Jim Romenesko it has sadly become the most enduring legacy of his journalistic career. But at least he's taking it in stride:
"That line is going to follow me to the grave. It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email sigs. Someday I'm going to walk down the street and see it on a T-shirt and punch the person who's wearing it."What do you think? Can you come up with a creepier description for The Wizard of Oz?
(Via Jim Romenesko)