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Dr. Ruth, Elite Sniper

Yesterday I posted a link to an NPR segment on MetaFilter. It’s some kind of quiz shtick called “Not My Job” and features, hilariously, Neko Case talking about Necco wafers. I read about it on Kennedy’s blog. I figured that Ms. Case was, as one commenter put it, “precisely calibrated for the MetaFilter demographics.”

I learned that this “Not My Job” segment, on a show called “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, is quite popular, and has featured all sorts of celebrities. Another MetaFilter commenter remarked on a previous piece with sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, where she remarked that, in her youth, she’d been a sniper in the Israeli army. Could that be true? Apparently.

“When I was in my routine training for the Israeli army as a teenager, they discovered completely by chance that I was a lethal sniper. I could hit the target smack in the center further away than anyone could believe. Not just that, even though I was tiny and not even much of an athlete, I was incredibly accurate throwing hand grenades too. Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded.”

I’d like to see her load that rifle.

5 Responses to “Dr. Ruth, Elite Sniper”

  1. Jordan

    This post is a blatant invitation for inappropriate innuendo.

    And I’m not falling for it.

  2. filmgoerjuan

    Ironic, really, considering that she’s better known for helping men unload their rifles.

  3. Joe Drumgoole

    “Sten automatic rifle”. Shurely shome mishtake. She may mean sten gun, a simple machine gun built by the English in WWII and used an lot in the middle east. Nobody who ever used one for real would call it a rifle.

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