New Evidence: Aussies Smarter Than Yanks

Or at least better spellers.

From the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday:
The same story, as summarized by a U.S. aviation-security newsletter I receive, which linked to that very SMH article:

Ie, one of the Yank editors looked at the Australian article and decided to "improve" its spelling. Or perhaps make it more genteel. I would wrap up here with the requisite joke about the decline of American education or the collapse of journalistic standards or the unintended long-term cognitive effects of exposure to "Set phasers to stun!" commands from Captain Kirk, but any of those would be too obvious. So I'll just move on.