Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, after a coffin containing the Romantic poet’s remains was discovered in a London wine cellar. “You could see it as appropriate,” commented Richard Coleridge, great-great-great-grandson of the hard-drinking author of Kubla Khan.
Close shaves, when an asteroid nearly four times the size of one that leveled 500,000 acres of Siberian forest in 1908 missed Earth by only 119,500 miles last weekend. Startled astronomers had detected it less than a day earlier.
Louisiana’s animals, after the state Senate passed a bill banning bestiality. “[If] you vote against this bill, good luck explaining it,” said Sen. J.P. Morrell. Ten senators then voted against it.
Bad week for:
Scott Pruitt, when Congress’ Government Accountability Office ruled that the scandal-plagued head of the Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when he installed a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office last year.
Henry David Thoreau, after a new study found that the ecosystem of once pristine Walden Pond in Massachusetts has been devastated by “anthropogenic nutrient inputs”—that is, tourist swimmers peeing in the pond.
Taunting, when Mexican-born boxer Francisco Vargas dominated and scored a technical knockout over Rod Salka, who wore trunks depicting a brick wall and the words “America First.” Vargas said his opponent’s trunks provided some “extra” motivation.