Wish I had a half dozen end of the year special lists prepared, but I don't. I have looked at what some mainstream newspapers and other media believe are most important stories and they suggest that crime (and oddity) is the major news. A neighbor suggests that perhaps the real big stories are those that are ignored by the conventional media because they don't aid their largest advertisers or because the actual knowledge of personnel in those media is terribly limited. A commenter on the Charlie Rose show suggested something like "real news is that which governments and powers suppress or wish to suppress".
But for now, a modest little riddle. It sort of fits into a discussion that has devolved into a discussion of the meanings of words at Mt. Blogmore...specifically in that case "tea baggers".
Here it is: What Nebraska city or town has a two-word name with both words meaning the same thing even if that was very likely not the intention of the original namers? No prizes, but you may get your comment added here if you get it right... or find a better example for that matter.
[[[ Note: Gideon Oakes who comments at Mt. Blogmore (see his comment) correctly guessed "Long Pine" as the town. If you work crossword puzzles, you will often see those two words as clues for each other. "To long for her" or "to pine for her" are words for country western songs. There may be other towns in other states that share this kind of double double meaning when taken out of the town name context.--- Doug Wiken Jan 2, 2010 ]]]]
** Stay tuned for the fascinating answer or just for a break in your day next year -- Doug Wiken