A personal favorite moving to the endangered list?


Not to alarm anybody unnecessarily, but ...

I stepped into enemy territory the other day.

The state of the entire world is in flux, and we need our most advanced minds to come together in unity and reach a conclusion immediately.

Potential nuclear war? Maybe. But that’s not what I’m talking about here.

Religious separation so stark and divisive that it could very well be the cause of WWIII? Sure, I could see that happening, but that’s for another column, and a much brighter columnist to handle.

No, this problem might seem a little less dramatic than the aforementioned scenarious, but it still shook me visibly when I woke up one morning this week and this was the first headline I read: “Worldwide bacon shortage ‘unavoidable.’”

The story, published on Yahoo!, stated that Britain’s National Pig Association (BNPA) “has sounded the alarm that the world should brace for an ‘unavoidable’ bacon and pork shortage next year.”

The BNPA suggested that high pig-feed costs, caused by what it describes as “the global failure of maize and soya” harvests, have contributed to declining pig herds around the world. That means that, yes, bacon prices will continue to rise, and there’s a chance that I will be one day eating a sandwich that only contains lettuce and tomato.

Of course, the world of Twitter metaphorically blew up in response to a potential bacon shortage. @ACabot88 tweeted, “The Mayans were right, the world is coming to an end.” @TylerMachado posted, “Maybe we wouldn’t be facing a bacon shortage if you twee hipsters didn’t put bacon on cupcakes, in mixed drinks, etc.”

For the record, I love Twitter. Anytime something happens in the news, sports or entertainment worlds, I immediately open up my Twitter account to see what people are posting. Nine times out of 10 I find myself cracking up over the offerings of the Internet “trolls,” and I can’t help but get a kick out of how emotional people get when they are posting 140 characters or less at any given time.

That being said, there are times when people get a bit too fast and loose with their Twitter accounts. I understand that there are idiots everywhere in the world, and we’ve all met more than a few, but I can’t help but think that some people hide behind their “Internet muscles” when they are online and just spew forth comments that fly past the point of being creative and leap right into imbecile territory.

For those who haven’t heard the story, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith got word early Sunday morning that his 19-year-old brother, Tevin, died in a motorcycle crash. Smith left the team hotel immediately and drove to Virginia to be with his family, then hurried back to Baltimore to play in the Ravens’ game on national television Sunday night.

Smith visibly fought through tears on the sideline before the game when there was a moment of silence for his brother, and somehow managed to score two touchdowns and gain over 100 yards that night, helping lead the Ravens to victory over the vaunted New England Patriots. Out of curiousity, I checked out what people were tweeting Smith and was moved by the kind words and encouragement.

Then the next day, I read about this tweet from @KatieBrady12: “Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him about your wi--- ohhh. Wait. #TooSoon?”

That tweet came from Patriots fan and Baltimore resident Katie Moody, and it ignited a firestorm of threatening tweets from others who had come across it. Moody’s employer, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, confirmed it was Moody who sent the tweet, and one employee at the school was said to have received 174 e-mails in response to Moody’s tweet.

Free speech works both ways, right, Ms. Moody?

Apparently, stupidity is still in great abundance in this world, even if bacon isn’t.