Good week for: King Juan Carlos of Spain, whose putdown of bombastic Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a recent summit of Latin leaders—“Why don’t you shut up?”—has instantly become the most popular ring tone in Spain. About 500,000 people downloaded the king’s insult in one week.
Bad week for: Hubris, after a Manhattan restaurant that introduced a gold-laced, $25,000 dessert as a publicity stunt last week was shut down when health inspectors found the kitchen infested with live mice, flies, and dozens of cockroaches. A red-faced Steven Bruce, owner of Serendipity 3, said, “We’re rectifying it as quickly as we can.”
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