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Fat guys, American ingenuity

Good week for: Fat guys, Los Angeles, Catchy titles; Bad week for: American ingenuity, Linguistic imperialism, The squeamish

Good week for:

Fat guys, after the Florida Marlins held tryouts for a new cheerleading squad called the Manatees, which will consist entirely of overweight—but limber—men.

Los Angeles, which was judged to have the best-tasting tap water in the world at the 18th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting.

Catchy titles, after Bookseller magazine selected the finalists for its oddest book titles of all time. The contenders include Are Women Human?; How to Write a “How-to” Book; Cheese Problems Solved; I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen; and its smash sequel, Go Ahead Woman, Do Your Worst.

Bad week for:

American ingenuity, after a Wisconsin man used a torch to clear the snow from his driveway, setting fire to a garage door. Police estimated damage to the garage and two vehicles inside at $20,000.

Linguistic imperialism, after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged state companies to stop using English business terms, such as “marketing,” “mouse,” and “password.”

The squeamish, after the U.N. sponsored a conference in Thailand to promote the eating of bugs. Scientists said 1,400 species of high-protein crickets, grubs, and other creepy-crawlies could help large populations survive a famine. “It’s excellent food,” said Dutch entomologist Arnold van Huis, urging Western aid agencies “to take a different attitude toward this.”

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