GOOD DAY FOR:
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest awards its 2012 prize for the worst-possible opening sentence — which reads, in part, "...she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites..." — to a British novelist. [HyperVocal]
Third-ranked tennis great Rafael Nadal withdraws from the U.S. Open due to injury, leaving first-ranked Roger Federer facing easier odds. [Newser]
Kesho and his younger brother Alf, two silverback gorillas, are reunited after spending three years apart, and express "childlike glee" upon seeing each other again. [MetroUK]
BAD DAY FOR:
Pulling a Mel Gibson
The multi-millionaire founder of footwear company Crocs is arrested for a DUI and tells police, "I have 17 f***ing houses," when asked for his address. [The Daily]
The world of competitive Scrabble
A competitor is booted from the National Scrabble Championship when he is caught with extra blank tiles in his possession. [Geekosystem]
The High Court of Australia upholds a law requiring the removal of all logos and branding from cigarette cartons. The smokes' manufacturer will be identified in small, generic type, while graphic health warnings cover up to 90 percent of the packages. [Ad Age]
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- Ferguson riots were terrible — but this racist reaction was worse
- The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency
- Don't argue about politics this Thanksgiving. Just don't.
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- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to survive a spaceship disaster
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
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