As we enter a new year, let us remind ourselves of one of the immutable, and perhaps comforting, laws of nature: stupidity is its own reward. And it only took three days of 2023 for our fellow humans to once again prove the truism.

One of the fun things about writing a regular column is that, every now and then, you produce one that seems to really resonate, and that people remember for a long time. In 2005 — 18 years ago! — I wrote one for News24 that some long-forgotten subeditor decided to title “You can Tuna Fish, but not a Seal”, and someone resurfaced it this week. ..

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