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Good week for Mocking Angie’s leg, Rocky, Karma; Bad week for Contraception, Ice fishing, Everyone on Earth under age 60

Good week for:

Mocking Angie’s leg, after Angelina Jolie repeatedly thrust her right leg out of a slit in her gown while posing at the Academy Awards. A Twitter page, @AngiesRightLeg, quickly amassed 40,000 followers with mocking comments, and on the Web, Angie’s leg was being photoshopped into famous images, such as the Statue of Liberty, the moon landing, and The Last Supper.

Rocky, the largest lobster ever caught in Maine, after the 27-pound, 40-inch-long crustacean was released back into the ocean. It’s illegal to keep a lobster of that size.

Karma, after Marine Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt agreed to donate bone marrow to a stranger. Two days later, while playing the slots in Las Vegas, he won a $2.9 million jackpot.

Bad week for:

Contraception, after two chimpanzees at a sanctuary in New Orleans got pregnant, even though all the males had been given vasectomies. The males will now be getting another round of vasectomies, and the females will be put on birth control.

Ice fishing, after 36 parked cars at an annual ice fishing competition in Oshkosh, Wis., fell through thin ice on Lake Winnebago. A warm winter has kept many Midwest lakes from freezing.

Everyone on Earth under age 60, after astronomers detected a 460-foot-wide asteroid that might hit our planet in February 2040. The good news is that scientists aren’t sure of its path. By the time they are, says NASA scientist Donald Yeomans, “there would be time to mount a deflection mission to alter its course.”

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