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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on January 15, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Out on a Limb 
“Parents Accidentally Confuse Children’s Names More Often When Names Sound Alike”–headline, University of Texas at Austin press release, Jan. 13

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“The Ayatollah’s Disarming Wit”–headline, New York Times, Jan. 14

Chicken Hawks? 
The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in the conference championship Sunday ,with the winner headed for the Super Bowl in fabulous East Rutherford, N.J. But if you’re a Niners fan thinking of taking in this weekend’s game in person, you may have a hard time getting in. “The Seahawks are limiting ticket sales to six states and the Canadian provinces,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports;

Only credit cards with addresses from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii will be allowed to buy tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. That’s it.

California is not on the list.

Why? Among other reasons, Seahawks management apparently is scared of 49ers fans, who “made their presence known in several opposing stadiums.”

One reader who sent us this tip mocked the Hawks, writing: “How big of a bunch of [cowards] are you if you’re afraid of people from San Francisco?” We chuckled, but we realized he was wrong when we thought of Nancy Pelosi.

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