April 08, 2004


A bunch of plain-looking munters in Manhattan and Sydney come up with a list of the World’s Most Beautiful People. Newspapers think this is worth reporting.


Posted by Tim Blair at April 8, 2004 03:47 AM

I didn't see my name on the list, so the selection process is obviously flawed and discriminatory.

Posted by: perfectsense at April 8, 2004 at 04:19 AM

Another year, another year passed over for The List. How will I ever cope?

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at April 8, 2004 at 04:34 AM

Whats a munter?

Posted by: Grunter at April 8, 2004 at 05:53 AM

A quick glance at list didn't reveal my name, either, so my first assumption was that the maker of the list really did have some minimum standards for beauty.

But, then I saw Ben Stiller's name there.

I now realize that the judging was highly flawed.

Posted by: Dave T. at April 8, 2004 at 06:36 AM

Munter: A very very ugly person, the next step up from being a minger, who is just ugly.

(Plagiarized from UrbanDictionary.com/define.php?term=munter. I didn't know, either)

Posted by: Ernie G at April 8, 2004 at 07:29 AM

Damn -- nixed again!

Posted by: Danny Devito at April 8, 2004 at 11:24 AM

I'll take this seriously when they include the world's best-built guys in the list. I can think of a few nominees.

Posted by: Freddyboy at April 8, 2004 at 11:54 AM

It is obvious that Tim, with his Aussie slang & sports discussions & Skippy references (far too few of the last to suit my taste) wants to maintain the illusion that this is “just” an Australian blog, rather than the international power-blog that it has become.

Posted by: ForNow at April 8, 2004 at 12:31 PM

I wish I knew why news outlets consider items such as 'The Most Beautiful People' newsworthy.

I'm getting sick and tired of having some of the few precious minutes of local (TV and Radio) news devoted to celebrity items. The merging of news with entertainment is disturbing.

I have NOTHING against celebrity news. However, I'd rather it be covered by magazines and newspapers that are devoted to this. Leave the 'hard news' media out of celebrity reporting.

Isn't there sufficient non-celebrity news around the world to report on? I certainly think there is.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at April 8, 2004 at 07:06 PM

WOT!? No Gastropod in the list - unbelieveable.

Posted by: lawrie at April 8, 2004 at 11:15 PM

It seems to me more like Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson is suffering from gas pain, and is straining to liberate a huge fart.

Posted by: sing0 at April 9, 2004 at 04:10 PM

The photocaption actually reads "Most Beautiful Poeple"

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky at April 10, 2004 at 01:57 AM

I see. What we have here is a half-arsed, half-baked argument about news values. (I think.)

Well, I guess if you were any good at picking the public taste, you'd be editing a major metropolitan daily by now rather than running a vanity blog.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at April 10, 2004 at 09:39 AM

Don't diss Miranda's favorite magazine articles! She dotes on those things, but only managed to make Blackwell's list of Worst-Looking Celebrity Pets one year. Miranda, you really should have that mite infestation seen to -- there's nothing more unattractive than a live, bald parrot.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 11, 2004 at 04:03 AM

If the bloghead is paying you overtime to provide these classic retorts then he needs to get McKinsey's in quick.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at April 11, 2004 at 11:37 AM

No, Miranda -- I said get on the tricycle, not poop in your water again! (Stupid parrot. They told me that parrots were smart, but I think I got a retarded one. Can I return it to the pet store...)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 11, 2004 at 12:25 PM

Hey how come I was not on the list....sitting in my big chair with the keyboard in hand, smoking cigars and playing with the cigar cutter in one hand while I type with the other. Darn....that sounds sexy to me....

Posted by: cigars at April 12, 2004 at 10:27 AM