Monday, July 12, 2010

On Tuning in the Radio Half Way through a News Broadcast

It provides another level of wonderment in an already strange world.

Get into the car, start it up, drive away and the radio comes on. NPR is telling me about a group of soccer fans in a restaurant in Uganda that have been attacked by a suicide bomber belonging to a '50s rock group. The Shebop hates soccer fans? Who knew? Is this the radical wing of the Doo-Wop movement? Will there be reprisals from the Rama Lama Ding Dong?

Explanations do come eventually. But it was a surreal 30 seconds or so. It's not The Shebop. It's Al Shebab. Or Al Sheba'ab. Or something. It's apparently a radical Somali group attached to Al Qaeda.

Oh.

And why would Al Qaeda affiliated Somali group hate soccer fans in Uganda? Even the well-informed experts interviewed on NPR couldn't answer that one.