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Voyeurism, Motivating the staff

Good week for: Blind luck, Second-guessing, Voyeurism; Bad week for: Alberto Gonzales, Motivating the staff, Travel guides

Good week for:

Blind luck, when an 85-year-old legally blind golfer made a hole in one on an Arizona course. “I thought they were kidding me,” said Robert Dunham. “I told them, ‘You guys better not be pulling my leg.’”

Second-guessing, after historians discovered that the Titanic probably would not have sunk if its builder had not tried to save money by using low-quality rivets.

Voyeurism, after a 15-year-old nude photograph of French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was sold at auction for $91,000, 20 times its expected price.

Bad week for:

Alberto Gonzales, who, The New York Times reported, has been rebuffed by several law firms and has been unable to find a new job since he was forced to resign as attorney general last year. “After many years in public service,” his spokesman said, “he is considering his options carefully.”

Motivating the staff, after a Utah salesman sued his former employer for waterboarding him during a team-building exercise. “You saw how hard Chad fought for air,” the boss allegedly announced. “I want you to go back inside and fight that hard to make sales.”

Travel guides, after an author who wrote 12 guidebooks for the Lonely Planet series admitted that he often cut corners. “They didn’t pay me enough to go to Colombia,” said Thomas Kohnstamm. “I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating.”

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