April 5, 2005

"Flesh-Eating Bacteria Consumes Leg of Canadian Political Leader"

That story from a decade ago about the strange fate of Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, who had his leg amputated after being infected with Streptococcus pyogenes, must have set some kind of record for combining American headline writers' all-time favorite phrase ("Flesh-Eating Bacteria") with their all-time most snooze-inducing phrase ("Canadian Political Leader").

No wonder I'd never heard of this incident until Kevin Michael Grace (The Ambler) brought it up today to illustrate how little interest Americans take in Canadians.

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

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