Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Thrift, with the news that Tayeb Souami, 56, of New Jersey, won last month’s $315.3 million Powerball jackpot only because his wife sent him back to the convenience store to return a $5 carton of orange juice that was on sale elsewhere for $2.50. “I love orange juice now,” said Souami.
Staying informed, after a new survey on the nation’s smartphone habits found that 10 percent of respondents admit to checking their phone during sex, including 17 percent of those ages 18 to 34.
Junk, after a small vase discovered in a French attic turned out to be an 18th-century relic of China’s Qing Dynasty and sold at auction for $18.9 million. The anonymous seller said, “We didn’t like the vase too much, and my grandparents didn’t like it, either.”
Bad week for:
Drunks, after ride-hailing giant Uber filed for a patent on AI technology that can determine a potential passenger’s level of inebriation based on movements of his or her smartphone, as well as location near bars. Drivers may then decline the pickup.
History, after Politico.com reported that in order to comply with the Presidential Records Act, White House staffers are taping back together official documents that President Trump, in keeping with his lifelong “filing” practice, has torn into pieces and discarded.
Finishing too soon, after model Winnie Harlow inadvertently waved the checkered flag after only 69 laps of last week’s 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix. After a brief huddle, Formula One officials declared race leader Sebastian Vettel the winner. “I’m so grateful no one was hurt!” Harlow later tweeted.