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Good news is, but the bad news is

Posted by Lexi on December 31, 2004

In Reply to: Downside vs upside posted by Ward on December 31, 2004

: A popular metric for decision making is comparing the upside of a decision (its possible positive outcomes) to the downside (the negative consequences) of the decision or event.
: Recent news item demonstrates --- the headline -- "Asteroid on Track to Hit Earth in 2029" --- the body of the article said that this event would solve the Social Security problem.
: Happy New Year to all the Phrase Finders.

Doctor: I have some good news and some bad news.
Patient: What's the good news?
Doctor: Your tests show you have 24 hours to live.
Patient: That's the good news!? What's the bad news?
Doctor: The bad news is that I forgot to call you yesterday.