Sometimes our eyes are wide shut. In moments when we think we see one thing, we see quite another.
This often happens when our emotions are high and our thinking faculties subdued.
Sympathy, therefore, must be ladled toward the German news station N24, which was extremely keen to tell the world about last week's killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team Six.
Unfortunately, in its haste to offer a SEAL logo, someone at the station actually mustered the logo of the "Star Trek" Maquis Special Operations Seals Team VI--a bunch of nasty little 24th century terrorists.
We should all be indebted to the crack team at TrekMovie.com which managed to root out this story, originally reported by Germany's Bildblog.
The folks at TrekMovie even persuaded a German friend to translate part of the N24 presenter's text. It reportedly included the words: "They don't have the skull in their emblem for nothing."
The Navy's SEAL Team Six actually doesn't have a skull in its emblem at all. Wouldn't that be slightly mean? And a little less than covert?
Closer inspection of the logo obtained by N24 should have turned up the notion that the skull is a little on the Klingon side. And, well, look, the word "Maquis" is right there in the logo too. Hold on, is that a phaser?
I have no reason to believe that anyone at N24 was waterboarded for this unfortunate Google search. However, one can only imagine that the real Navy SEALs might just chuckle if they heard that they were all, in fact, extra-terrestrial beings. And, um, terrorists.