Writing terribly
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]

Roger Federer
Third-ranked tennis great Rafael Nadal withdraws from the U.S. Open due to injury, leaving first-ranked Roger Federer facing easier odds. [Newser]

Family reunions
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]


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]

Big Tobacco
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]

For more winners and losers see: Good day, bad day: August 14, 2012