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Crimson Reporter Unreasonably Proud of Pun

Thulman: "I hope students will find it...illuminating."

Sources say Harvard Crimson opinion writer Sam Thulman, ’16, is chuckling to himself in the newsroom over a brilliant play on words, after using the term “nocturnal emissions” to describe the ongoing issue of light pollution in the Boston night sky.

 Thulman calls his dexterous manipulation of the English language “his biggest contribution to the paper yet.” The bourgeoning columnist reportedly shared his witticism with Editorial Board editor William Xie, who said he “loved it” before averting his eyes and walking away quickly to attend to something on the other side of the newsroom.

 Thulman leaned over his computer to share his moment of journalistic ingenuity with Arts Board comper Julie Stein. “See, the lights emit pollution at night, so the result is–wait for it–nocturnal emissions!” said a grinning Thulman, returning to his rolling chair and clapping loudly. Upon seeing Stein’s blank stare of awe at his wit, Thulman said, “Like when people, you know . . . at night!”

 Most certainly the next writer for the New Yorker, Thulman took a minute to reflect before returning to his computer to enhance his op-ed on the impacts of excessive urban light exposure for human health with still more witty puns and comparisons. 

 "I just want to keep it light hearted," said Thulman, raising his eyebrows and nudging at no one in particular. 

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