Thursday, August 17, 2006
One rather odd legacy is what I presume is the first greenlighted headline on user-submitted quasi-news megasite Fark written in Maori. I think I can recall ASCII Binary, I've definitely seen morse code and L33T - they do like their customised novelty headlines - but I've never seen Maori.
Apparently it was composed with an online dictionary - I won't vouch for it's linguistic perfection, but I do find the whole idea touching:
Te Kuini o nga iwi Maori, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, ai te Mate
A lot of the comments are riffing on the way nobody can understand the headline, but my favorite is probably this one:
I wonder how long until I get an e-mail from one of her relatives or her bank manager about money she had in a secret bank account and how I could help get it out of New Zealand.
In the rest of the world, there's been a huge flow of tributes - Scoop's coverage is compiled here.