PORTLAND, Ore. -- Can. Someone. Please. Make. That. Baby. Stop. Crying.
No, actually. Babies are notorious for crying as long as they feel like it; adults are known by psychologists to hate the sound of crying babies more than just about any other sound; and well, there you are.
It's an age-old dilemma, and its very familiarity may account for the way in which an incident last week on an Oregon bus has become an international cause celebre. It is the story of two dozen passengers, more or less, a baby in a bad mood, and a bus that motored through its own terrible little Twilight Zone on the 16 miles from Beaverton to Forest Grove in the Portland suburbs.