They just invented a new Central Asian country. They're stupider than Herman Cain
This article originally appeared in The Moscow Times
Move over, Herman Cain — the New York Times has got you beat.
When the paper of record published an in-depth feature on climber Tommy Caldwell, the one thing that wasn't very in-depth was its fact-checking.
So it had to run the following correction, which manages to be both embarrassing and deadpan:
— Joshua Foust (@joshuafoust)January 8, 2015
Indeed it does not. Good point.
Rightfully, this should earn the NYT the place formerly occupied by Cain, who famously flaunted his ignorance of the same region during his presidential run.
just remembered the time a presidential candidate talked about the country "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan", and lol https://t.co/JgNLXAACZA— Matt English (@matttomic)December 6, 2014
Another former presidential hopeful also comes to mind.
— mdtoorder (@mdtoorder)January 9, 2015
In any case, the invention of Kyrzbekistan proved an inspiration to many. Some proudly sang the national anthem.
Long live Kyrzbekistan/They'll never understand/the Kyrzbek's love for his land/It's time Kyrzbeks took a stand!— Roy Abrams (@RQA)January 8, 2015
Some reminded the world of Kyrzbekistan's sporting success.
The national hoops team from #Kyrzbekistan could beat the Knicks, easy— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305)January 9, 2015
Some tried to find its exact location.
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery)January 8, 2015
Some found good reason to expect Tony Blair would soon get involved.
BREAKING: Former British PM in talks to offer "strategic advice" to president-for-life of #Kyrzbekistan Kyrzbekbashi.— Oliver Bullough (@OliverBullough)January 8, 2015
Some were, quite frankly, not happy with the whole business in the first place.
We Austranians don't like Kyrzbesistanis ever since they have sided with Luxemstein in the United States Of Amigos question #Kyrzbekistan— Martin Hovezak (@MirrorOfMirrors)January 8, 2015
And some even managed to get in touch with the President himself.
— Jeremy Nicholl (@Russian_Photos)January 8, 2015
A number of posts about the newly discovered country have the unmistakable air of Molvanîa about them.
@kyrzbekistan How's the WiFi in Kyrzbekistan? Just checking before scheduling a holiday.— Carol Terry (@Carolcdt)January 8, 2015
— Kip Keen (@JrMining)January 8, 2015
— Tim Moorhead (@t_moorhead)January 8, 2015
— Anita B. Newton (@AnitaBNewton)January 8, 2015