There's nothing worse than lame attempts at humor. If you're not funny, it's just better to play it straight. It's just astonishing that nobody outside of Gleeman has told Souhan that he's just not funny. Not his wife, or his editors or his friends--nobody he listens to--has saved him from the repeated embarrassment of lame attempts at humor. It's too bad, because he used to be a decent writer before the Peter Principle took over and made him a columnist. Then he thought he had to be somebody he's not. He's not just bad at it, his attempts to inject humor into his writing is at times pathetic. The new low came today. He actually wrote this (and his editors let it get to print): "Give us some reason to believe you haven't been kidnapped by a South American dictator or sucked into that temple by the black cloud monster on 'Lost.' (If you don't get that reference, don't worry about it -- those of us who watch the show don't get it, either.)" He actually wrote a reference that he knew nobody would get because he doesn't even get it. Newsflash Jim: You're not funny and you're ruining your career trying to be somebody you're not. Stop it and start telling the story the way you know you can.