The Canadian Imagination

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

But it is Canadian snow!

When the news came out that the Martian lander had discovered snow on Mars, most of the headlines were fairly predictable.

(One which turned up under the search, the Tehran Times' Signs of underground plumbing seen on Mars, raised eyebrows. It turned out not to be about the snow discovery, but a fairly detailed article about the discovery of Martian fissures and erosion within what was turning out to be the Martian hydrosphere. We could learn a few lessons about how to link substance with attention-grabbing headlines.)

Not a single Canadian news source failed to mention, right in the headline, that it had been a Canadian instrument which had detected snow on Mars.

Maybe we should ask someone fluent in Inuktitut to classify it?


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