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Good week for:
Karma, after Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at then–President Bush in Baghdad last year, had shoes thrown at him by a pro-American Iraqi during a news conference in Paris. “He stole my technique,” al-Zaidi said.
Catching bees with honey, after libraries in the Jackson-George Regional Library System in Mississippi sought to lure teenagers by stocking up on $13,000 worth of video games. “Once you’re in here, there are all these books,” said youth service assistant Rose Guice. “You can’t miss them.”
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Vegetarian pork sausage, after researchers in the Netherlands created meat in a laboratory for the first time, using extracted cells from a live pig. “If meat is no longer a piece of a dead animal,” said a PETA spokesman, “there’s no ethical objection.”
Bad week for:
Threatening to kill the line judge, after tennis star Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 and put on two years’ probation for her angry tirade at the U.S. Open in September.
The Olympic flame, which was frozen or blown out of service 12 times during its circuitous, 28,000-mile trip across Canada for the 2010 games. On one occasion, the runner carrying the torch endured temperatures of 40 below zero and winds of 40 mph in the barren tundra of Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Pleasing the boss, after Claudia De La Rosa, 31, of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was arrested on charges of falsely reporting a bomb at an airport. Police say De La Rosa called in the threat in order to delay a flight to Honduras, because her boss was running late.
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