Michael Roston, Social Media Producer at  NYTimes.com, says the Washington Post Company bought a zoo. We’re pretty sure Roston is joking, but the truth is almost as surprising:

The Washington Post Co. said Monday that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Celtic Healthcare, a provider of skilled home health-care and hospice services in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions.

The purchase price was not disclosed, but Donald E. Graham, chief executive of The Washington Post Co., said in a statement that the acquisition is “part of the Post Co.’s ongoing strategy of investing in companies with demonstrated earnings potential and strong management teams attracted to our long-term investment horizon.”

Twitter had a little fun with the news:

On a more serious note, does it strike anyone else as odd that a company best known for its flagship newspaper is moving into health care? Why, yes. Yes it does:

Then again, the Washington Post Company is already pretty diversified. It owns Kaplan Inc., an education provider, as well as various newspapers and television stations.  Perhaps it is taking its cue from Berkshire Hathaway, a remarkably successful conglomerate that grew through acquisitions and happens to be a substantial Washington Post Co. shareholder.

  • Gary L Monks Sr.

    Perhaps they know the lawsuits are comming and cant sustain their lying rag.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Doesn’t Berkshire Hathaway perform the same services as Bain Captial did? Minus the ‘taking an active part’ part? It is a ‘holdings’ company, no? So… Warren is a champ, and Romney’s evil. Got it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2GAZG5C4Y56A4HTP5HK4R3K2A Gordon

      What better way to “talk your book” than by purchasing your own newspaper?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Yeah, WaPo will be helping put down all the aging baby boomers and then when the last of their readers are gone they can put their left-spewing newspaper down and carry on with their new businesses. I’m sure the ObamaScareTAX death panels will funnel plenty of business their way …

  • sotosy1

    No, no, no, no…..This is a natural extension of their business plan..having helped kill their readership through the policies they advocate, they will profit from it by providing them a place to die.