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Desperate measures, Civil discourse

Good week for: Being high on Mount Sinai, Getting out of a tight spot, Desperate measures; Bad week for: Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, Civil discourse, The Shark Shield

Good week for:

Being high on Mount Sinai, after an Israeli researcher concluded that Moses was probably on hallucinogenic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments. Mind-altering substances played an integral role in the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, said Hebrew University psychologist Benny Shanon.

Getting out of a tight spot, after Serena Kozakura, a Japanese swimsuit model, was acquitted of breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s house through a hole in the wall by demonstrating to the court that her breasts were too big to fit through it.

Desperate measures, after a Washington state man was arrested for falsely reporting that he was the victim of a drive-by shooting. Police said Daniel Kuch had a friend shoot him in the shoulder so he could avoid going to work and having to take a drug test.

Bad week for:

Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, who was ousted as mayor of Arling­ton, Ore., for posting risqué photos of herself on MySpace.com. Kontur-Gronquist said the pictures were meant to be private. “That’s my space,” she explained. “That’s why they call it MySpace.”

Civil discourse, after a North Carolina man was arrested for hitting a friend in the head with a baseball bat during an argument over the relative merits of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Shark Shield, a device designed to keep sharks away from surfboards by emitting electronic waves, after it was reported that in a pre-sales test, one of the devices was eaten by a shark.

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