Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Carnivores, after the launch in upstate New York of the first raw-meat vending machines. The Applestone Meat Co. says its refrigerated machines will let consumers purchase “sustainably raised” pork, beef, lamb, and sausage at any hour of the day or night.
Rebuilding, after the struggling Turkish soccer club Gulspor sold 18 of its youth-team players to another team and used the proceeds to buy 10 goats. The profits from breeding the goats and selling goat milk, said team president Kenan Buyuklebleb, will be used to “raise better young players.”
The lazy, after a study into metabolic rates of mollusks during the Pliocene era concluded that “the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish,” with species that expend as little energy as possible having a greater likelihood of surviving.
Bad week for:
Workaholics, after a new study found that people who took less than three weeks of vacation a year were 37 percent more likely to die young, even if they exercised and ate healthfully.
Swimming off Cape Cod, after a Scarsdale, N.Y. neurologist said he escaped a Great White Shark attack by punching the animal in the gills. “There was no time to think,” said William Lytton, 61, who suffered a severe bite to his left leg.
Throwing your wife under the bus, after Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) blamed his spouse, Margaret, for their indictment on charges of using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as tequila shots and an Italian vacation. “She handled my finances,” Hunter said. “I didn’t do it.”