Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Goose bumps, after 2,505 women set a new world record for “largest skinny dip” by bathing in the nude off the east coast of Ireland to raise funds for cancer research. “I have never been naked in front of anybody before, except my husband, and it was brilliant and bracing,” said participant Deirdre Betson.
Earth-shaking enthusiasm, after seismologists detected a small earthquake in Mexico City at the same time Mexico scored in the team’s 1-0 World Cup victory over Germany. The “artificial” quake was probably caused by “mass jumping,” geologists said.
Kim Jong Un, who in the wake of the recent summit with President Trump now boasts a higher “favorable” rating among Republicans—19 percent—than does House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—17 percent.
Bad week for:
Interactivity, after a 5-year-old boy accidentally knocked over a sculpture titled Aphrodite di Kansas City at a community center in Kansas. The center’s insurers have billed his parents for $132,000.
Calling 911, after a 12-year-old Canadian boy did just that, twice, to complain about being forced to eat a salad. Cpl. Dal Hutchinson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the boy not to make “nonemergency” 911 calls, but added sympathetically, “Many of us can relate to the dislike of a salad at times.”
Sloths, after a report that defecation, for sloths, can be as painful as childbirth is for human females. Adult sloths move their bowels only once a week, said Pittsburgh zookeeper Cathy Schlott, and “when the floodgates open, it’s a big production.”