Regarding the Harry Potter "news" stories

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:16 PM
I know that several of you have submitted news stories about the alleged "done deal" for Universal to license Harry Potter for the Orlando parks, but I haven't posted it as news. Here's why.

First of all, we know it has been a rumor for a long time. No surprises there. Beyond that, it has festered into fact by, I kid you not, some newspaper in Kazakhstan. It moved around the Middle East and former Soviet republics, and the closest it got to mainstream was one of the British tabloids. Needless to say, none of these stories have any credible attribution, so it's not news.

I'm not saying it isn't likely, because it's more than reasonable to assume that the franchise makes its way to a theme park eventually. The only reason the rumor exists beyond enthusiast and industry circles is because it's a hot property to the world at large. It's still no better than the rumors of park "X" building "Y."

Now if the Orlando Sentinel does a story, then there's something to talk about.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:43 PM
Are you sure we can't see the story? I mean, Kazakhstan's prostitutes are the cleanest in the region, except of course Turkmenistan's.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 4:54 PM
Very niiiiice. ;)
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 5:17 PM
I was aware that it was probably a less than credible source when I submitted it, but I submitted it anyways just in case it would "squeak" through ;) No hard feelings :)
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:54 PM
(Kazakh national anthem)

"Kazakhstan is the greatest country in the World. All other countries are run by little girls. Kazakhstan is the #1 exporter of pottassium....."

God I loved Borat :)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007 8:08 AM
C'mon Jeff it has to be true. ;)

Even Jay Leno talked about the new Harry Potter park last night, followed by a rather funny comment about how much Michael Jackson would enjoy the park as well. *** Edited 4/18/2007 12:09:20 PM UTC by browntggrr***

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007 10:52 AM
That was an easy joke to write. ;)

Wow, that's kind of funny....Jeff's post that is. ;)

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