The Unflappability of Brian Williams; The British Are Hoarders

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It's impossible to overstate how well Brian Williams dealt with the fire alarm that went off in the middle of Tuesday's NBC Nightly News telecast. Why is he not getting flustered and covering his ears and saying "IS THERE SUPPOSED TO BE A DRILL TODAY? I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT A DRILL TODAY"? It's what separates the men from the anchor men. [TVNewser]

Regis Philbin is now swearing that he didn't leave Live! because the producers weren't offering enough money. This strikes us a curious negotiating tactic to employ once you've already left a place, and made it clear to Katie Couric that it was because you weren't getting enough money. Plus, he's wearing a crown and a cloak, so clearly he likes the finer things. [The Talk]

The British are in the process of digitizing 300 years worth of their newspapers. The end result is a 65 million story database that went live today. As an accomplishment, it's both staggering and admirable, since it's not like English history went undocumented from 1600 to 1900. The one downside is that it's behind a paywall, but it might be worth it to bite the bullet and pay up -- if only just for two says access -- so you can read the Covenworth Evening Telegraph story from February 10th, 1894 about how there's "that the whereabouts of Jack the Ripper, the notorious Whitechapel murderer, are likely soon to be traced." [BBC]

The fact that Maura Tierney never got any great -- or even particularly good roles -- is a minor Hollywood travesty. Look how funny she is playing opposite James Spader on this week's episode of The Office. These two should have been paired up for a sassy cable show in the 1990s about being single in Atlanta or Seattle or Dallas, or at least done a steamy, made-in-Canada thriller about a heist that goes wrong or so it would seem. [NBC]

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