Laughing Matters: This Week's Five Funniest Media Stories

Yes, it's another round of the five funniest media stories of the week. Featured this time around: Apple, Bart Simpson, Hugo Chavez, English teacher wannabes, and, of course, Jon Stewart.

1. Bart Simpson comes to the defense of the heavily-edited "South Park" episode in which Muhammad someone was depicted as a bear, but sort of backs out of the deal.

2. Edit, and turn off your CAPS LOCK, before you tweet -- because here come the Twitter@johncusack grammarians. Just ask , who became their target after tweeting, um, new words like "breakfasy" and "hippocrite." Cusack told The New York Times: "The vitriol was so intense that at first I didn't think they were serious ... because, like, who would care?" Well, this guy does.

3. Hugo Chavez joins Twitter under the name @chavezcandanga; coerces 125,000 people to follow him after only two tweets (OK, there's some editorializing there.) The best part: he's also asked @fidelcastro to join him.

4. A meme that deserves more followers: "Werner Herzog" reads well-known children's books. "Where's Waldo", the latest addition, is below. See also bleak reworkings of "Curious George," "Mike and the Steam Shovel," and "Madeline." (Thanks to The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan for getting me onto this.)

5. Finally, Jon Stewart more or less sides with Gizmodo in the lost, or stolen, or pilfered, or planted iPhone prototype scandal, and wonders whether Apple has turned (gasp!) evil: "Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one! But you guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes! What the f*ck is going on?!"

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