Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Not going gently, after a pair of elderly men escaped from a German retirement home and were found at 3 a.m. enjoying the Wacken heavy metal festival. This year’s event featured Judas Priest, Running Wild, and Hatebreed.
Comebacks, after former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emerged from obscurity to criticize President Trump for calling NBA star LeBron James stupid. “In my opinion everyone especially a President should love all. I love @KingJames” Ahmadinejad, 61, wrote on Twitter, which is banned in Iran.
Charity for all, after Ruth Reed of New Jersey gave money to a long-haired man who was a few dollars short at her local convenience store, and told him he looked like country superstar Keith Urban. “I am Keith Urban,” Keith Urban responded.
Bad week for:
Subtraction, after mathematician Caucher Birkar won the prestigious Fields Prize for his work on polynomial equations, only to have the 14-karat gold medal stolen by someone at the presentation ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Birkar will receive a substitute medal.
Authenticity, after the makers of Almond Breeze recalled 150,000 half-gallon cartons of almond milk from 28 states because some were contaminated with actual cow’s milk.
Really fake news, after a report that when Jared Kushner owned the New York Observer, he secretly ordered a software engineer to delete stories critical of his wealthy friends from the paper’s website. “Jared is such a coward,” said the editor at the time, Elizabeth Spiers. “He knew I wouldn’t do it.”