Unexpected Parenthetical Statement in WSJ

The Wall Street Journal, with its ever-entertaining journalistic style, has yielded another gem. In today’s paper, there is an article about how the University of Michigan has announced a smoking ban in its stadium (click through for the fun headline). The article has the following sentence, containing one of the more unexpected parenthetical statements:

Following a $226 million renovation that added new luxury boxes and suites, Michigan Stadium, nicknamed the Big House, now seats 109,901 people, more than at any other U.S. college. (Asked whether the numeric palindrome was deliberate, Mr. Madej said, “Believe it or not, the answer is no.”)

2 Responses to “Unexpected Parenthetical Statement in WSJ”

  1. Scott Page August 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm Permalink

    Truth be told, the actual number is 106,601 which was on purpose but the media person was holding the card upside down when he read the number.

  2. Samuel Arbesman August 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm Permalink

    Awesome! Very clever.

    Also, Go Blue! (this was required by my wife, who is a Wolverine).