Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Nihilists, after more than 2,000 people correctly picked 0-0-0-0 in North Carolina’s Pick 4 state lottery, each earning a share of the $7.8 million payout. Lottery officials warned winners to expect “extended waiting times” to collect their prizes.
Beating the clock, after the 350 residents of the Norwegian island of Sommaroy—which has 24 hours of sunlight for several months—announced they want to create the world’s first time-free zone. “If you want to cut the lawn at 4 a.m., then you can do it,” said Kjell Ove Hveding, a leader of the campaign.
Timing, after residents of Cape Broyle, Newfoundland, held a procession through town to honor graduating high-school senior Trent O’Brien, 17, for a perfect 13-year school attendance record. “I got sick on weekends,” said O’Brien, explaining his secret.
Bad week for:
Remaining seated, after a Canadian woman fell asleep on a flight from Quebec to Toronto and woke up hours later to find herself alone locked into the “pitch-black” empty plane. A spokesman for Air Canada said it would investigate how this was possible.
Spectators, with warnings of an imminent spike in the price of popcorn, a result of heavy spring rains in the Midwest that limited corn plantings. “I’m guessing we’ll see a 10 to 20 percent increase in price,” said Brian Churchill of Preferred Popcorn.
Ageism, after a British town issued a “nuisance notice” forbidding an 81-year-old woman from wearing her bikini in her yard, because it caused “alarm and distress” to children at a nursery school next door. “I felt bullied,” senior citizen Kay Crane said of the ban.