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Good week, Bad week

The spirit of Orson Welles; Croatians; Funky architecture

Good week for:

The spirit of Orson Welles, after an Alabama radio station aired a promotion about an alien invasion, prompting a flood of panicked calls to police. “It may have started as something innocent,” said the police chief, “but it has gotten out of hand.”

Croatians, who have more sex and more partners than any other nationality, according to a Men’s Health survey of more than 50,000 people in 30 countries. Indians have the least amount of sex—less than once a week.

Alternative medicine, after a Brazilian aquarium used acupuncture to alleviate an alligator’s chronic back pain. Biologist Rafael Gutierrez said the treatment worked wonders on the 8-year-old reptile, which can now swish its tail again.

Bad week for:

Funky architecture, after the curved glass façade of a new London skyscraper acted like a giant magnifying glass, melting the side of a businessman’s luxury car. “Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body,” said the car’s stunned owner.

Multitasking, after authorities in Yuzhou, China, stopped a woman who was weaving her moped through traffic while simultaneously breast-feeding her 18-month-old son.

Going out for a relaxing beer, after a National Guard jet accidentally dropped a dummy training bomb into the parking lot of a Maryland pub, barely missing cars and people and leaving a three-foot-deep crater. “The bomb squad told us we should rename the bar the ‘Bull’s-eye,’” said the owner of Darlene’s Tavern.

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