For those who have everything
May 26, 2013

If you're one of the more than 10 million Americans who are color blind, the EnChroma Cx-D or Cx-PT sunglasses ($599) could change your life. Creator Don McPherson stumbled upon the concept when a color-blind friend borrowed laser-operator safety goggles one day to play ultimate Frisbee. McPherson discovered that the goggles allowed his friend to distinguish colors because the lenses isolated color wavelengths, keeping reds and greens from blurring into brown. The EnChroma lens "applies the same idea" but refines it, and comes in stylish aviator or Buddy Holly–style frames.
The Week Staff

scary
6:44 p.m. ET
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A man swimming off Ocracoke Island in North Carolina was pulled underwater by a gray shark on Wednesday and bit several times, authorities said.

The 68-year-old was in waist-deep water about 30 feet from the beach when a gray shark between 6 to 7 feet long pulled him under and bit his rib cage, hands, lower left leg, and hip, Reuters reports. The man was with his adult son, who was not injured. He was able to swim to shore, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park Service said on Facebook, and was stabilized on the beach before being flown to a hospital.

The incident follows two attacks Saturday off North Carolina's Outer Banks, and back to back attacks June 14 within two miles of each other on Oak Island. Catherine Garcia

smoke weed every day?
5:01 p.m. ET

"Smoke weed every Wednesday" could become a new mantra for members of Indiana's First Church of Cannabis, which held its first formal service today.

Indiana made waves a few months ago when it passed a controversial version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), banning state and local laws that could "substantially burden" religious freedom. Critics of RFRA were concerned it would permit discrimination against the LGBT community, using religion as justification. Though the legislation was later amended to prevent such occurrences, Bill Levin, founder and "Grand Poobah and Minister of Love," created the First Church of Cannabis as a way to test the law.

"Of course I'm going to test this law," said Levin, a religious smoker himself, in an interview with U.S. News. "We're building a church with the cornerstone of love, the way religions are supposed to be built.”

In the middle of Wednesday afternoon, when plenty of attendees apparently had time on their hands, the church held its first-ever service. The proceedings had many things a regular church-goer would expect — including a performance of "Amazing Grace", a collection, and even a sermon — though there were, of course, some eccentric flourishes (church leaders took shots of "Kool Aid" at one point).

Though there were no illegal substances permitted during the service, I think it's safe to say they were there in spirit. Read more at Mashable. Stephanie Talmadge

Guacpocalypse Now
3:36 p.m. ET

Some things in this life are unforgivable. Peas in guacamole is one of them.

Um... how about no?

Following the offending tweet from The New York Times, the internet has responded in the only way it knows how: with collective outrage.

Even the Texas GOP weighed in, calling The New York Times' suggestion a "war on Texas" (never mind that pretty much everything is a war on Texas):

Many others, however, were similarly offended.

Uh, Minnesotan grape salad instead, anyone? Jeva Lange

what's in a name
3:20 p.m. ET
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Sorry, Redskins: No name change, no new stadium. The Obama administration is really putting its foot down, and plans to block Washington, D.C. authorities from building a new stadium for the city's football team because of the controversy surrounding the racist origins of its name. And because the land where city leaders and Redskins officials want to move the new stadium is the property of the National Park Service (NPS), they're in a bit of a pickle.

Right now, the team plays out in suburban Maryland, but officials have been discussing the possibility of bringing the team back into D.C. to play at the 54-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, which is two miles east of the Capitol. Officials were hoping to demolish the old stadium, where the Redskins played from 1991 to 1996, and replace it with a brand new one.

Obama has previously said that he wishes the team's name were changed, and the Patent and Trademark office has canceled the team's trademark. However, the Redskins might once again scrape by unchanged and get their stadium. While NPS explicitly said it would not support the stadium's construction, it did say that those in favor of the stadium are "nonetheless free to pursue legislation that would authorize the construction." Moreover, with Obama's limited time left in office, blocking a pass on the football stadium likely isn't a top priority. Becca Stanek

knew you were trouble
2:39 p.m. ET
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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the possibility that airlines have been colluding to keep ticket prices high, The Associated Press has learned. Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed the report, saying that the antitrust investigation seeks to uncover any "unlawful coordination" among some airlines. Although Pierce would not name the companies under investigation, some airline stocks have already begun to drop in the wake of the report.

Mergers have left American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines in control of 80 percent of the seats available in the United States, AP says. Tactics like eliminating unprofitable flights and filling higher seat percentages are allegedly used to keep the supply of tickets down, thus boosting prices. Jeva Lange

uber drama
2:32 p.m. ET
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Talk about some global issues. After last week's protests in Paris led to the indictment of two Uber executives in France, the ride-sharing company has already hit another roadblock — on the other side of the world.

In Brasilia, Brazil's capital, the city council voted to ban ride-sharing apps. And now Sao Paolo, the country's biggest city, is on its way to doing the same, voting 48-1 on Tuesday to prohibit its 12 million citizens from using smartphone-based ride-sharing apps. While Sao Paolo's ban still needs another vote and then approval from its mayor, and Brasilia's needs a final sign-off from its governor, Uber has remained defiant, posting on its Facebook page that the company "defends the right of users to choose the way they want to move about the city."

Uber has assumed a similarly flippant attitude in response to similar allegations in France, which a spokesperson for Uber called a "piece of pure calumny," The Wall Street Journal reports. The two Uber executives in France are facing charges including the illicit storage of personal data and the enabling of illegal taxi services. Becca Stanek

Takei Takedown
2:13 p.m. ET

Former Star Trek star George Takei and MSNBC's The Last Word host Lawrence O'Donnell agree that there's nothing especially "traditional" about Donald Trump's view of marriage — come on, the man's been married three times! But during an appearance on The Last Word, Takei was able to offer the insider scoop to O'Donnell.

Takei had formerly appeared on the fifth season of Celebrity Apprentice, and during a press conference for the show, Takei — himself an LGBT activist — asked Trump to discuss marriage equality over lunch. Trump, to his surprise, agreed. During the lunch, Trump further surprised Takei by revealing he'd just come from the gay wedding of a "very important Broadway personality."

"He said, 'You know what, George, I just came from a gay marriage,' and he told me, 'They are good friends of mine, it was a beautiful marriage,'" Takei said. "And I said, 'Then why can't you support marriage equality? You go to weddings of same-sex couples.' And he said, 'Well, I'm for traditional marriage.'"

But Trump's own marital history is "not traditional," according to Takei, who himself has been wedded to his husband, Brad Altman, for seven of their 27 years together.

"I think Donald Trump's interpretation of marriage is something that he really himself doesn't really believe in," Takei said.

Takei added that he believes Trump could come around on his so-called "traditional marriage" opinion, though. "He's a businessman," Takei said. "I think he's capable of saying anything that will be good for business or in whatever situation he should find himself in." Watch the full interview below. Jeva Lange

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