Santorum's wife authored children's book on good manners, with foreword by Joe Paterno, blurb by Bono

This is not a joke. Ethan Persoff, archivist of weirdo ephemera and "comics with problems," tells Boing Boing:

In 2011 Rick Santorum insulted the planet by comparing traditional marriage to a napkin. But did you know he ALSO wrote a short piece of fiction about "the birth of the napkin" in 2003? And to add further humor: This same book contains an endorsement of the Santorums from Bono of U2, and includes a foreword on "decent manners with children" by Joe Paterno.

Look inside "Karen Santorum's Dirty Book on Manners" at Ethan's website, and you can buy a copy on Amazon. One wonders if future printings will scrub the reference to Paterno (and if the Bono endorsement will stay?)

Sandusky legal sarcasm fail

Jerry Sandusky's defense lawyer tried to brush off reporters who wanted to know about the eyewitness accounts of his client raping children. Counsel Joe Amendola told reporters who believed this testimony, "I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY." That turns out to be the number of a phone-sex line.

Joe Paterno, not getting it.

"The kids that were victims or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them."—Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, on the child sex abuse scandal in which he is looking more and more like a knowing enabler for a child rapist. His former colleague Jerry Sandusky is charged with 40 sex crimes against boys, from 1994 to 2005. Paterno has not been charged with any crime. But he's out. (via Joel Johnson)