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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Mexican fishermen, Actual human contact, Payback; Bad week for: Waking up late, High expectations, Sophisticated humor

Good week for:

Mexican fishermen, who had their best day in years after scooping up bucketfuls of sardines, striped bass, and mackerel that suddenly appeared in dense schools off the country’s west coast. The fishermen theorized that the fish had been stampeded in their direction by Japan’s undersea earthquake.

Actual human contact, after Christian clergy said a large number of people have given up Facebook for Lent. Facebook “is almost compulsive,” said Lutheran pastor Dan Hues. “That’s why it makes sense to give it up for Lent.”

Payback, after a California man elected to pay a $6,500 credit-card bill by delivering a load of 650,000 pennies to the bank.

Bad week for:

Waking up late, after 500 chronically late or absent students at Durfee High School, in Conway, Mass., started getting robocalls featuring the booming voice of the school principal saying, “It’s 6:15 and it’s Durfee High School calling!”

High expectations, after 9,700 Ohio taxpayers received letters promising huge tax refunds—some up to $200 million. The Ohio Department of Taxation blamed the letters on a software glitch.

Sophisticated humor, after hackers changed an electric highway sign in Houston, which originally said “DETOUR,” to spell out “POOP.” After two days, the sign then changed to “:) LOL.”

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