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Entertaining moments on NewsOK welcomed in a week of serious news

by Alan Herzberger Modified: August 29, 2014 at 11:10 am •  Published: August 22, 2014

It’s been a serious couple of weeks. has had updates every day — many times per day — on the unrest in Ferguson.

And the site has had the gruesome updates of journalist James Foley killed by Islamic State extremists.

And it has had local stories on teacher shortages, high teen birth rates and cyber-attacks on hospital data.

It’s a tough world out there. And NewsOK has that stuff on its home page every day.

But we also often have a lighter fare on the home page. And today seems like a good day to highlight four items that made me smile while browsing NewsOK this week.


Stealing my dance moves

Blogger Richard Hall shared a video he found on the internet — the one of former presidential candidate John McCain dancing the robot at a fund-raiser.

Richard’s line:

“The Roots and Jamie Foxx were performing for some Republican dignitaries, and former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain decided he wanted a piece of that.”

I laughed. Not an LOL, but a healthy chuckle.


Berry Tramel’s effortless popularity

Sports Columnists Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson recorded their ice bucket challenge on their weekly Press Row video. Berry, who knows everything about sports in Oklahoma but very little about what’s going on in social media space, repeatedly said, “That’s what they tell me,” as Jenni explained the challenge and its massive popularity on Facebook last week.

“I’m social and I’m in the media, but I’m not into social media.”

I chuckled while shaking my head, because I know that Berry’s Twitter account has more than 20,000 followers and that every blog post he publishes immediately reaches our list of top-viewed stories based on Twitter distribution alone.

Yeah, he’s on social media.


And app for the past

I learned about an app that grew in popularity this week. It’s an app that “gives the illusion of typing on a manual typewriter.”

We shared a story from Time Magazine. Time also reviewed the app.

The whole thing was merely interesting. That’s what our ‘Around the Web’ section on NewsOK can do — show a variety of interesting news and information items.

But it went from interesting to funny when a colleague glowingly used the app and explained how cutting edge he was — by using a new app to bring back old technology.

That’s worth a chuckle.

And then came this Twitter post from our own Linda Lynn on Throwback Thursday, showing a computer used in The Oklahoman’s newsroom in 1989.

I turned 15 that summer. And that might actually be the year I last used a manual typewriter.


Thundering Up

And like every other red-blooded Oklahoman, I enjoy AC/DC’s classic rock song, ‘Thunderstruck.” It’s the Oklahoma City Thunder’s fourth-quarter anthem, right? But the lead singer’s voice doesn’t sit well with everyone in my family. It’s not for everybody, I guess.

So to wrap up some of the items that made me chuckle this week, I watched Finnish band Steve’n’Seagulls’ version of ‘Thunderstruck” about 10 times this week.

It wasn’t on NewsOK — until now.


by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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