Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Australian dogs, whose owners can now be fined up to $2,700 if they don’t walk their pets at least once a day. “For the first time under law we are recognizing the science that animals are sentient, and feel emotion and pain,” said government minister Chris Steel.
Endangered species, after 432 Nigels gathered in a British pub to celebrate their decreasingly popular first name. “In the year I was born, 1963, there were over 5,000 Nigels born; it was peak Nigel,” said organizer Nigel Smith, 56. But “it’s gone out of fashion.”
Sleeping in coach, after Japan Airlines added a “child icon” to its online seat maps, showing which seats will be occupied by a passenger younger than 2 years old. One Twitter user thanked JAL for marking “where babies plan to scream during a 13-hour trip.”
Bad week for:
Pet adoption, after a Tennessee woman rescued what she thought was a stray kitten, only to be informed by neighbors that it was a young bobcat. “I was going to go home from dinner, give her a bath, put her in the bed with me,” said Jill Hicks. “When we decided she was a bobcat, I was like, ‘I probably better not do all of that.’”
Keeping your eyes on the road, after a digital billboard along I-75 in Michigan started broadcasting hard-core pornography. “I was just looking up at it and I was like, ‘Huh, oh, wow. That’s porn,’” said driver Chuck McMahon. Police are investigating.
Playing God, with expressions of regret from Wally Conron, the inventor of the “labradoodle” mixed dog breed. Citing the labradoodle’s mercurial behavior, and the craze the pooch sparked for “creative” breeding, Conron said he’d “opened a Pandora’s box.”