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Monday, June 17, 2002


What Says Monday Better Than a Trip Through the

I love getting feedback, testimonials, and other random pieces of e-praise in my inbox. Today's affirmation came as a big surprise. Here's the text of the message:

Dear Kindly Mr. Bunsen-man,

I like your website. I will never go more that one hour without checking it for new content. You can print this as a testimonial, but if so I would like it to be attributed to the President of Senegal.

The President of Senegal

I was floored by this message. But to me, this just reaffirms the transcontinental potential of the World Wide Web. The Prez even included his URL with his kind note.

One thing, Mr. President: I don't know if I can keep up with your expectations of a new post every hour! I have a day job to attend to...but perhaps you can help me out with that by diverting some of that $16 billion Gross Domestic Product that your nation of 10,284,929 cranks out per annum. Not bad! Humbly, I can't say that I approve of your infant mortality rate of 56.75 deaths for every 1,000 live births, but no nation is perfect! [Though America comes pretty close, does it not? How about that whuppin' we put on our Mexican brothers last night? Huh? You like that?] Maybe you should work on this little problem before sending me a contribution.

Kindly Bunsen-man.

[Bonus: Senegal Fun Facts!]

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This is the internet home of Mark Lisanti, a Los Angeles writer sometimes known as Bunsen. He is the founding editor of Defamer, a weblog about Hollywood, where he now serves in the nebulous capacity of "editor-at-large."
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