NPR’s ‘Ramona’ mistake brightens up an otherwise terrible news day

NPR is known for their high journalistic criteria, on the air, on their site, and even on Facebook. So it came as an endearing surprise when the organization’s official Facebook page was updated with a tale about “Ramona.”

In a Facebook post from Monday night, NPR posted about Ramona and her escapades with dolls, hugs, and cats. The narrative itself is surreal out of context, because there isn’t enough information to know who or what Ramona is. But it’s the wholesomeness and adorableness of Ramona’s escapades, combined with the mistake on NPR’s part, that’s constructing the original post so memorable.

” Ramona is given new toy: Smiles, examines for 20 seconds, disposes ,” the original post reads.” Ramona gets a hug: Acquiesces momentarily, wriggles to be put down. Ramona watches three cats 30 feet away: Immediately possessed by shrieking, spasmodic pleasure that continues after cats flee for their lives .”

Screengrab via NPR/ Facebook

NPR has since been edited the Facebook post, apologizing for the error. But by the time individual organizations caught the errors, the internet already heard about Ramona and needed to know more.

” This is so much better than the depressing news lately ,” one Facebook user wrote.” Can Ramona updates be a new NPR feature ?”

” Where do we sign up for future Ramona updates ?” another poster asked.

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