>i think it's obvious that someone's been hacking those pages - > that descirption showed up on hundreds of unrelated pages!
ROFLMAO! If you check the "unrelated pages", such as http://lef.com/financial.html you see they contain the META description field given in the example! The page creators mistook the example for the way their tags should be and copied them exactly. Therefore, cyberspace is over-run with sites that specialize in grooming pink poodles.