Gawker’s bed bug photo FAIL; White House humor & rumors

by nobugsonme on August 28, 2010 · 2 comments

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Gawker joins the mainstream US media in their confusion about what bed bugs look like.

Check out their graphic for Friday’s article about the Bed Bug Registry:

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(At least that’s what it looks like at 1:30 am EST on Saturday 8/28, apparently more than 24 hours after it appeared.)

I was also amused to see their prank Bed Bug Registry entry for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

This recent Spoof story about bed bugs in the White House is completely fictitious. So was this one published in The Onion last February.

However, do note that in the last few weeks, the West Wing of the White House was tented with a tarp (see here, and here) while the president was traveling.

Although the official explanation was that it was tented for “maintenance work, including power washing” (as noted here), this did give rise to speculation in some quarters that the White House might have been tented for gas fumigation, perhaps even for bed bugs.

I do not know enough about the structure to even know if this is even a possibility (it’s usually necessary to tent an entire building for gas fumigation).

A more likely explanation is probably maintenance and planned renovations.

Still, the President and his family travel a lot, and have a lot of people coming in and out. I hope they’re taking precautions against bed bugs!

Thanks to Maciej Ceglowski at the Bed Bug Registry for spotting Gawker’s enigmatic silhouette bug!

Update (8/29):

Gawker has now updated the same post with a new graphic that incorporates a silhouette bed bug alongside the “not a bed bug” bug.

Even better, they’ve gotten Maciej’s input on their story. Check it out!

You may also be interested in this Daily News story about the Bed Bug Registry.

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1 nobugsonme August 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Just added above:

Update (8/29):

Gawker has now updated the same post with a new graphic that incorporates a silhouette bed bug alongside the “not a bed bug” bug.

Even better, they’ve gotten Maciej’s input on their story. Check it out!

You may also be interested in this Daily News story about the Bed Bug Registry.

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