Correction in today’s NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/ref/pageoneplus/corrections.html) reads:
A reader’s contribution in the Metropolitan Diary on Monday misstated the origin of an anecdote about a cellphone conversation in a restroom that ended: “I’ll have to call you back. There’s an idiot in the next stall who keeps answering my questions.” It has circulated for years; it was not based on the contributor’s personal experience.
So it’s the reader that “misstated” the origin of the anecdote.
I thought the Metropolitan Diary editors went to some extent to confirm that the stories they print are real life experiences.
Now we know that you can send them the hack gags you pick up off the Internet, and if the editors are bored enough with sifting through real stories, they might print the jokes.
Comedians, start your engines.