depressed, or british, or fact-checked?

I subscribe to a couple of podcasts from the BBC, including one for the comedy show The News Quiz, where panelists are asked to answer questions on the week’s news in an amusing and satirical manner. It’s great stuff and usually very witty.

The panelists also read amusing press cuttings which often are sent in by listeners. There was one this week from the alternative magazine the Utne Reader, about a man being treated for depression in the US, but it turned out that all that was wrong was he was British. All very amusing, but if you follow the link to the article you’ll see that at the bottom of the page it’s clearly marked as being a satirical piece (reprinted from a British publication) and very tongue in cheek. Could it be that the American sense of humor is too subtle for Brits?

One Response to “depressed, or british, or fact-checked?”

  1. Robin (bro) says:

    I heard this story a few years ago – I think it was in a Psychiatric journal or something – the difference being that the man in question was specifically Scottish. It somehow works better that way…

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