Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Equality, after Fort Collins, Colo., formally repealed its ban on women going topless. The victory for the nationwide “Free the Nipple” movement follows a federal appeals court ruling that the ban reinforced “negative stereotypes depicting women’s breasts, but not men’s breasts, as sex objects.”
Biblical wit, after a church in Ohio used its road sign to urge the thieves who stole its brand-new air conditioner to keep it, since “it’s hot where your [sic] going.”
The hungover, who are suffering from a legitimate “illness,” a German court ruled this week. The ruling, however, comes as a blow to the makers of over-the-counter hangover “remedies,” who will no longer be allowed to make unsupported health claims.
Bad week for:
Catharsis, after Ariauna Lillard, 19, of Nebraska, used a butane torch to incinerate a sheaf of love letters from her ex-boyfriend and left them on the carpet when they wouldn’t fully ignite. Lillard woke from a nap to find her apartment building on fire.
Typecasting, after actor Sean Bean, 60, announced that he has started turning down parts in which his character dies prematurely. Bean has died on screen 21 times in his career, and he complains that audiences “know my character’s going to die because I’m in it.”
Toiletries, after a spray can of dry shampoo that a Missouri woman left in her car on a hot day exploded, wrecked the interior, and shot up through the sunroof like a missile, landing 50 feet away. A chastened Christine Debrecht advised others to “heed those warnings on products you may be using.”