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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Toto, Al Green, The National Mustard Museum; Bad week for: Stereotypes, Fooling around, Drinking a warm mug of donkey semen

Good week for:

Toto, after a Kansas state legislator introduced legislation that would make the cairn terrier, the breed of Dorothy’s dog in The Wizard of Oz, the official state dog.

Al Green, after President Obama sang the opening of Green’s 1972 hit “Let’s Stay Together” at a fund-raiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Sales of the song zoomed nearly 500 percent, with more than 16,000 downloads in a week. 

The National Mustard Museum, in Middleton, Wis., which was saved from closure after it was granted an extra year to pay back a $200,000 loan. The museum houses 5,300 mustards from all 50 states and 60 countries. “We want more people to come and have a good time,” said the museum’s curator.

Bad week for:

Stereotypes, after a British study found that women are better at parking than men. Surveillance of 2,500 drivers found that women were better at finding spots, lining up their cars, and backing into parking spaces. Men were often impatient and sloppy parkers.

Fooling around, after Pfizer recalled 1 million packages of birth-control pills that had the 28-day sequence of pills mixed up, creating the possibility of unintended pregnancy.

Drinking a warm mug of donkey semen, after NBC decided not to air an episode of Fear Factor in which two young women did just that, out of fear of offending viewers. “We are disappointed because we wanted to share the experience with our friends and family,” said contestant Brynne Odioso.

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