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Good week, Bad week

Buying bug spray; Extreme picnics; Sightseeing

Good week for:

Buying bug spray, after scientists revealed that fire ants are being displaced in the South by the so-called crazy ant, which has an even more painful sting. “When you talk to folks who live in the invaded areas, they tell you they want their fire ants back,” said a researcher.

The love train, after Prague’s subway system announced plans to set aside special train carriages for singles seeking a soul mate.

The munchies, after a Washington farmer who fed her pigs lots of marijuana leaves and stems found that they gained an extra 20 to 30 pounds. “They were eating more, as you can imagine,” said Susannah Gross.

Bad week for:

Borrowing inspiration, after an Episcopal priest in Massa-chu-setts was dismissed for plagiarizing dozens of sermons verbatim from a book called Dynamic Sermons.

Extreme picnics, after a group of American tourists in Iceland started to eat dinner at a table and chairs set up on an ice floe, only to find themselves floating out to sea when the floe broke apart. They had to be rescued.

Sightseeing, after a couple who had booked a Turkish Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal, ended up almost 7,000 miles away in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “When the flight attendant said we were heading to Dhaka, we believed that this was how you pronounced ‘Dakar’ with a Turkish accent,’’ said Sandy Valdiviseo.

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